Tekashi 69 Explains How Health Concerns Made Him Step Away From Social Media

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The controversial rapper explains how weight gain forced him to take his health seriously and take a break from the internet.

Rapper Tekashi 69 stepped away from the spotlight last year because he didn’t want fans to see his weight gain.

The first episode of his Showtime documentary series “Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine” premiered on Sunday (February 21st), and now he’s back on Instagram, having been a no-show for months after dropping his TattleTales album in September – and coming clean.

The “ZAZA” rapper took to the photo-sharing site on Wednesday to reveal his physical transformation.


“Hey guysss… SO the real reason I LEFT Instagram and MUSIC for 6 months is because in September I was the biggest I ever got…,” he wrote. “I weighed 204 pounds and I was kinda going through a lot in life and I was just constantly eating and eating.

“I told myself to put the music to the side and focus on myself and here I am today 60 pounds lighter at 140.”

Before his weight gain, Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, spent time behind bars after pleading guilty to firearms and racketeering charges in February 2019.

His sentence was reduced after he agreed to work with federal agents and testify against leaders of the Brooklyn gang Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, and he was released in April of 2020.

His “Supervillain” docu-series continues on Showtime this weekend (February 28th).