Legally embattled, rainbow-haired and facially tattooed rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine nearly hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts on Monday with his new album, “Dummy Boy” — even while the artist cools his heels in jail.
But music critics sharply disagreed with the fans who streamed songs from the album 72 million times. UK music bible NME called it “one of the most unlistenable rap records of this year,” while the New York Times dubbed “Dummy Boy” “energetic but scattered” and hipster site Pitchfork reckoned, “there’s nothing redeeming.”
Either way, the album nearly hit No. 1 with just three days of chart eligibility against rival rapper Travis Scott’s album “Astroworld,” which enjoyed an over-the-top marketing campaign. (Scott’s record was released back in August, but bounced back to No. 1 thanks to a Cyber Monday promo blitz that sold Scott merchandise bundled with copies of the album.) Scott’s the partner of Kylie Jenner.
Tekashi’s album release was initially said to be delayed because of his recent arrest — but the record then leaked online and was hastily released to the public. He’s been in federal custody since being indicted last month on racketeering and firearms charges, and is weathering other legal woes. The album includes guest appearances by Nicki Minaj and Kanye West.
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