Rise to fame
Tekashi 69 is an American Rapper from Brooklyn New York. Tekashi's sudden rise to stardom can be traced back to late 2017, after releasing his debut single "Gummo". The song became a national hit, reaching number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 while gaining platinum certification.
His mixtape, entitled Day 69 a year later, contained three additional singles to chart on the Hot 100, while the overall mixtape itself, debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart. It is widely believed as of 2019, he has a net worth of 4 million dollars.
A combination of celebrity fueled musical collaborations, along with controversy and legal issues kept this young budding star, relevant both on social media and the general public overall. In October 2015, 69 pled guilty to one of three counts of a felony use of a child in a sexual performance. The minor was 13-year-old girl He later distributed the videos of the online as part of a music video.
Trippie Redd later on released a statement and denounced Tekashi, saying, he does not promote pedophiles. On November 11, 2017, following a series verbal incidents via social media, Trippie Redd was attacked in the lobby of a New York hotel and blamed Tekashi and his crew via Instagram live video.
In February 2018, Hernandez was assaulted by several men outside a Los Angeles airport shortly after arguing with Trippie Redd on Instagram. Their feud continued to escalate via social media.
Tekashi 69 and Shotti backstage
On November 18, 2018, Tekashi 69, along with his manager "Shotti" and three other associates were arrested. Tekashi is currently charged with federal RICO and firearms charges, including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery, and faces up to life in prison. He is allegedly part of "a violent sect of the Bloods" known as the Nine Trey Gangsters. Tekashi's attorney, advocated for bail for a little under $2 million but was denied.
In an attempt to avoid a potential life sentence, Tekashi 69 plead guilty. As part of the plea bargain, according to a variety of sources, offered to cooperate with law enforcement official in the criminalization of his entire music entourage, that were at the time, heavily involved with the streets. As of June third, there are eleven defendants in the case, in which seven plead guilty.
Fuguan "Fubanger" Lovick, admitted to letting off a shot inside the Barclays Center during an Adrien Broner fight in April 2018.
Kintea McKenzie, aka Kooda B. McKenzie pleaded guilty to "assault with a deadly weapon in aid of a racketeering conspiracy," which as a direct connection with the Chief Keef shooting outside of Times Square's W Hotel in June 2018. The authorities revealed back in April that they found McKenzie's DNA on a water bottle discarded at the scene of the shooting.
Denard Butler admitted to "participating in a racketeering conspiracy," and faces a probable sentence of between 77 and 96 months. In exchange for his plea, the government agreed not to prosecute Butler for his alleged role in the April 2018 robbery of 6ix9ine's former mentor Scumlord D!zzy. Tekashi 69's lawyers are hoping everyone takes a plea so as to close the case by mid to late summer.
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