Daniel Hernandez, otherwise known as 6ix9ine, is a rapper that was born and raised in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The New York-based rapper didn’t grow to fame until his first single “GUMMO” was released in 2017. From that point on, 6ix9ine’s career rapidly progressed to new heights. What was once an underground secret became an overnight sensation.
6ix9ine was quickly known for his outlandish statements, videos, and appearances on social media. With 6ix9ine’s growing popularity, however, he also gained the scrutiny of the government and public eye.
Before 6ix9ine’s most recent trial, he had run-ins with the law. There were a few occasions where 6ix9ine was arrested on assault charges. However, it wasn’t until 2018 that 6ix9ine and other members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods were arrested for racketeering, narcotics distribution, and other federal offences.
Facing a potential sentence of 47 years in federal prison, 6ix9ine decided to cooperate with the federal government in order to obtain a deal. To reduce his sentence, 6ix9ine agreed to testify against fellow Nine Trey members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack in a trial that would take place over several weeks.
On September 16th, 2019, the trail began. Over the course of the trial, 6ix9ine had testified that Anthony Ellison had robbed and kidnapped him in July of the previous year. 6ix9ine also claimed that Aljermiah Mack had previously dealt heroine cut with fentanyl and MDMA over the course of several months.
It was also stated during the trial that Anthony was once a part of 6ix9ine’s security detail and was heavily affiliated with the Nine Trey gang and the series of crimes they committed. Aljermiah oversaw the production/distribution of narcotics in Nine Trey. By the end of the trial, both defendants (Anthony and Aljermiah) were convicted and currently await sentencing by the end of this year.
In addition to his testimony, 6ix9ine was required to plead guilty to all charges and crimes committed, including previous crimes. He also had to renounce his affiliation with the Nine Trey Bloods and not commit any further crimes. If the federal government decides that 6ix9ine has fully cooperated, they may give him 5K1 letter to give to the judge. If all goes well, he might get his sentence dropped all the way down to a “time-served” sentence which is simply a sentence that he has already served while awaiting trial.
After everything aforementioned, 6ix9ine quietly awaits his sentencing in federal prison. Some sources claim that the sentencing won’t take place until January of 2020, but 6ix9ine’s attorney believes that they will move the sentencing date to December of this year.
In the meantime, the biggest decision that 6ix9ine must make is whether he will go into Witness Protection or not once he is released from prison. Regardless of his choice, 6ix9ine will be a walking target due to the Bloods wanting revenge for his testimony during the trial and betraying Nine Trey.
Most believe that the smartest thing for 6ix9ine would be to go into hiding through Witness Protection and start a new life. However, in recent articles, it is stated that 6ix9ine wishes to continue making music after prison and may not go into Witness Protection. Instead, he always plans to have 24/7 security protection with him.
Though 6ix9ine’s plans may be a death wish, others seem optimistic about 6ix9ine’s situation. Irv Gotti, head of the record label Murder Inc., said in a recent interview that he thinks 6ix9ine will be okay because society has become more tolerant of snitches in the current generation. Though 6ix9ine’s future may be nebulous, if he can make music again, Irv believes that the people will more than likely overlook his label of being a “rat” if he continues to produce hits.
What do you think? Should 6ix9ine go into Witness Protection or continue making music? Is society as lenient on snitches as Irv claims, or is it solely based on the success of 6ix9ine’s music post-incarceration?