Daniel Hernandez, or Tekashi 6ix9ine, as we more commonly know him, has now completed his second day on the stand in federal court for gang-related crimes.
In January, the twenty-three-year-old rapper 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.
And now, the terrifying footage of the mass brawl and shoot out between him and rival rapper, Casanova, that led to his arrest has finally been revealed...
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, including heroin, cocaine, and marijuana.
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...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...
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."
And 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.
Jones became aggravated in an interview on The Cruz Show at the mention of Takeshi 6ix9ine.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...
Takeshi's trial continues...
And his future remains unknown.
via: New York TimesIt has been reported that Hernandez may be offered witness protection if he avoids jail, which isn't really surprising given that he has already been dubbed 'Tekashi Snitch 9ine" by many in the rap game.