Yesterday (September 17), controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine appeared in court to testify against a gang he was part of and who allegedly kidnapped the rapper.
Starting as an internet sensation, the highlight of his fame is -until now- the release of is debut album “Dummy Boy”. But the rapper is now a witness in a case relating to members of his former gang Nine Trey Bloods.
The rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, stated he became a member of the gang because he wanted them to appear in his music videos for his song “GUMMO”. 6ix9ine therefore met the gang member and mutual friend Sego Billy. The encounter with his future manager and another member of Nine Trey, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, was on the day of the video shoot. In December 2017 - after the release of yet another song called “KOODA” - the rapper officially became a member of the squad.
As a part of the gang, Tekashi was responsible for financing. He was supposed to “keep making hits and be the financial support for the gang”. According to him, this money was not only used for the personal consumption of the members but also for buying guns. In return, he owes them his career, reliability and protection. He also claimed Trippie Redd was a gang member, but from a rival Bloods sect from Nine Trey Bloods.
Tekashi publicly distanced himself from the gang days before he and alleged fellow members were arrested in November 2018. The court heard that 6ix9ine began cooperating with federal authorities on November 19, 2018 – one day after he was arrested on his own racketeering and firearms counts.
Two members of the gang, Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harvey” Ellison, are accused of federal gangsterism and gun causes and will get charged. Second mentioned member is also facing a charge for his alleged kidnapping and battering of 6ix9ine last year (July 2018). His lawyer however argued that the kidnapping was just set up by the rapper himself and called it a “hoax” and “a Jussie Smollet, if you will”.
Earlier this year, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to nine charges in the current case, including charges of racketeering conspiracy, multiple firearms offences, narcotics trafficking, and more. He could face at least 47 years in prison. He is expected to be sentenced in January 2020.
Prosecutors have previously suggested that he could be moved into witness protection after his testimony.
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