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Tekashi69: Everything That Led to his Possible Life Sentence

by Tracy Finke

The rapper Tekashi69 was sentenced to two years in prison by a federal judge who reduced his sentence for pleading guilty and helping prosecutors to arrest several Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members, who were his gang associates. 6ix9ine already spent 13 months in jail, which is included in the sentence.

After testifying about fellow rappers and members of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang in September this year, Tekashi69 became a witness for the federal government. Quickly after his testimony, his colleagues labeled him as a “snitch”.

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Born as a Daniel Hernandez, the 23-year-old Tekashi69 is known for his appearance – rainbow hair, large face tattoos, and flashy extravagant jewelry. He became famous after his songs “Gummo”,” Keke”,” Fefe” and others became rap hits. Teksahi69 was described as “the most startlingly bold and brash rapper since 50 Cent”. But his life outside of the recording studio was completely different.

The six-figure concert fees may have come to a screeching halt for young 6ix9ine, when on November 18 last year, just five days before the release of his album “Dummy Boy”, Tekashi was arrested and faces ten plus years to life in prison.

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While being held in Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center, 6ix9ine was not given special celebrity treatment. He was put in the general population with inmates that the US Justice Department describes as an “extremely dangerous violent or escape” room. Along with the other former crew members, including Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, Tekashi 6ix9ine is being arrested on racketeering and weapons charges, with allegations that Tekashi and associates were supposedly selling illegal substances in New York.

But how exactly did Tekashi69 go from being one of the most talked-about rappers in less than a year to facing hefty criminal charges that threaten to ruin his life? Some of those answers were found in the lengthy timeline of six times legal problems.

In October 2015, when Tekashi69 wasn’t quite yet the rapper that he is today, he pleaded guilty to the use of a child in an adult performance. This dates back to a February 2015 incident involving 6ix9ine, other men, and a 13-year-old girl, who was filmed at a Harlem apartment naked. 6ix9ine was 18 at the time, and he seen in the videos making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks while she engages in an oral activity with another guy.

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Additional videos featured the girls sitting undressed on the laps of 6ix9ine and someone else. These promiscuous videos were uploaded to Instagram on 6ix9ine’s account. Which he later told police he did for “for my image.” 6ix9ine also explained to the police that he was unaware she was underage by saying: “When she came in, she asked me how old I was, and I told her I was 18, and I assumed she was older. The way she was asking me made me think she was older.”

During in November 2017 interview with DJ academics, Tekashi addressed the underage girl videos by saying he wasn’t touching the girl or doing any other activity with her, and he denied assaulting her.

Tekashi sentencing was postponed at first for two years, in conjunction with his plea deal, that would become more like three years due to 6ix9ine’s request for additional time to conclude his GED requirements included in his plea deal.

Aside from finishing his GED 6ix9ine was also required by law to perform 300 hours of community service, avoid reposting or posting explicit or violent images that can send children or women as social media, write a letter of apology to the underage girl and her family, and not commit any crime for the next two years. District Attorney’s have argued that 6ix9ine made a violation of not writing the letter and committing additional crimes.

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January 2018 was not only the beginning of the year with Tekashi69 followed up his “Gummo” include success with his first full mixtape “Day69”, but it also became a time when his legal timeline became overpopulated with continual incidences that kept him on the wrong side of the law.

On January 6, 2018, 6ix9ine was caught up in an alleged conflict with a 16-year-old boy named Santiago Albarran at the Galleria Mall in Houston, Texas. The police report stated that the young man attempted to get some video of 6ix9ine, then the rapper responded by clutching him by the neck and allegedly causing small scratches of marks and pain.

With the assistance of his bodyguards, 6ix9ine was said to have further threatened the boy to erase the video, and he complies with the demand. Then about six months later, in July, 6ix9ine gets arrested at the JFK Airport in Queens New York as a response to an outstanding warrant for his Houston incident, causing the highly controversial rapper to be charged with a misdemeanor assault.

But in October, the alleged victim Santiago Albarran apparently had a change of heart and appeared in court to reportedly request that 6ix9ine not be prosecuted. Santiago even posed with 6ix9ine for a photo.

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Things on the underage s*x front got even more real for 6ix9ine on April 19.

A young lady named Martha Gold claims that she had had intimate contact with Tekashi after meeting in March 2017 when she was only 17 years old. And he was 20 at the time. Martha claimed to have repeatedly informed 6ix9ine of her age in Los Angeles where the legal age of consent is 18. Oddly enough, after coming out with his testimony, she plans to not press charges by saying: “I’m not trying to put him in jail or anything, but he has to learn to stay in his Lane”.

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6ix9ine’s team has had legal problems popping off too. On April 25, 6ix9ine’s manager Treyway was reportedly investigated in a connection of a pair of shootings on the day of the Adrien Broner fight at the Barclays center, causing the rapper to be banned from the Brooklyn venue altogether.

The other abrasive bullet explosions sparked several hours earlier right in the streets of Brooklyn. Team Tekashi was also said to have faced investigation for gunfire at a Brooklyn music video set, and all of these incidences involve 6ix9ine’s Brooklyn rap rival, Casanova.

