Over the weekend, rapper Tekashi6ix9ine was beaten, robbed and essentially left for dead
On the surface, it looks to be a terrifying and near-tragic situation -- but fans think there's something extremely suspicious about the circumstances of the attack.
If you've never heard of Tekashi, or you're extremely confused about how to pronounce his name, you're not alone.
The 22-year-old up-and-comer is a big deal in the world of pink-haired rappers with unpronounceable stage names whose style seems to be inspired by a street gang from Blade Runner.
But he has yet to cross over into the realm of mainstream success.
And many believe that the emcee's recent brush with death was nothing more than a publicity stunt to designed to help him make it to the big time.
You see, Tekashi was hospitalized on the same day that his new single with Nicki Minaj dropped.
Fans were already suspicious of the timing, and Tekashi didn't help his situation by taking the opportunity to publicly flirt with Minaj.
"You still love me after I got beat up?" he wrote on Instagram.
"Fa sho. True love lasts forever," Minaj wrote back.
Now, faking your own ass-whupping just to promote your new and maybe score some pity sex might seem like extreme behavior -- and it is -- but you have to remember how much Tekashi stands to gain.
Fame, fortune, sex with Nicki Minaj -- suddenly, a few bruises don't seem like such a high price to pay.
We kid, of course, and Tekashi would be a truly repugnant SOB if he really faked this whole thing.
In fact, at this early stage in his career, he'd likely neve live it down, which might be why the young rapper is now in full damage control mode:
"It leaves me speechless for words," 6ix9ine told TMZ in a recent interview.
"I wouldn't want to set up a publicity stunt and lose close to a million dollars—you know what I'm saying?" he added, referring to the amount that was allegedly stolen from him.
"I'm like the boy who cried wolf, you know what I'm saying? Like the person who trolls...like, when it's actually real, people just don't believe it anymore because it's like, 'Oh he's trolling."
Well, if he is trolling, he's certainly taken into new heights.
Again, the situation sounds absurd -- but we wouldn't put anything past a man with the number 69 tattooed all over his body.