Tekashi 6ix9ine arrested

Tekashi 6ix9ine's in court during racketeering case. 

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been one of the most ascendant and controversial names in hip hop in recent months. He is currently at a federal prison in Queens, New York after being arrested Nov. 19. The Brooklyn based rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was among four people arrested. The rapper is facing a minimum of 32 years in prison for six charges that include conspiracy to commit a murder, armed robbery, racketeering (fraudulent business dealings), and possession of an AR-15 rifle.

6ix9ine has publicly identified himself as the member of a violent New York gang, Nine Trey Bloods. According to Forbes, multiple people in his camp, as well as the street gang he’s involved with, have been arrested in connections with a number of shootings. The latest indictment of Hernandez and four of his associates details the counts of armed robbery and racketeering that led to their arrest last night; the indictment also charges that members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods were involved in distributing heroin, fentanyl, MDMA and marijuana.

6ix9ine entered a not guilty plea in court on Monday he isn’t expected to go on trial until September 2019.  Although 22-year-old 6ix9ine has been locked up and has faced criminal charges previously, this is one of the most severe charges he has ever faced. In October, Tekashi was sentenced to four years’ probation for the use of a child in a sexual execution and, a week ago, confessed to his assault charge on a New York police officer.

In a statement on The Washington Post, 6ix9ine’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, said that his client is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him. An entertainer who portrays a gangster image to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise,” he said.

The rapper is known for his rainbow-colored hair, prominent face tattoos, and hits including “Gummo” and “Fefe,” featuring Nicki Minaj.

Thousands of the rapper’s fans started a Facebook page to break him out of jail. The group has been categorized as a religion-based group on Facebook and is hosted by a page known as “the random urge to scream Tryway.”

“I believe whoever is going against the law should be punished,” said DJ Rana, junior at Washburn University and follower of 6ix9ine. “He sure had some hit songs but also some accusations, which cannot be neglected and I want him to serve minimum of four to five years of jail time so he can be a better person and can continue making good music for his fans.”

Omar Alqushmul, junior political science major gives his view about the rapper.

“His songs are horrible and so are the crimes he committed,” Alqushmul said. “Just because he is famous, he should not be treated differently, and I believe he should not set bad example for today’s youth.”

The rapper is set to face a pretrial hearing Jan. 22, 2019. If Tekashi is convicted on racketeering charges, the rapper faces a fine up to $25,000 and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.