Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine caused a stir during his Thursday testimony when he told a New York courtroom that Atlanta’s Cardi B and retired rapper Jim Jones are members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
The rapper has been testifying this week as a prosecution witness at the federal trial of two alleged members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack. On Wednesday he described details from his life of crime with a violent street gang, including being abducted at gunpoint amid a dispute between warring factions of the crew.
People on social media say “the 23-year-old Brooklyn native is a dishonorable ‘snitch’ who has jeopardized his music career and possibly his life if he doesn’t go into witness protection,” the Mercury News reported.
One of the defendant’s attorneys challenged the credibility of Tekashi, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, by bringing up Cardi B during Thursday’s cross-examination.
The attorney, Alex Huot, asked Tekashi if he knew Cardi B was a Blood and suggested he used her formula of featuring street gangs in videos to advance his music, Page Six said. The rapper replied that he did.
Cardi B’s record label denied her association with the gang, but the hip hop sensation took to Twitter to confirm she has been a Blood “since I was 16,” but saying she has "never been trey 9 or associated with them." That tweet has been deleted.
Tekashi 6ix9ine, 23, was a social media phenomenon with millions of followers on Instagram before becoming an ascendant name in hip-hop. He had a multiplatinum hit song, "Fefe," with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts, and "Stoopid," featuring the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.
The rapper agreed to cooperate with prosecutors after pleading guilty earlier this year. He previously testified that he had joined the gang to increase his street credibility in exchange for bank-rolling its operations.
Associated Press content was used in this story.
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