‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ Review & Summary

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Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine is a documentary based on the rise of rapper 6ix9ine. From his thirst for validation to his full-fledged criminal record, the documentary provides a deep character study of a man driven by the internet. 

‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ Cast

  • Giancarlo Esposito as The Narrator
  • Tekashi 6ix9ine as Himself 

‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ Plot

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine begins with his early life and his problems with drugs and dads. It constructs a narrative through a model which deteriorates and undergoes different shapes and sizes before reaching its final stage. The major part of the plot is focused on his gang related activities and how he led to the arrest of the majority of Trey Gang members. 

‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ Review

What’s the worst one can do for validation? Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine, is a ruthless documentary on a person who knows little in terms of social boundaries and ethics. The entire life of 6ix9ine is based on acquiring a name for himself.

For a man who judges his success by the amount of Instagram followers he has, this documentary conducts an entire character study without ever reaching a conclusion.

‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’: Differentiating between Success and Views

The documentary is narrated by Giancarlo Esposito, and for someone like me who has always been detached from hip hop culture, this was the selling point. Almost everyone has a basic awareness of who 6ix9ine is but the same can’t be said about his activities and full-fledged crimes.

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine is divided into elements which turn a person into, well, a supervillain. We see the basic anatomy of a man, a model and then we see the kind of changes it goes through as his ideals and hysteria progresses nationwide. It starts off with a kid who has never known what a family feels like. His troubled childhood and his heart breaking relationship with his stepdad are some of the very early catalysts of his dementia. 

As we move forward, we discover his thirst for standing out and creating chaos in an industry driven by romanticism. Coloured hair and an entire body filled with tattoos made him into a person who people can’t help but look at. It’s like he says, “It’s a fetish, they don’t like something but they keep watching it”. His composition for chaos has always possessed a cleverness and a level headed thinking.

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine and the people involved in it make it very clear that his divisive ways to attain his goals were nothing short of brilliant.

Attention provokes him and he provokes attention, a constant, vicious cycle which knows no boundaries. Then Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine takes a hard turn and introduces us with his ventures in the hoods and specifically Trey gang. What goes down is a series of betrayals and fame hungry actions which ultimately lead to the downfall of the entire group. 

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‘Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine’: Karam Gill Directs the Hell Out of this Documentary

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine is one hell of a documentary. The sound design and the tapes we see really send chills when one considers the full context behind them.

The entire narrative of constructing the model of Tekashi with scientists meticulously playing with their tools and elements, is so well edited and conceptualized that it essentially provides a backbone to the entire documentary. The entirety of the three episodes try to construct a slope of insanity. A plot which only gets darker and more maniacal as the runtime progresses. 

Why 6ix9ine? I kept asking myself, wondering what forced Karam Gill to go ahead and turn this seemingly selfish and deranged man into a so called “supervillain”. He always was a product of the internet, yet he somehow led himself into the blacklist of United States Police.

The shootings and the fights, when looked from a third person’s perspective, were nothing but attempts at earning some sort of validation. The pacing of the three episodes complimented the gradual increase of insanity. It ends, but on a note which doesn’t feel complete, a story which doesn’t necessarily conclude. Knowing the kind of man 6ix9ine is, his success compressing all around him is bound to provoke a blast and only at that, will his story really end. 

The Movie Culture Synopsis

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine is an insanely well-made documentary on a person who maybe doesn’t deserve any more attention.

From hearing Giancarlo Esposito narrate the rise of a villain to watching the incidents play out in front of us, this documentary will hopefully be an eye opener for his diehard fans who can’t differentiate between art and insanity, rap and its romanticism.

Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine will stream in the country from 26th of March 2021 onwards only on Voot Select.

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  • Hardik is a Mumbai based writer who is a cinephile. Nothing interests him more than movies and visual entertainment. His other hobbies include reading and singing (At least, he likes to think that he sings well). You can connect with him on his Instagram.