Rap fans were sent for a spin on Sunday when 6ix9ine shared a video on Instagram of him and Akon in a home studio listening to what sounds like the sequel to Akon's "Locked Up."
"LOCKED UP PART 2 IM ON ALBUM MODE," 6ix9ine wrote in the caption and tagged Akon. "THIS ALBUM GOING CRAZYYYYYYY."
In the snippet, Tekashi seems to offer a rare, personal perspective on his legal troubles, singing about his regrets and uneasy feelings, as well as his time in prison away from his family.
"Fightin' with these demons / Barely even eating / Barely even sleeping / This shit got me tweakin' / Fighting with my lawyers / For a better offer / Just wanna see my daughter," he says.
Over the original beat, Akon then appears with a play on the classic hook – "They won't let me out" – and an unheard verse.
Of course, it didn't take long for 6ix9ine to boast about this upcoming collaboration, using the moment to take shots at his rivals YG and Meek Mill with a meme.
A few days prior, 6ix9ine questioned Meek Mill's willingness to protest and questioned why the latter dropped a new song, "Otherside of America," on Friday, June 5. It's worth noting that Meek shared a photo of himself participating in a Philadelphia protest about a week ago.
Akon has been one of the most vocal supporters of 6ix9ine and his decision to cooperate with federal authorities in the trials of several members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, helping himself get a lighter sentence.
During an Instagram Live interview with DJ Whoo Kid in April, the 47-year-old referred to 6ix9ine as his “lil man” and said that he doesn’t blame the rapper for taking the stand against his one-time fellow gang members.
“He had to literally decide, ‘What’s more valuable to me? My family, my future?'” Akon said.
He was also quick to use Tekashi's age as an excuse, saying, "I still look at him as a young G that was surrounded by a whole bunch of people that didn't inform him or educate him properly as to what he was getting himself into."
Released in 2004, "Locked Up" was the lead single off Akon's debut album, Trouble, peaking at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and earning a gold certification from the RIAA.
While many were disappointed in the singer's choice to remake such an iconic song with such a controversial figure, *snitch* *cough,* 6ix9ine's long, rainbow-colored hair took the brunt of the jokes. Several commenters even likened his look to those of Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande. 💀