The rapper Tekashi69, also known as 6ix9ine, was involved in a brawl at the Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday, Feb. 21.
A video obtained by the paparazzi shows the 21-year-old and his friends confront an unidentified man. Before a brawl broke out, 6ix9ine was pulled away from the scene by someone from his camp. However, shortly after, the rapper returned to join his friends in the fistfight.
At one point, the "Gummo" rapper fell down in the middle of the street and in front of oncoming traffic. By then, the fight has dissipated, and the rapper's crew took him inside the airport.
The news was first reported by TMZ.
6ix9ine has been dealing with controversies for the past two months. A couple of his concerts in Los Angeles has already been canceled due to gang-related threats.
On an Instagram post, he mentioned some "scary West Coast clout chasin rappers wanna cancel shows." However, he warned that he will still come over even if all his upcoming performances get canceled.
The rapper has not revealed why his friends confronted the unidentified man outside the airport, although some do not believe the fight and suggests that it was staged. 6ix9ine, coincidentally, will release a new album on Friday, Feb. 23.
However, 6ix9ine has already debunked the rumors that the brawl outside LAX was a way to promote Day 69.
"Yo for all the people saying that that fight was staged for promo for the project release on Friday, it wasn't staged," he said on Instagram (via Hot New Hip Hop) shortly after videos of the fight surfaced. "Y'all n*ggas just mad. When I don't get touched, y'all n*ggas be mad tight. The n**** was bleeding from his face like it's not staged. Like why I gotta stage something for an album release, n****? My shit gonna sell regardless."
On Gun Control
On the same day, before the fight, TMZ was able to get a hold of the rapper. 6ix9ine was asked about guns in rap music, including in his own tracks.
The rapper said that people cannot blame rap music because it is only a reflection of the environment surrounding the artist and his own lifestyle.
"People looking at it saying 'this is bad this is bad, this is all bad,' but they don't know this is showing our environment," he explained.
Further, he revealed his thoughts on gun control, saying that every city is different. However, in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in a school in Florida, 6ix9ine agrees that guns should be taken out of children's hands.