by Alexandra D’Eramo
In the rap industry, street credit goes a long way which is why it comes as no shock when rappers are convicted of crimes. As of November 2018, well-known rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, formerly known as Daniel Hernandez, was arrested on federal racketeering and firearm charges.
This arrest was part of a joint investigation by the New York Police Department, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Department of Homeland Security.
He faces 47 years to life in prison, however, if he meets the terms of his deal with federal investigators, prosecutors may write a “5K1” letter. This would permit the judge to sentence Hernandez below the minimum for his various charges, however, the judge may not oblige to that offer.
After being found accountable of many other crimes, 6ix9ine’s trial over the past nine months have been a series of allegations against other musicians and members of his former gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
All of which made it inevitable that his testimony in which he implicated a number of former friends, celebrities and associates in an attempt to reduce his own sentence, became a media disarray.
While some in the media are bashing him for being a “snitch,” others feel for him due to the fact that his so called friends, are the ones that ultimately made him end up in custody.
6ix9ine’s personal driver was hired by the government, which allowed the government and police to spy on the rapper by putting cameras in the car. His former gang members jumped him and stole all of his jewelry and money out of the car which was all caught on camera.
Famous rapper, Snoop Dogg tweeted, “As we watch Teskashi 69 (or whatever his name is) snitch on EVERYBODY, I invite you all to remember Martha Stewart snitched on NOT ONE soul during her trial. Baby girl kept it 10 toes down and ate that prison sentence by herself, like the true baddie she is.”
In addition to Snoop Dogg expressing his displeasure with the whole situation, Meek Mill has tweeted his disapproval, Future mocked him as a “rat” on his Instagram story, and Boosie Badazz and 50 Cent laughed at his dilemma.
On the other hand, Colsen Adams, junior human performance major at The University of Tampa said, “He snitched on a lot of people but a lot of his ‘boys’ did him dirty so it makes sense why he snitched. It’s understandable.”
Matt Jakob, freshman finance major, said, “I feel like he deserves a fair sentencing at least, I mean he’s giving up a bunch of other names in return.”
He testified against many people in a racketeering case against two alleged Nine Trey members, Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison. The two were accused of kidnapping Hernandez in July 2018. Not only did he incriminate those in his gang, but others that have no correlation to the Nine Trey Blood Brothers, as well.
Throughout his testimony he: Implicated the defendants in various violent acts, including assaults and kidnappings; alleged that his former manager, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, was a prominent member of Nine Trey and was also involved in criminal activity; claimed that the Ohio rapper, Trippie Redd, whom he had attacked along with other Nine Trey members, belonged to a different Blood set; called Jim Jones “a retired rapper” and claimed he was a member of Nine Trey; said that Cardi B was a member of an unspecified Blood set.
Admitted that he had ordered a shooting of Chief Keef–who he named as a member of the Chicago gang Black Disciples–in June 2018; referred to the legendary Houston record label Rap-A-Lot as “not a fucking gang” (“they’re like, a wannabe mafia kinda thing”); and named rapper Casanova as a member of a rival Blood set.
6ix9ine once stated his two fears in the world were God and the FBI. He later stated that he had three biggest fears in the world, the last being his former gang, the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
It is likely that witness protection will be required due to the fact that those in the rap industry are out for blood after all of his accusations were released.
His latest update is as follows: Hernandez’s sentencing in the Nine Trey racketeering case is now scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 18, but his original sentencing date was Jan. 24, 2020. He faces up to life in federal lockup, but is hoping to secure a more lenient sentence following his cooperation with prosecutors.
Gary Schmidt, junior international relations major, said, “If he gets released he’s getting shot no doubt.”
Only time will tell what happens in the rest of this trial and what 6ix9ine’s future holds.
Alexandra D’Eramo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org