Dummy Boy

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Dummy Boy
6ix9ine – Dummy Boy.png
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 27, 2018
Recorded2018
GenreHip hop[1][2][3]
Length34:30
Label
Producer
6ix9ine chronology
Day69
(2018)
Dummy Boy
(2018)
Singles from Dummy Boy
  1. "Tati"
    Released: May 27, 2018
  2. "Fefe"
    Released: July 22, 2018
  3. "Bebe"
    Released: August 31, 2018
  4. "Stoopid"
    Released: October 5, 2018

Dummy Boy (stylized in all caps) is the debut studio album by American rapper 6ix9ine. Originally scheduled to be released on November 23, 2018, it was released four days later. It follows his Day69 mixtape, released earlier in 2018.[6] Dummy Boy features guest appearances from Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Lil Baby, Gunna, Tory Lanez, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Anuel AA and Bobby Shmurda, among others.

Dummy Boy was supported by the singles "Tati" featuring DJ Spinking, "Fefe" featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz, "Bebe" featuring Anuel AA and "Stoopid" featuring Bobby Shmurda.[6][7] The album was leaked on 6ix9ine's website on November 24, 2018,[8] and released three days later as a result of the early leaking and at the request of the artist himself.[9] Despite receiving generally negative reviews from critics, the album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200.

Background[edit]

According to 6ix9ine, the album came about when he decided to "put out a project November 23rd" after being in the studio "making hits".[10]

Promotion[edit]

6ix9ine revealed the cover art on November 7, which XXL characterized as 6ix9ine's animated likeness urinating a rainbow.[11] 6ix9ine also previewed a new unnamed track, which HotNewHipHop called "a Jackie Chan-inspired banger" made in collaboration with Scott Storch and Tory Lanez.[12] Several days later, 6ix9ine revealed on Instagram that Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby, Tory Lanez, A Boogie wit da Hoodie, Gunna, Anuel AA and Bobby Shmurda would feature on the album. He later deleted the post, then reposted the photo revealing Kanye West would be featured on the album.[13]

During the recording of a music video for "Mama" on November 8, 2018, two gunmen shot upon a mansion with West and 6ix9ine present. A bullet went through the dressing room of Nicki Minaj, but she wasn't present at the scene.[14] The music video has since been scrapped.

Release[edit]

On November 7, 2018, 6ix9ine announced that the Dummy Boy album would be released on November 23, 2018.[11] The album was originally set to be released on November 23, but two days before that date it was announced on 6ix9ine's Instagram that it would be postponed until further notice following his arrest and trial.[15] On November 27, 2018, DJ Akademiks revealed via Twitter that the album would be released on the same day as a result of the early leaking and at the request of 6ix9ine himself.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic38/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
The 4052/10[17]
AllMusic2/5 stars[18]
Consequence of SoundC−[19]
Financial Times1/5 stars[20]
The Independent1/5 stars[21]
NME1/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork3.4/10[22]
PopMatters4/10 stars[23]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[24]
The Times1/5 stars[25]

Dummy Boy received generally negative reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 38, based on 11 reviews.[16] Jon Caramanica of The New York Times called the album "energetic but scattered", and less "rowdy" than Day69 due to having softer vocal delivery. He noted that tracks such as "Waka" and "Feefa" seemed to be dominated by the guest artists.[2] Writing for Forbes, Bryan Rolli said that "6ix9ine repeatedly gets shut out by his collaborators and sounds like a visitor on his own album. The young rapper tries to split the difference between his abrasive, streetwise roots and big-budget arena rap spectacle, subsequently failing at both."[1]

Dhruva Balram of NME concluded in his review that "Tekashi has released Dummy Boy at the apex of his fame, but at this stage, he's little more than an internet phenomenon and controversy magnet who also raps. Due to his recent arrest, there's a very real possibility that he will spend the rest of his life in jail. That, hopefully, will give him enough time to release a better project."[3] In a more positive review, M. Oliver of PopMatters remarked that "What Dummy Boy lacks in maturity and creativity it makes up for in energy and vitriol – equivalently bankable features in 2018."[23]

Commercial performance[edit]

Dummy Boy debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 with 66,000 album-equivalent units, of which 10,000 were pure album sales, opening behind Travis Scott's Astroworld on three days of sales, having been released on November 27.[26] It is 6ix9ine's highest-charting album.[26]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[27]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Stoopid" (featuring Bobby Shmurda)Tay Keith2:32
2."Fefe" (featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz)2:59
3."Tic Toc" (featuring Lil Baby)
Yung Lan2:16
4."Kika" (featuring Tory Lanez)
2:16
5."Mama" (featuring Nicki Minaj and Kanye West)
  • Murda Beatz
  • Sool Got Hits
3:12
6."Waka" (featuring A Boogie wit da Hoodie)
  • Storch
  • Avedon[a]
2:09
7."Bebe" (featuring Anuel AA)Ronny J3:38
8."Mala" (featuring Anuel AA)
  • Hernandez
  • Santiago
  • Daniel Oviedo
Ovy on the Drums3:27
9."Kanga" (featuring Kanye West)
  • Hernandez
  • Green
  • Mills
  • West
  • Lindstrom
Murda Beatz2:12
10."Feefa" (featuring Gunna)
Mora2:43
11."Tati" (featuring DJ Spinking)
2:35
12."Wondo"
  • Hernandez
  • Green
  • Storch
  • Van den Ende
  • Storch
  • Avedon[a]
2:01
13."Dummy" (featuring TrifeDrew)
  • Hernandez
  • Green
  • David Biral
  • Denzel Baptiste
Take a Daytrip2:36
Total length:34:30

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • "KANGA" featuring Kanye West was originally titled "FEEFA".[28]
  • "FEEFA" featuring Gunna was originally titled "KANGA".[29]
  • All track titles are stylized in all caps

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[27]

Musicians

  • Andres Espana – guitar (track 3)

Technical

  • Lee "Wizard Lee" Weinberg – mixing (tracks 1–4, 6–10, 12, 13), mastering (tracks 1–4, 6–13), recording (tracks 3, 4, 6, 8–10, 12, 13)
  • Todd Robinson – mixing (tracks 4, 6, 12), recording (tracks 4, 6, 12)
  • Take a Daytrip – mixing (track 13), recording (track 13)

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[30] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[31] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[32] 52
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[33] 2
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[34] 15
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[35] 4
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[36] 3
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[37] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[38] 38
Irish Albums (IRMA)[39] 12
Italian Albums (FIMI)[40] 38
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[41] 8
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[42] 3
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[43] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[44] 30
UK Albums (OCC)[45] 30
US Billboard 200[26] 2

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