In January, Daniel Hernandez, or Tekashi 6ix9ine, as we more commonly know him, pleaded guilty to charges facing him. But Hernandez, who was initially looking at receiving a sentence of at least forty years behind bars, was quick to ditch his hardened gang persona by cooperating with the federal authorities. Yep, he snitched on his once-fellow gang members.

Today, Hernandez' sentencing hearing took place. Keep scrolling to read the full story and to hear the details of his sentencing.

 

The rapid rise and sudden fall of Tekashi 6ix9ine.

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Tekashi 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.

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When 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.

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And this was ultimately when Hernandez's Tekashi 6ix9ine persona was born.

Yet, despite his rocky start to life...

The young rapper found quite large success with his music. Hernandez's first proper single was "Gummo." Released in November 2017, it hit the Billboard charts and was remixed by the likes of Offset and Lil Wayne.

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.

When Hernandez was nineteen and still rising through the ranks of internet fame and notoriety, he attended a party on February 22, 2015, where he performed several sexual acts with a thirteen-year-old girl.

He was first arrested in March 2015.

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And 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.

After a number of procedural delays and appeals, Hernandez was sentenced in October last year to 4 years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service. Miraculously, he managed to avoid any prison time.

But that all changed one month later.

In November last year, the federal authorities announced a series of indictments against Hernandez, his manager, Kifano Jordan, and others they said were members of the notorious Nine Trey Gangsters.

Who are the Nine Trey gangsters?

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The 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.

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After 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.

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Hernandez 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.

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Hernandez 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...

And they have publicly disapproved, both of Tekashi's actions and his snitching... Because you know what they say! Snitches get stitches.

Even Snoop Dog had his say...

By simply sharing this picture of 6ix9ine with the header, "Tekashi 6ix9ine is safe & secured in jail unit with other snitches" with rat, police officer, and police car emojis. You know it'd bad when even Snoop disagrees...

It's safe to say that Tekashi has entered some seriously dangerous waters.

And, while his future remains uncertain, Tekashi cooperating with the federal authorities will certainly cause some issues out on the streets. Moral of the story? Don't join gangs, kids.

Takeshi 6ix9ine was running out of time to get free.

And so, in a pretty shocking turn of events, he made an admission that Cardi B was a part of the gang.

Cardi had already spoken about her past.

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The 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.

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The 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 also tweeted directly about Takeshi's 6ix9ine's claim...

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Before 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.

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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.

Jones became aggravated in an interview on The Cruz Show at the mention of Takeshi 6ix9ine.

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A few of months ago, the rapper was being interviewed on The Cruz Show. When one of the radio presenters mentioned that they liked a few of 6ix9ine's tracks, Jones became uncomfortable. The rapper expressed that he did not want to discuss the younger rapper. He said "there are certain things you cannot come back from, you know?" before saying, "there's no fixing that... you a rat, you a rat forever." So, I'm guessing the old friends are no longer on good terms...

Today, Takeshi 6ix9ine hearing got underway.

Aka, he found out whether or not his snitching paid off...

Prosecutors broke down just how valuable he had been in convincing 2 members of the Nine Trey Bloods...

Anthony "Harv" Ellison and Aljermiah Mack were convicted back in October.

Tekashi was originally facing a minimum of forty-seven years in prison.

But, since ratting out his fellow gang members, it was possible that Tekashi could have been released from prison as early as 2020!

Today's sentencing decided Hernandez's fate.

He has been sentenced to 2 years in prison with five years of supervised release. The judge also imposed 300 hours of community service when he is released from prison and a fine of $35,000.