TEKASHI 6ix9ine is has revealed he flipped on his old crew a day after he was arrested as he appears as the government’s star witness in a racketeering case against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
The trial kicked off on Monday in New York City, and the rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, took the stand for two hours yesterday.
He cut a more demure figure than usual trading his usual loud outfits for a dark blue prison jumpsuit as he ratted out two of his former pals.
Tekashi testified about the various acts of violence he says he witnessed while running with the gang, including shootings, assaults and drug trafficking.
He had pleaded guilty in the case in February and made a deal with prosecutors, agreeing to testify against his former gang buddies, Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison and Aljermiah ‘Nuke’ Mack, in exchange for avoiding a 47-year prison sentence.
On Tuesday he identified Ellison and Mack as Nine Trey gang members.
Ellison is charged with kidnapping and robbing Tekashi in July 2018 and of assaulting a different Nine Trey member last fall.
Mack is charged with dealing heroin and MDMA.
The jury was shown clips from three of Tekashi’s music videos, showing him rap about drugs, sex and violence.
Prosecutors say proceeds from his songs helped fund the gang’s operations.
Tekashi testified that he never underwent a gang initiation or personally shot anyone and claimed the gang kept him around because of his lucrative career.
It’s unclear how much weight Tekashi’s testimony will have given his long rap sheet.
He is currently being housed in a federal facility for his own safety and entered the courthouse through a secure tunnel, flanked by US Marshals.
Prosecutors have previously suggested that he could be moved into witness protection after his testimony.
Tekashi publicly distanced himself from the gang days before he and alleged fellow members were arrested in November 2018.
A day later, he cut a deal with prosecutors, he told the court.
The falling out reportedly happened after his kidnapping last summer, which Ellison is accused of orchestrating as part of a power-struggle over his fame.
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Hernandez was raised in Brooklyn, New York, by a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father.
His debut mixtape ‘Day69’ was released on February 23, 2018, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200 and No20 in the UK.
He’s had several run-ins with law enforcement and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Brooklyn Criminal Court in connection with a May traffic stop.
He also pleaded guilty to “the use of a child in a sexual performance” after posting a video in 2015.
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