An opportunist who transformed a sort of telegenic incandescence of social media into a musical career, a curiosity that embraced a quixotic anti-style and became a fixture on the Billboard charts, 6ix9ine became one of the emblematic rappers of the SoundCloud generation, even if rapping himself is not of great interest to him.
He is a snoozy lyricist, almost entirely devoid of interest in the narrative, the complexity or even the fundamental principles of the nursery rhyme. On the contrary, it emphasizes consistency and intensity - generally, it is screaming in a static scraping, an approach that suggests abandonment and potential chaos around the corner.
But as much as he is a musician, he is an actor, with a carefully cultivated online personality designed for maximum shock. «Dummy Boy» presents a rapper that always sounds like
This makes the «Dummy Boy» energetic but shed much less rowdy than his first full version, «Day69», which was full of short and punchy tracks that defied many rap conventions.
6ix9ine goes to long way; often he sounds like an accent piece on his own album. «Feefa» feels like a Gunna song that happens to feature 6ix9ine; «Waka» feels like an A Boogie Wit From Hoodie song that happens to feature 6ix9ine. Kanye West, exceptionally, is «Kanga,» which features a happy-to-play-second-fiddle.
What may seem like a lasting impression of this album, however, is the tension of anxiety that runs through it about the affiliations with Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.