brooklyn by Joshua Eferighe November 20, 2018
Tekashi 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, is facing 32 years to life in federal prison on Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization (aka RICO) according to the prosecuting U.S. attorney at the rapper’s arraignment on Monday night.
Let me be the first to say it: got damnit I’m happy.
I’m not quite sure where I first heard it or where it’s written but all I know is that you’re not supposed to wish prison on another man or woman. It’s like an urban proverb or one of those unspoken rules in baseball, except for the hood; whenever something typically goes wrong, especially for black men, it’s usually “don’t call the cops” or “don’t wish prison on that man.”
And I get it — prison reform is desperately needed and it’s not set up with intentions to rehabilitate. Essentially, hoping that someone gets jail time is supporting systems that aren’t statistically constructive.
This generation is so fucked up I never seen so much people happy a nigga got locked up.Yall niggas different and y’all supposed to be street niggas.I want my opps dead not in jail.I wouldn’t wish jail on my worst enemy cause I know how it feels.I hate y’all niggas death to yall
— CASANOVA (@CASANOVA_2X) November 19, 2018
But I want to challenge that notion. Some people actually deserve to go to prison and it’s totally okay to root for that outcome. Such is the case with the platinum billboard topping self-proclaimed ‘king of New York’, Tekashi 6ix9ine.
The 22-year-old Brooklyn rapper sounded a little shook when he told The Breakfast Club during an interview last week when he told them,
“Only two things I’m scared of in life, God first and the FBI.”
Now we know he had a reason to be legitimately afraid. His arrest was a joint effort between the ATF, NYPD and Homeland Security in what has been a five-year federal investigation of Tekashi and his Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods crew.
Along with 6ix9ine, four of his associates — ex-manager Kifano “Shottie” Jordan, Faheem “Crippy” Walter, Jensel “Ish” Butler and Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones — were also taken in.
This was the same crew he fired and dissed on The Breakfast Club and the same crew investigators fear were going to take his life after overhearing them say they wanted to “super-violate” him over wiretap.
Tuesday Tekashi’s legal team asked for bail, offering to turn over the $1 million in his bank account including his passports but was denied and will remain in custody pending trial.
You can now find Tekashi 6ix9ine at Brooklyn’s Metropolitan Detention Center. This is prison-prison. MDC is notoriously brutal, with inmates that are “extremely dangerous, violent, or escape-prone,” according to the U.S. Justice Department.
This is the place we’re generally not told to wish upon people but what if they’re legit an endangerment to society?
Am I trippin’ ….. super irritated watching everyone (DJs & Labels)who celebrated Tekashi & made money with him, knowing the money was coming cause he was reckless, act like they have nothing to say today….
— the Old Man Ebro (@oldmanebro) November 20, 2018
The Brooklyn-born artist is a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Blood gang that allegedly peddled fentanyl and other narcotics and engaged in “brazen acts of violence,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman said in a statement.
Furthermore, court papers allege that Tekashi took part in a gunpoint robbery of Nine Trey rivals in midtown Manhattan back in April of this year, videotaping the heist from a nearby car. According to prosecutors, he even took the stolen backpack to his apartment, where investigators found it — the victim’s ID still inside — during a search earlier this fall. Also recovered was an AR-15 pistol.
That same month Tekashi was photographed at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with an associate, Fuguan “Fu Banga” Lovick, who is accused of firing shots at gang rivals. And three months later, prosecutors said Tekashi and his crew agreed to shoot someone who had disrespected the gang. The result was an innocent bystander being wounded at a barbecue in Brooklyn, they alleged.
You can not want prison from an individual all you want but if they’re consistently endangering the well-being of civilians it’s kind of the right thing to do, no?
Tekashi does undergo a five-year investigation, get denial bail for $1 million and face life in prison for nothing; the charges against Hernandez are significant.
To top it all off, at the bare minimum he at least has to serve four years for violating the probation set last month at his sentencing hearing for his ongoing case for the use of a minor in a sexual performance. Besides the surmounting evidence against him, Tekashi has moved in a way that hasn’t been respectable either.
From inciting violence in Chicago hoods to openly telling renowned hip-hop journalist, Angie Martinez, that he doesn’t try when he raps and just puts anything together, he makes it hard to root for him.
Yeah, prison needs reform, but I believe it can be reformed with Tekashi behind bars.