Media outlets cannot get enough of Daniel Hernandez, who you perhaps know better by his stage name Tekashi 6ix9ine. The past few months, however, have proven that not all press is good press. The attention 6ix9ine receives is not because of his brash lyrics, high production quality or rainbow colored, shoulder-length hair, but rather his long and tiresome criminal history. And if you dig deep into the numerous arrests and complicated legal agreements that surround the Brooklyn rapper, you’ll be asking yourself why he wasn’t sitting in a jail cell years ago.
The first major incident surrounding Hernandez picked up by the media stemmed from his guilty plea to the “use of a child in a sexual performance.” In October 2015, the rapper was changed with three counts of offense because of an incident in which Hernandez and a close friend, Taquan Anderson, recorded and engaged in oral sexual intercourse with a naked 13-year-old girl. The footage was then released on Instagram by Hernandez as part of a music video he was creating.
Soon after the incident was flagged by the authorities, 6ix9ine quickly claimed that he had “no sexual contact” with the minor and argued that he was 17 during the time of the incident, which was later proven to be untrue. The plea bargain that was decided upon included requirements in which Hernandez was mandated to obtain his GED, complete 300 hours of community service, agree to stricter guidelines surrounding social media, not commit another crime for two years, and write a letter of apology to the victim and her family. If Hernandez was to follow these requirements, he would not have to register as a sex offender and would be on probation for three years. If not, Hernandez would be sentenced to three years in prison and become a registered sex offender. At the first follow-up court date surrounding his case, it was shown that Hernandez failed his GED exam, resulting in another sentencing delay.
July 2018 was also a big month for 6ix9ine’s legal roundabout. The rapper was arrested in New York for an outstanding warrant regarding an event in which a 16-year-old fan of the rapper claimed Hernandez choked him in a Houston mall for recording a video as he passed. Just a few weeks later, Hernandez was kidnapped and robbed and had $785,000 stolen in cash and jewelry from his Brooklyn home. As the kidnapping incident happened soon after the release of “FEFE,” Tekashi’s single featuring Nicki Minaj, some industry spokespeople called the incident a setup to attract attention to the rapper and increase publicity surrounding his new single.
A few months later in November, Hernandez and four of his companions were arrested for charges including racketeering, possession of firearms, conspiracy to murder and armed robbery. Hernandez and his associates were flagged by New York City police as being involved in the Nine Trey Gangsters, a group of criminals associated with the California Bloods. These charges, along with his criminally inclined past and inability to follow his plea agreement, put him a position that may result in life in prison. Hernandez’s attorney pushed for a large bail of $2 million dollars and house arrest, but was ultimately turned down as the judge claimed he is still seen as threat to the general community. Hernandez is currently being held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn until trial in early September 2019.
6ix9ine’s latest album DUMMY BOY dropped this past Tuesday, November 27th after being pushed back due to his legal troubles. The album, which includes features from Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, Lil Baby and more, has become all-the-more anticipated because of the astounding amount of press Tekashi’s legal situation has been generating. The laundry list of criminal acts and offenses Hernandez is attempting to curb is massive, putting him in a very difficult and possibly career-ending situation.
6ix9ine’s DUMMY is out now. Listen below.