Written by: Khalif Thompson
Only a week ago, rumors surfaced online about 6ix9ine being sued for millions of dollars for allegedly canceling gigs, and now, court records obtained by Billboard suggest that the controversial recording artist may be in legal danger once more.
The newest complaint filed against the 26-year-old comes from Warren Hamilton, a South Carolina recording artist who has performed under the rap identity "SIX9" since 2007.
6ix9ine (born Daniel Hernandez) has "injured and stifled" his career, according to Hamilton, since 2017, when he began releasing his own songs under a very similar alias.
SIX9's most recent musical release was in January of this year, and he's published a number of projects under the moniker. In addition, he has traveled around the country and has played in places with big celebrities like Lil Wayne.
Legal documents argued, “Many rap and hip-hop consumers have erroneously accused and criticized Hamilton of stealing Hamilton’s SIX9 mark from Hernandez. Many rap and hip-hop consumers have also mistakenly attended Hamilton’s live performance shows thinking that Hernandez was going to be performing [and] many music promoters and booking agents have refused to book live performance shows."
It should be remembered that the New York native began his career as Tekashi69. The shorter version of Hernandez's pseudonym, according to Hamilton and his attorneys, is intended to disassociate Hernandez from his 2015 conviction on one count of "use of a child in a sexual performance."
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"If a DJ on the radio or a playlist or podcast announces that this is a song by SIX9 or 6ix9ine, the average consumer doesn’t know by the announcement of the artist’s name if that song is going to be by Hamilton or Hernandez since each mark has the same exact pronunciation and meaning," the suit explains.
"The same is true if a consumer saw a concert poster or heard an advertisement using the mark SIX9 or 6ix9ine."
Stay tuned for more updates on this legal matter!