Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced on Wednesday in Manhattan Federal Court for two years in prison as part of being cooperative and testifying against his fellow members. Tekashi 6ix9ine, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is also sentenced to 5 years of supervised probation. He will be released by the end of 2020.
In November 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine was charged with federal racketeering and firearm charges. He was going to face decades in prison for his involvement in the 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods, notorious for murder, robbery, and drug trafficking. During that time, the US Attorney Geffrey Berman said that Tekashi and other members of the said gang “wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence…showing reckless indifference to others’ safety.”
In September, he took the stand and testified about his life with the Nine Trey gang. It took him three days in the stand. Members who were convicted were Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack. He also named other gang members/rappers Cardi B and Jim Jones, which sparked some commotions in the rap community. Cardi B’s representative denied the allegation from Tekashi and made a statement – “This news is not true.”
However, during a past interview with GQ in 2018, Cardi B was telling, “I used to pop off with my homies, and they’d say, ‘Yo, you get it poppin’. It would help if you came home. You should turn Blood.’ And I did. Yes, I did. And something that — it’s not like, oh, you leave. You don’t leave.”. There was no statement from Jone’s regarding the allegations.
Tekashi made a plea deal with the prosecutors and agreed to cooperate with the authorities in exchange for a shorter sentence. That also makes him a witness and would allow him to be part of the witness protection program when he is released. On the other hand, he said that he will still perform.
An Inner City Press report was doing some live tweets regarding the court proceedings. Tekashi prepared a statement in front of the judge before he was sentenced. He mentioned that he wanted to be free, and if he does, he will inspire the youth to change their lives for the better, especially those who have some troubles with their lives now.
Tekashi s dad, who happened to have been gone since he was in third grade, showed up during the sentencing. “I took one glance — I see my biological father. I haven’t seen him since the third grade, and I don’t even know if this is a f—-n joke, everything I go through.”
“I failed these people. They believed in Daniel Hernandez. I was too busy making the negative image in my 69 personas. I know God has a bigger plan for me. I want to inspire the youth that it never too late to change”.
Tekashi got his fame in 2017 with his successful music video “Gummo” that made 360 million views. He made another release “Fefe” with Nicki Minaj and made his way to a debut album in 2018, Dummy Boy.