Tekashi 6ix9ine—the rapper born Daniel Hernandez—recently took to the witness stand to testify against members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, the gang he was formerly part of.
On Tuesday afternoon at a federal court in Manhattan, Hernandez detailed the inner workings of the notorious New York City street gang. The rapper explained that his role in the group was to “just keep making hits and be the financial support for the gang […] so they could buy guns and stuff like that,” NBC reported.
Hernandez added that being a part of the gang helped boost his music career and “street credibility.” “I knew I had a winning formula for my music videos: repeat the gang image. That’s what people liked,” he explained. According to TMZ, Hernandez also reportedly named Trippie Redd as a member of a rival Bloods sect during the court session.
On trial yesterday were Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, whom prosecutors claim are high-ranking members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. Ellison faces racketeering and firearms charges in connection to the kidnapping and robbing of Hernandez in 2018. Mack, on the other hand, is charged with drug dealing, E! reported.
The rapper’s testimony follows his earlier agreement to work with federal prosecutors in their investigations in order to lighten his 47-year prison sentence. Hernandez pleaded guilty in February to nine counts in his federal case, including racketeering conspiracy, multiple firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking.
Earlier this month, Hernandez’s former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan was sentenced to 15 years in jail after he pleaded guilty to two federal weapon counts in March. In his court statement, Jordan agreed to “take full responsibility” for his crime.
A second court hearing is slated to take place later this week. Stay tuned for updates.