The once-rising star minimizes a deal after being charged with racketeering and drug trafficking crimes for a lighter jail sentence if he cooperated with authorities.
Rapper Tekashi 69 on Thursday named fellow rapper Jim Jones as a member of the 9 Trey Gangsta Bloods gang, an admission which surprised the court docket and other people following the trial on social media.
Tekashi, whose start identify is Daniel Hernandez, is on trial for racketeering, drug trafficking, and different crimes, and was requested by prosecutors who Jones was.
“He is a retired rapper,” Hernandez mentioned in a Manhattan federal courtroom.
“Is he a member of the 9 Trey Bloods gang?” prosecutors requested.
Hernandez replied, “Sure.”
Hernandez additionally named Cardi B as a member of the gang. She has publicly talked about her affiliation with the gang earlier than, most just lately in a 2018 profile by former GQ author Caity Weaver.
“I used to pop off with my homies,” Cardi mentioned. “They usually say, ‘Yo, you actually get it poppin’. It’s best to come dwelling. It’s best to flip Blood.’ And I did. Sure, I did. And one thing that — it isn’t like, oh, you permit. You do not depart.”
Jones’ and Cardi’s representatives didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark.
However, individuals on Twitter had loads to say.
— Scooby (@TheRealistDom) September 19, 2019
Nine Trey is a road gang related to violent crimes, together with tried homicide and armed theft. In court docket on Wednesday, Hernandez was requested to decipher the lyrics of “Gummo,” which is laden with gang-related phrases like “Blicky.”
“It’s music towards, like, any person who I didn’t get together with,” he mentioned. “I don’t know. I assumed it was cool on the time.”
On social media, when phrase of Hernandez’s determination to out members of the gang started to flow into, he was roundly criticized by people who dubbed him “Tekashi Snitch 9.” Different rappers chimed in as effectively, together with Meek Mill and Snoop Dogg.
“Message of the day don’t be a Web gangsta,” Meek Mill said Tuesday on Twitter, mocking Hernandez. “be your self! #cloutisnottheroute get cash.”