Many rappers have held the title in the past, but in 2018, 6ix9ine is hands down rap’s crown ruler of controversy.
Since his buzz reached a national level in late 2017 following the release of “Gummo,” the Brooklyn rapper has been involved in one rap beef after another, taking on the likes of The Game, YG, Trippie Redd, Casanova, Jay Critch and others. Most recently, he set his sights on Chief Keef and has seemingly used the opportunity to make this his most memorable squabble yet, good idea or not.
The genesis of the two rappers' issues is somewhat murky. The problems seem to be at least tangentially related Tekashi's beef with Tadoe, a Sosa affiliate. More specifically, the origins may be a song that both Chief Keef and Tadoe appear on with Trippie Redd that could be perceived as a diss toward the rainbow-haired rapper.
In early June, Tekashi uploaded a video in which he calls out Sosa and affiliate Lil Reese. "Nobody give a fuck about what y'all niggas did three years ago, I don't think y'all understand what I was talking about in my last video,” the “Tati” rapper says in the clip. "What y'all did four years ago, three years ago, live in y'all raps, y'all don't do. I know that personally."
The vitriol didn’t stop there. "What y'all gon' give me? 48 hours? 'Yo wait two months this shit gon' die.' Where? Where I'ma die? Fuck Chief Keef. Fuck Lil Reese. Fuck all them niggas,” he added. “Fuck are y'all niggas talking about? Fuck are all y'all niggas talking 'bout. I bet y'all niggas [won't] pull up to New Jersey now. Jersey ain't even my city but my brothers out here, you heard me."
From there, things have continued, and possibly turned violent between the two rival factions. Hopefully, this situation either stays on social media or dies down in the near future. In the meantime, XXL takes a dive into the issues between 6ix and Sosa to see how it's all played out.
6ix9ine and GBE Affiliate Tadoe Beef Over Cuban Doll (May 5, 2018)
After Cuban Doll and 6ix9ine posted video of a FaceTime conversation they had to social media, Cuban shows off injuries she reportedly received at the hands of her boyfriend, GBE rapper, Tadoe, who allegedly assaulted her as a result of her getting close to the Brooklyn rapper. Later, video surfaced of 6ix and Tadoe arguing over the phone, with Tadoe warning, "I kill people."
Trippie Redd, Chief Keef and Tadoe Drop "I Kill People" Track (June 1, 2018)
Clearly referencing Tadoe's staunch warning to 6ix9ine, Trippie Redd, who has beefed with 6ix9ine in the past, teamed up with Chief Keef and Tadoe on the new song, "I Kill People."
6ix9ine Calls Out Chief Keef and Lil Reese (June 1, 2018)
Taking aim at Sosa—and inexplicably Lil Reese—6ix9ine posts a scathing video on social media in which he calls out the Chicago rappers.
"Nobody give a fuck about what y'all niggas did three years ago, I don't think y'all understand what I was talking about in my last video," the "Gummo" rapper says in the clip. "What y'all did four years ago, three years ago, live in y'all raps, y'all don't do. I know that personally."
He adds, "What y'all gon' give me? 48 hours? 'Yo wait two months this shit gon' die.' Where? Where I'ma die? Fuck Chief Keef. Fuck Lil Reese. Fuck all them niggas. Fuck are y'all niggas talking about? Fuck are all y'all niggas talking 'bout. I bet y'all niggas [won't] pull up to New Jersey now. Jersey ain't even my city but my brothers out here, you heard me."
Chief Keef Is Shot at Outside of a New York City Hotel (June 2, 2018)
A trip to the Big Apple almost turned deadly for Chief Keef and crew as they were shot at upon returning to the W Hotel in Times Square, where they were staying. No one was injured in the shooting. Rumors circulate that 6ix9ine's crew may have been involved. At the time, police are unable to make any connections to the Brooklyn rapper.
Chief Keef Refuses to Talk About NYC Shooting (June 2, 2018)
After a flight to Los Angeles, Chief Keef is stopped at LAX on the same day of the shooting and questioned about the incident. He remained mum, simply stating, "We don't have scary incidents."
6ix9ine Trolls Chief Keef by Saying He Wants to Work With Him (June 2, 2018)
6ix9ine is interviewed on the same day as the NYC shooting and goes into troll mode when asked about it. "I'm a big fan of Chief Keef," he says. "How much you think a feature cost from Chief Keef?"
When asked about going at Keef online he responded, "My account be getting hacked and shit. But I'm a big fan."
6ix9ine Claims Chief Keef Was Shot at Becuase He Promotes Violence (June 6, 2018)
Tekashi continues his trolling ways when offering an explanation about why Chief Keef may have been the victim of a shooting, telling TMZ, "I guess Chief Keef—you know, he's a gangsta rapper. He promotes violence. I guess he has a lot of beef in these streets. I don't know who he beefing with that wants to hurt him, but, it's definitely not me. I'm actually a fan."
6ix9ine Requests Chief Keef's 'Bang 3 Pt. 2' Album on Tour Rider (June 12, 2018)
The pettiness continues with 6ix9ine demanding copies of Chief Keef's Bang 3, Pt. 2 album in every dressing room on his World Domination tour.
6ix9ine Goes to Chicago (June 12, 2018)
6ix9ine takes a trip to the Chi. While there, he gives out food to the homeless, claiming, "These other Chicago rappers don't give back." He also allegedly pulled up on the city's infamous O Block, Keef's old stomping ground.
Chief Keef and Lil Reese Go Looking for 6ix9ine (June 12, 2018)
After seeing 6ix9ine posting videos in the Chi, Chief Keef and Lil Reese go on the hunt for the "Gummo" rapper, posting video of the wild goose chase on social media. "That man with the cops, man. He on some police shit," Sosa says of their mark. "He trying to send somebody to jail. Motherfuckers ain't on that."
6ix9ine Takes Chief Keef's Child's Mother on a Shopping Spree (June 13, 2018)
Nat King Troll steps up his Chief Keef taunts by flying out Aareon "Slim Danger" Clark, the mother of one of Sosa's children, for a Gucci shopping spree in NYC. Clearly a move taken from 50 Cent's book.
Chief Keef's Other Child's Mother Exposes 6ix9ine's Attempt (June 14, 2018)
6ix9ine had plans to take Sosa's other BM out on a shopping spree, but she turned down the offer and exposed the rapper's attempt to the world.
NYPD Investigates 6ix9ine in Chief Keef Shooting (June 18, 2018)
Though 6ix9ine was in Los Angeles at the time of the shooting, police start an investigation into whether the rapper has any connection to the two men who shot at Keef in New York City weeks prior. Surveillance video from the scene shows two masked men tailing the rapper in a van, and firing shots at him.
Chief Keef's BM Recounts Sexual Encounter With 6ix9ine (June 21, 2018)
Slim Danger strikes again. This time, Chief's Keef's BM appears on a radio show and details her sexual encounter with 6ix9ine, in another attempt to spite Sosa.