Trollz
by 6ix9ine (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Album: Tattle Tales (2020)
Charted: 12 1

Songfacts®:

  • 6ix9ine teams up with fellow New Yorker Nicki Minaj for this braggadocios track. The song title does not appear in the lyrics; instead it references the two MCs "trolling" their enemies during their bars.
  • Tekashi starts off his verse by slamming his haters in the rap industry.

    I know you don't like me
    You wanna fight me


    The Brooklyn rapper spends the rest of his verse and the chorus boasting about his wealthy lifestyle, the luxury cars he can afford, and the loose women who are flocking to him.
  • Minaj's verse is based around taking shots at detractors as well as flexing about her longevity in the rap game and her sexual allure.
  • This is the duo's third collaboration, following "FEFE" and "Mama" both from 6ix9ine's 2018 album Dummy Boy.
  • 6ix9ine has been a controversial figure since pleading guilty to use of a minor in a sexual performance. Later, the authorities arrested the rapper on racketeering, weapons, and drugs charges, but he received a reduced sentence after testifying in the gang trial of several of his former associates in the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood. Such behavior is frowned upon in the world of hip-hop and has left him labeled a "snitch."

    Minaj has supported and remained loyal to Tekashi throughout his career, but her decision to collaborate on this song ignited a maelstrom of criticism on social media.
  • In response to the criticism she was garnering for the collaboration, Minaj promised a portion of proceeds from the song and merchandise items will support The Bail Project. The nonprofit organization assists individuals who cannot afford to make bail while awaiting trial.
  • Jeremiah "Sad Pony" Raisen supplied the beat. Sad Pony's previous credits include Charli XCX's "London Queen" and Kelela's "Rewind." Some of you might recognize his name from a high-profile lawsuit where he and his brother Justin Raisen accused Lizzo of plagiarizing one of their songs for her smash hit "Truth Hurts."
  • Nicki Minaj recorded 11 different versions of her verse before settling on the final product. It was that 11th recording that was used for the original release. The two rappers also dropped "Trollz (Alternate Edition)" featuring Minaj's first take of the song.
  • Boosted by over a dozen physical/digital combination offerings priced from 69 cents to $10 during the tracking week, the song debuted at #1 on the Hot 100.

    6ix9ine achieved his first ever chart topper despite limited playlisting. The rapper called out Apple, Spotify and other music services for not pushing "Trollz," adding that the music industry tried to "blackball" him but he "won."

    Minaj previously visited the summit as a featured artist on the remix of Doja Cat's "Say So."
  • "Trollz" plummeted from #1 to #34 in its second week on the Hot 100. This set the record for the steepest drop from the summit to another rank, doubling that of the previous record-holder, The Weeknd's "Heartless," which dropped 1-17 on the December 21, 2019 chart.

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