U.S. rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, is facing charges that some sources say “may lead to a lifetime of prison.” Daniel Hernandez, his given name, was arrested Sunday, Nov. 25. He was charged with the use of illegal substances, use of a firearm and racketeering. The 22-year-old musician’s arraignment was held in Federal Court Monday, Nov. 26. He pleaded not guilty.
His former manager Kifano “Shottie” Jordan, and members of 6ix9ine’s security team, Faheem “Crippy” Walter, Jensel “Ish” Butler and Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones, were also arrested along with 6ix9ine. The four of them face seperate drug charges of selling heroin, fentanyl, MDMA and marijuana.
Tekash 6ix9ine was in federal custody while waiting for his court appearance after his arrest, with charges alleging that he participated in the July shooting of a bystander in Brooklyn and the gunpoint robbery of his gang's rivals last spring.
With a pretrial conference set for Jan. 22, 2019 and a trail date of Sept. 4, 2019, Tekashi remains in custody, NBC 4 and PIX11 report.
The arrest comes less than a month after the rapper was sentenced to probation into a sex crimes case. In October, he was sentenced to four years of probation for using a child in a sexual performance. At the time, 6ix9ine was 18 and the underage girl was 13. He pled guilty.
6ix9ine is known as one of the most controversial artists out there. His career started when people began to notice his multi-coloured hair, “Skittles” teeth and a “69” tattooed on his face in 2017. The rapper drew on this viral fame to push his first single, “Gummo,” to Number 12 on Billboard’s Hot 100 that same year. The song epitomized the burgeoning “SoundCloud rap” scene with it’s minimalist, hyper-disorated beat. 6ix9ine helped cement the subgenres mainstream viability alongside other controversial artists, such as the late XXXTentacion.