In January, Daniel Hernandez, or Tekashi 6ix9ine, as we more commonly know him, pleaded guilty to charges involving racketeering, illegal firearms possession, and aiding in attempted murder as part of the violent Trey Nine gang.
But Hernandez, who is facing at least forty years behind bars, has been quick to ditch his hardened gang persona by cooperating with the federal authorities.
The "KEKE" hitmaker has been helping with the investigation into other members of the organization and has testified against his once fellow gang members and even identified individuals by pointing them out in the packed courtroom.
The latest development in his testimony was that fellow rappers, Cardi B and Jim Jones, were also members of the notorious Trey Nine Gang.
Hernandez sure seems to want to get free of his forty-year sentence, whatever the cost.
And it seems he may have been successful, as insiders claim he may be out as soon as 2020.
The rapid rise and sudden fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine.
via: GettyTekashi 6ix9ine has made one hell of a name for himself... but for all the wrong reasons. He developed a unique persona as a hardcore rapper in 2017 and became well known for his excessively tattooed face and rainbow-dyed hair.
He didn't get off to the best start in life.
via: GettyWhen he was thirteen, his father has murdered just one block from his family home.
The experience had a huge impact on Hernandez, and he soon dropped out of school and started working odd jobs to help his mother.
"My pops died in eighth grade, and I just started bugging in school," he told the podcast "No Jumper" in a 2017 interview. "I was thirteen. I was waiting for my pops to come back home, and he never came."
He turned to selling drugs to make ends meet.
via: GettyAnd this was ultimately when Hernandez's Tekashi 6ix9ine persona was born.
Yet, despite his rocky start to life...
And he has mingled with some big names.In 2018, 6ix9ine released "FEFE," a collaboration with Nicki Minaj, Murda Beatz, and Kanye West.
However, the rapper has consistently been in and out of trouble with the law.
He was first arrested in March 2015.
via: GettyAnd Hernandez later told police he thought the girl was nineteen. He's also contradicted his plea statement in several interviews, insisting that he didn't engage with the girl sexually and thought she was older.
He was finally sentenced for the child-sex case last year.
But that all changed one month later.
Who are the Nine Trey gangsters?
via: GettyThe United Blood Nation street gang was established in 1993 at the Rikers Island jail complex in New York City and operates on the East Coast of the United States. The gang has allegedly been engaged in the sex trafficking of women and racketeering in Virginia, New York, and other areas. The gang was also allegedly involved in the distribution of illegal drugs.
And Tekashi was allegedly a member of this gang.The federal lawsuit accuses the rapper and the rest of the crew of running a drug-dealing ring and enforcing their activities through violence.
The charges include racketeering and illegal firearms possession.
And the federal authorities have also said the group conspired to commit murder.
If convicted, Hernandez and everyone else charged could face life in prison.
Takeshi was denied bail.
via: GettyAfter he initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, the judge denied him bail, citing an FBI raid in September that found an AR-15 assault rifle and a stolen ID from a man robbed in Times Square.
But, in January this year, he suddenly changed his tune.
via: GettyHernandez suddenly entered a guilty plea to the charges related to his involvement with Trey Nine, according to court records reviewed by INSIDER.
And he has agreed to cooperate with federal prosecutors in their investigation.
via: GettyHernandez has been opening up about his doings while in the gang. "I paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him. The shooting took place in Manhattan. I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey," Hernandez told the judge, according to a court transcript.
He took to the stand.Altogether, he spent nearly 2 hours on the stand -- wearing blue prison scrubs, a white undershirt and still rocking his rainbow-colored hair, styled in pigtails. In a courtroom potentially filled with current or former Nine Trey members, he testified that he became a member on November 2017, and participated in violent crimes ... including shootings, assaults, and drug trafficking.
And he outed members of the gang...Directly in front of them. He nervously pointed at the defendants, Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack, and Anthony "Harv" Ellison, and ID'd them as Nine Trey Gang Members. That's not going to go down well...
Other musicians have shared their thoughts on Hernandez's cooperation...
69 going up in s federal courthouse today kids! Message of the day don’t be a Internet gangsta... be yourself!… https://t.co/5eMsqDFrUC— Meek Mill (@Meek Mill)1568748280.0
Even Snoop Dog had his say...
It's safe to say that Tekashi has entered some seriously dangerous waters.
Takeshi 6ix9ine is running out of time to get free.
Cardi has already spoken about her past.
via: Youtube/ Cardi BThe lyrics in her song, "Bodak Yellow," which she released in the summer of 2017, made people question whether Cardi B had a past in gang culture. In the song, she raps: "these is bloody shoes." When asked what this was in reference to, Cardi B told GQ: "When I was sixteen years old, I used to hang out with a lot of" - agonizing, cliff-diver pause - "Bloods. I used to pop off with my homies. And they'd say, 'Yo, you really get it poppin'. You should come home. You should turn Blood.' And I did. Yes, I did."
The East Coast Bloods.
via: Getty ImagesThe gang that Cardi B was affiliated with was the East Coast Bloods. This is a gang that is still active in the New York area. Cardi B has been adamant that becoming a member had nothing to do with enhancing her street cred. The "I Like It" hitmaker slammed anyone that thinks that, by admitting to her gang past, she has boosted her career. Cardi B stated: "Don't join a gang. It's not about violence. It's just like - it doesn't make your money." She continued by saying, "When I do interviews, I don't talk about it, because I will lose my endorsements. But since the cat is out of the bag... that's how I feel. Why? For what? Why would you join a gang?"
Cardi B might have shouted her mouth off about being a member in the past...
Bitch I been a big time Blood since I was 16 sooo fuck is you talking bout ..ya just never peep it https://t.co/TNVa6OPqfl— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1494118133.0
Cardi B is riding on a wave of success.
via: Getty Images.Since her breakout in 2016, Cardi career has gone from strength to strength. The former stripper has come along way and had to fight tooth and nail to get where she is today. Now, in 2019, the star has cemented herself as one of the most highly successful female artists on the Billboard Charts. Cardi has also settled down a bit... now a mother, to Kulture Kiari Cephus, perhaps her priorities have changed. After announcing that she had broken up with long-term-boyfriend and fellow rapper, Offset, in December 2018, fans were devastated. However, after showing up at The Grammys together in February, it seemed they were back on.
Only good memories from now on...
Make memories that will be fun stories to tell your grandkids .— iamcardib (@iamcardib)1568870058.0
She also tweeted directly about Takeshi's 6ix9ine's claim...
via: Twitter/ iamcardibBefore hastily deleting the tweet (I'm guessing her reps weren't too happy with Cardi taking to social media to defend herself...). One of Cardi's representatives released a more concise statement to TMZ saying simply: "This is not true."
Cardi B wasn't the only rapper that Takeshi 6ix9ine threw under the bus.
via: Getty Images.The twenty-three-year-old rapper also claimed that Jim Jones was a member of Nine Trey. The prosecutors played a recording in the court of a phone conversation between Jones and two others. During the conversation, the three men talk about getting revenge on Takeshi for snitching. After the recording, he identified Jones as one of the gang's members.