On May 20, 6ix9ine’s alleged suspended license generated two misdemeanors for the colorful crusader of controversy. Operating a vehicle without a license and facilitating the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. This all was initiated when the rapper was set to have parked illegally in front of a fire hydrant in Brooklyn.

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Then the next day, Tekashi apparently clashed with a police officer at the 77th precinct in Brooklyn. Tekashi allegedly grabbed and squeezed the officer’s hand against the cuffs and caused the officer to have said to be” swelling and redness to his fingers and to suffer substantial pain and fear further physical injury.”

So before summer 2018 even officially started, 6ix9ine was reportedly investigated for a shooting in New York involving rapper Chief Keef. The media outlet Pitchfork reported on October 22 that 6ix9ine was actually doing court for three entirely separate incidents in the same week. The 2015 se**al misconduct situation, the Houston fan video case, and the violent conflict with a police officer in Brooklyn.

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On the same day after avoiding jail time on October 26, for the 2015 s**ual misconduct case involving a minor, but receiving four years probation, gunfire erupted at a post-sentencing dinner in midtown Manhattan. The four bullets from supposed a third party were fueled by an argument between 6ix9ines entourage and the bodyguard of a record executive. One of the 6ix9ines bodyguards got blasted in the stomach, then rushed to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On October 29, the Associated Press reported that 6ix9ine’s entourage members Zachary Bunce and Faheem Walter, the bodyguard shot an incident, were arrested for gang assault connected to the after-party. They weren’t allowed entry into the famed restaurant Philippe Chow on the Upper West Side of New York City. Their response was to hit the restaurant’s security with the chair and the guard shooting Faheem Walter.

To intensify the legal dilemmas on November 7, one of Tekashi’s managers, Kifano “Shotti” Jordan reportedly surrendered to the police due to his participation in connection with the shooting that’s Tekashi’s post-sentencing after party.

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Unfazed by his own ever-growing legal implosion Tekashi69 announced that his debut album “Dummy Boy” was dropping around Thanksgiving time, on the day where most Americans would be sure to be spending money, November 23 on Black Friday. The cover art and social media caption pretty much summed up his attitude. A cartoon Tekashi urinating on a rainbow onto a checkered floor, along with a written description: “Watch me outsell everybody, suck my di**”.

Then the wild unruly rapper made headlines once again in a violent, shocking manner. His music video shoot at the Beverly Hills mansion with Nicki Minaj and Kanye West was interrupted by a drive-by shooting where eight shots rang off. Thankfully nobody got hit.

November proved to continue its eerie omen of illness for Tekashi. Anthony Jamel Ellison, the man who is alleged to have been involved in robbing and kidnapping 6ix9ine in July, was not only arrested on November 14 but was also a former member of Tekashi’s management team. Now the criminality was genuinely coming full circle, leading right back to 6ix9ine from an internal source.

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Anthony Jamel Ellison was detained on November 6 on a federal warrant and indicted on one count of carrying a firearm to commit a crime. One count of conspiracy to obstruct commerce by robbery and one count of obstructing commerce by robbery.

Tekashi himself accepted a plea deal in the case involving his assault on a police officer in Brooklyn during an arrest back in May, pleading guilty to disorderly conduct. The sentence he received was a conditional discharge that demanded that 6ix9ine not discussed the case on social media and remained out of trouble. He reportedly would face 15 days in jail that these terms are fulfilled.

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Then the wild rollercoaster ride of Tekashi’s career led him to fire his entire team. Everybody from his manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan booking agency and publicists, even as the United States tour was halted to a complete stop. Then one day later, 6ix9ine jumps back on the popular hip-hop form The Breakfast Club, explaining the rapid drama in his life, stating cryptically that he only fears God and the FBI.

Then on November 19, Tekashi69 greatest fears became a reality. He was arrested on federal charges of racketeering and firearms. These destructive situations were directly connected to armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder, illegal substance trafficking, and organized gang activity as part of the local set Nine Trey Gangster Bloods. Tekashi wasn’t the only one to go down and legal infamy. Other 6ix9ine associates that were taken into custody included his ex-manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan and bodyguard Faheem Walter.

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To better understand the heavy-handed way to this arrest, take into consideration that it was reportedly a joint effort between the NYPD, Homeland Security, and the Justice ATF.

The six and 6ix9ine name, unfortunately, equal the number of counts of an eight-count indictment, that he has been charged with. Two happen to carry a maximum sentence of life in prison. 6ix9ine was held without bail and apparently put in the general population.

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The conclusion to the extensive timeline of 6ix9ine legal problems is that during his arraignment revelations emerged that there might be a potential hit on 6ix9ine’s life. With past associates that’s Tekashi claimed to have cut ties with being secretly recorded stating that they “wanted a super violate Tekashi”. Along with the statements saying that certain high-ranking members of the Bloods had authorized violence.

The scary predictions of 6ix9ine career from hip hop elders like Fat Joe, Lord Jamar, and Charlamagne Tha God that had his best interest in mind, ring even truer now that Tekashi69 street life has drastically interrupted his stage life.