Cuban officials shut down the Internet after rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine threw money in the streets of the communist island.
The incident was caught on video and went viral last week. Cuban fans gathered outside his hotel in Old Havana on Thursday after he publicized his location on his social media accounts.
Cell phone video shows the chaos as Cubans began running toward the front of the hotel to catch money that floated in the air. “Look, he threw money,” a Cuban man said in Spanish in the video.
6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, was canceled after he snitched on fellow gang members in exchange for his freedom following a 2019 arrest on conspiracy to murder charges.
Unable to get club bookings in the U.S., he often travels to foreign countries to perform gigs.
6ix9ine getting mobbed in Cuba pic.twitter.com/uhHvZLGOyp
— DJ Akademiks (@Akademiks) February 17, 2023
The Cuban government condemned the rapper’s behavior, calling the act of making it rain “shameful,” according to Cuban official media outlet Cubadebate.
Shortly after the incident went viral, Cuban Internet users started experiencing problems with their connections.
On Friday, the 26-year-old rapper took to Instagram to suggest the money wasn’t real. He shared a video of a man saying, “I ain’t got no money, that money you be seeing me with on Instagrams that be fake money, props.”
Cuban-Americans criticized the rapper and called his actions “humiliating” to the Cuban people.
@6ix9ine In the 80s there were better rappers . Im not a hater but you're humiliating the People of Cuba . Analize your actions, throwing money from your hotel room its not charity, is a way to call us miserables and we're not.
— ?Candy? (@Candy981019) February 17, 2023
where tf does 6ix9ine keep getting all this money from ? pic.twitter.com/c6Ag6mXrGy
— ryan ? (@scubaryan_) February 13, 2023