Premium pay-TV network Showtime, a division of ViacomCBS, has set a late-February premiere date for its anticipated three-part docuseries Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine.
Directed by Karam Gill (Ice Cold, G-Funk), the limited series will profile the meteoric rise and catastrophic fall of controversial hip-hop artist 6ix9ine.
Based on Rolling Stone journalist Stephen Witt’s feature, Tekashi 6ix9ine: The Rise and Fall of a Hip-Hop Supervillain, the series examines the concept of manufactured celebrity through the lens of the notorious performer named Daniel Hernandez, his mastery of social media and ensuing battle with personal demons. The series will chart Tekashi’s humble beginnings as a New York City deli clerk, his rise as the face of Gen Z and hip hop’s “prince of trolls”, and his eventual fall from grace as he currently serves time in prison on federal racketeering and weapons charges.
According to a release, the three-part series will also establish how Tekashi became an infamous Internet troll, “making as many enemies as fans, eventually being blacklisted by media outlets, shot at, kidnapped and arrested.”
Supervillain is narrated by Better Call Saul and The Mandalorian‘s Giancarlo Esposito. It is produced by Imagine Documentaries, Rolling Stone and Lightbox Entertainment.
Executive producers include Imagine Documentaries’ Brian Grazer, Justin Wilkes and Sara Bernstein; Rolling Stone’s Gus Wenner; and Lightbox’s Jonathan Chinn and Simon Chinn. Journalist Stephen Witt and Peter J. Scalettar also exec produce.
Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine premieres Feb. 21 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime.