This Friday, New York prosecutors revealed that they plan to drop at least one gun charge against the rapper, Tekashi 6ix9ine, which would result in a reduced sentence. Prosecutors reportedly razed an entire decade of his prison term to be determined.
Initially, Tekashi 6ix9ine, also known as Daniel Hernandez, was slapped with the mandatory minimum of 47 years of racketeering, among other charges. However, due to exceptional cooperation with authorities and the police, Mr. Hernandez may not have to serve as much time as the fans had expected.
Michael Longyear, the prosecutor involved in the case, wrote that they were dropping the second count: owning a machine gun as part of a racketeering plot. Longyear said in the statement that the mandatory minimum for Tekashi 6ix9ine would be 37 years.
As noted above, Mr. Hernandez has serious problems with the federal authorities, but due to his cooperation, he hopes to receive a much less severe sentence. Hernandez worked with the police to see the conviction and subsequent incarceration of other members of Nine Trey Gangsta Blood.
Prosecutors previously described Tekashi’s work with the federal government as “extraordinary”. Tekashi 6ix9ine will be sentenced on December 18, however, the number of years he will serve is unclear.
Even if the young rapper manages to avoid a heavy prison sentence, his reputation in hip-hop and the black community has been irretrievably ruined.
However, not all artists believe that Tekashi 6ix9ine will be banned from the scene forever. In fact, earlier this year, Irv Gotti told reporters at Page Six that he honestly believed that Mr. Hernandez would bounce back, because for him, the values of the hip-hop community had changed a lot over the years.
Paraphrasing the rapper, Gotti explained that younger generations are much less concerned with the ideals of gangsters from the past. Shortly after, TMZ and other media reported that Tekashi 6ix9ine had also obtained a recording contract, months after his first charge. Coincidentally, news of the deal arrived shortly after Gotti’s remarks.