Tekashi 6ix9ine’s “GOOBA” Breaks a YouTube Record

Tekashi 6ix9ine being released from prison when we are all glued to the internet during this pandemic was a perfect storm for some hype, and the controversial New York-bred rapper known for his colourful look and loud persona lived up to the expected fanfare of his return.

Daniel Hernandez, also known as Tekashi 6ix9ine was released early from his two-year prison sentence a little over a month ago at his request over the fear of contracting coronavirus and it was expected to hear new sounds from the rapper sooner rather than later. We got just that with his new hit single GOOBA. This is the first we have heard from the rapper since his debut album Dummy Boy, which dropped in November 2018 while he was serving his sentence.   Currently, the song stands at 84 million views on Youtube at the time of writing and has broken the record for most views in a 24-hour span for a hip hop video at 43 million views as well as reaching the top 3 on the US iTunes sales chart.

Now I do commend Tekashi and his team for taking full advantage of the times and riding this wave of hype to the fullest (he also broke the record for most views on Instragam live) but this is a sound we’ve come accustomed to with Tekashi 6ix9ine. The signature yelling, slapping beats, repetitive lyrics and colourful visuals are somethings we have seen time and time again with him. To expect something groundbreaking from the rapper who starts this song with the lyrics, “drop it down and wobble, wobble up, mami booted up. She get down and gobble, gobble up ‘cause my money up,” might've been too much to ask for in my opinion. With that being said, this is a song I’ll be leaving off my playlist.

The rapper who will spend the rest of his 24-month sentence at home is clearly poised to take advantage of this pandemic as he is rumored to be releasing two new albums over its course. Will I be tuning in? Of course. Will I be adding any tracks to my playlist? Probably not, but I would enjoy Tekashi to challenge his limits as an artist and take on a new sound. That would be refreshing to hear, but what do I know I’m not pulling 43 million views in 24 hours. Get it how you live ladies and gentlemen.

Written by Hector Nilo