AceShowbiz - Embattled rapper Tekashi69 has rush-released his debut album from behind bars after the songs leaked online.
The 22-year-old, a.k.a. 6ix9ine, had been due to release "Dummy Boy" on Friday, November 23, but label bosses pulled the project following his arrest and subsequent indictment on a string of felony charges, including conspiracy to murder, on 18 November.
The MC suffered another setback over the weekend as tracks such as "TIC TOC" and "WAKA" surfaced online, shortly after the full album was mistakenly made available for sale via the rapper's website.
The product was subsequently pulled from his online store, but it was already too late, leaving Tekashi's representatives scrambling to negotiate a last-minute deal after his original release via Capitol Music Group and its Caroline label division fell through following the leak.
According to TMZ.com, "Dummy Boy" was finally released on Tuesday, November 27 through the Create Music Group.
The album features songs with Kanye West and Nicki Minaj, who both appear on "MAMA", as well as respective tunes "Kanga" and "FEFE". Fellow rappers Tory Lanez, Bobby Shmurda, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Gunna also lend their talents as guest collaborators.
The news of "Dummy Boy" launch emerges a day after Tekashi appeared in a New York court and pleaded not guilty to six criminal counts, amid allegations suggesting he is linked to the local Nine Trey Gangster Bloods gang.
Tekashi, who previously had a bail request rejected, is due to stand trial in September (19). If convicted, he faces a life sentence, with a minimum of 32 years in prison.