‘Supervillain’: How the Tekashi 6ix-9ine Documentary Made an Action Figure Into an Artful Monster

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine” has its share of surprises.

Karam Gill’s three-part series charts the perpetual rise and fall of one of the music world’s largest antagonists, the process by which Brooklyn-born and -raised Daniel Hernandez slowly transformed himself into rapper and social media archenemy Tekashi 6ix9ine.Amidst the blend of interviews and archival footage, each episode takes a few well-timed journeys into a dreamlike abstract void.

Dubbed in onscreen text as “Elements of a Supervillain,” each of these interstitials takes a part of the Tekashi lore and brings it to an artistic operating table of sorts.

With a synthetic Tekashi figure in the center of the frame, disembodied white-gloved hands manipulate and style him as part of a hypnotic, sometimes nightmareish makeover.“Karam said, ‘Think “Apple meets Kanye’s house.”‘ And I think that was deliberately to contrast with the gritty nature of doing found footage documentary.

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