Showtime has released the trailer for Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine, an upcoming docuseries profiling the controversial hip hop artist. A three-part series, the premiere is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21, with the following episodes to debut on-air every Sunday thereafter through March 7. The entire series will also be released for on-demand streaming or download on Showtime and across all of the network's partner platforms on Feb. 21.
Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine is said to examine "manufactured celebrity through the lens of 6ix9ine's controversial artistry, personal demons and mastery of social media, as a reflection of our times and the complicity of culture today." The series also features "an exclusive post-prison interview with 6ix9ine following his release last year. Through the narrative spine of Tekashi 6ix9ine's controversial artistry and personal demons, this bizarre and complicated story is in many ways the truest reflection of current times as it unpacks the life-shattering results of influence, impact of social media and the disturbing possibilities of a deeply connected world."
Giancarlo Esposito (Better Call Saul, The Mandalorian) narrates Supervillain. Karam Gill (Ice Cold, G-Funk) directs. The series is produced by Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone and Lightbox. Brian Grazer executive produces with Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein of Imagine Documentaries, Gus Wenner of Rolling Stone, Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn of Lightbox, journalist Stephen Witt and Peter J. Scalettar.
As the rapper details in the trailer, he's well aware of his infamous reputation. In the hip hop world, he is known for some of his biggest hits like "Gummo," "Gotti," and "Fefe" with Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz. Last year, his second album, TattleTales, debuted at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200. He's found great success in music, but even so, it's 6ix9ine's notoriety that he's perhaps best known for, as his troubles with the law have been very well documented.Over the years, 6ix9ine has been arrested on multiple occasions and charged with several very serious crimes.
As he was allegedly a part of a "violent sect of the Bloods" known as the Nine Trey Gangsters, the rapper was arrested in 2018 with charges including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery. Facing nearly 50 years in prison, 6ix9ine infamously struck a plea deal, agreeing to testify against his fellow gang members in exchange for a reduced sentence. He was ultimately sentenced to just two years, though he was allowed to spend the final few months outside of prison and in home confinement.
The trailer is bringing about some mixed opinions on YouTube. Questioning why the rapper even has fans, one response reads, "Why do people love villains more than heroes?" Meanwhile, another comment from a 6ix9ine fan says, "KING OF NY. LONG LIVE 6IX9INE. THE GOAT."
Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine will premiere on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. New episodes will air on Showtime on the following Sundays or the entire series can be streamed starting Feb. 21 on-demand. The new trailer comes to us from Showtime on YouTube.