Tekashi 69 is an American rapper, who became widely known in late 2017 after the release of his debut single, Gummo. The song peaked number twelve on the Billboard hot 100 and was certified platinum. His outspoken persona, in combination with legal issues, controversial conduct on social media and feuds with other celebrities contributed greatly to his career from a marketing prospective. In 2015, he pled guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance, and received a four-year probationary period and a 1,000-hour community service order. In 2018, he was arrested on R.I.C.O weapons, and drugs charges. After co-operating with federal authorities as part of a plea deal offered in 2019, he was given a 2-year prison sentence with time served and according to popular belief, will be released between July or August of 2020. He basically has seven months left when compared to a forty year sentence based on his charges had he not decided to co-operate with federal authorities. . In recent developments directly related to his closed case, Tekashi 69’s legal team requested that he serve the remainder of his time under house arrest which was quickly denied apparently due to safety concerns. Tekashi 69 his believed to be currently serving his time in protective custody. The Rapper has plans on returning to the music industry to pick up where he left off prior to his arrest and conviction. This sounds great in theory but the practicality is questionable. The hip hop community is a community that does not believe in cooperating with the government. Along with that, he was responsible partially for the conviction of members of a reputable gang in New York. So reputable that the gained the attention of federal authorities.
He is believed to have a net worth of ten million dollars. It is also widely rumored that he signed a new record deal with an estimated worth another of ten million, so for a young man his age and reputation when compared to sitting in prison, it may be worth the risk. The judge obviously views things from a different prospective. If he did approve Tekashi’s early release under house arrest and his safety is jeopardized, the backlash towards the Judge’s career can be quite negative. Along with that he may have to provide some type of federal protection for the entirety of the house arrest terms and conditions. This does require federal funding. In this case, given the liability at hand it does make sense at least from the standpoint of the Judge’s career to have the rapper remain in prison under protective custody, where his safety can be carefully monitored and to not stretch our taxpayer’s dollars as well as federal resources to keep Tekashi safe for the entirey of his house arrest. At this point I also do believe his decision to pick up where he left off is questionable. He risk disassociation with quite a few celebrities for is actions. He may also have to change the rhetoric in his music since he no longer has credible street representation to assist in marketing and boosting his musical career. There may still be hope for a career in the entertainment industry but with regards to his music, some adjustment will definitely have to be made. I personally think he should refocus on the big screen since he is already well known to the public or potential write a book on his experience thus far. This way the general public can understand why he did what he did. This way his fans along with the hip hop community can get a clearer picture from his prospective. I’m also pretty sure he can make a pretty penny under the current suggestion and then potentially get back to the music.
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