When it comes to controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, almost everyone has an opinion. While his innocence or guilt remains a hotly debated topic (and one that will likely be determined by a court), many Hip-Hop artists are echoing the sentiments of the media and the masses- that his legal troubles should come as no surprise based on his past, performances, personality, and posse.
One artist who has been particularly articulate in assessing 6ix9ine’s predicament is Remy Ma, who has repeatedly predicted the troubled rapper’s legal issues.
Yet Remy does not appear to be gloating as much as many celebrities who initially dismissed Tekashi 6ix9ine as an untalented joke who got what was coming to him. On State of the Culture with Joe Budden, Remy Ma does note that Tekashi “took an L in every category,” noting that Tekashi had a lot of enemies (and some deservedly so due to his “talking sh*t). She hypothesizes that 6ix9ine, like many young rappers, might feel the need to live a certain type of life that they rap about in their lyrics. She concludes with asking “what do you expect?”
Yet Remy Ma, who is no stranger to jail time having served over six years herself, notes that jail time can actually save people. She cites not just her own examples of lessons learned during her period of incarceration, but also the experiences and advice of others. Noting his numerous brushes with the law, she stated: “Jail can save people. Some people- you have to remove them from the world, from society, just so that they can live.”
On the show, Budden notes that pretty much everything that people thought was going to happen to him has basically happened to him.
If Tekashi is going to go away for a significant amount of time, then one can only hope that Remy’s prediction about jail time rehabilitation also comes true.
A prison reform activist, Remy Ma recently launched the Remy Ma Foundation, a charity whose goal it is to “provide opportunities and resources that are life-long and enhance the lives of women who have experienced incarceration.”