Tekashi 6ix9ine says his name was inspired by Japanese anime characters, not a Brooklyn tattoo artist who sued him for defamation in 2021.
Japanese ink master Takashi Matsuba claimed he found out from two documentaries that the Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, took Matsuba’s stage name and that association with the tattooed rhymer had tarnished his reputation.
But the rainbow-haired music artist claimed in a affidavit filed Wednesday in the case that the name “is unrelated to plaintiff Takashi Matsuba.”
The affidavit also states that the rapper recently dropped Tekashi altogether and now only uses 6ix9ine.
Matsuba said the two documentaries — Hulu’s 69: The Saga of Danny Hernandez and Showtime’s Supervillain: The Making of Tekashi 6ix9ine — mention him as the inspiration for the rapper’s name and incorrectly implied that Matsuba took heroin as inspiration.
But 6ix9ine says he had nothing to do with either documentary and didn’t even “recognize as mine the voice in the documentary” in which he allegedly spoke about how his name came from Matsuba, the affidavit said.
“And for the record, that statement is not true,” read the 6ix9ine affidavit.
Lawyers for 6ix9ine say Matsuba’s claims show “hubris” as he “seeks to confiscate and restrict the use of his shared Japanese first name,” according to Wednesday court filings.
Attorneys for Matsuba and 6ix9ine declined to comment.
The 26-year-old musician has been serving a sentence in a gang case and was convicted of posting child porn.
6ix9ine made headlines again last month after his girlfriend Rachel Wattley was arrested for allegedly punching him in the face at a Miami nightclub.
https://nypost.com/2022/09/08/tekashi-6ix9ine-says-name-comes-from-anime-not-tattoo-artist/ Tekashi 6ix9ine says the name comes from anime, not tattoo artists