Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has been termed a snitch after testifying that rapper Jim Jones is a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang and that Cardi B is a blood.
6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, is on trial for racketeering, drug trafficking and other crimes. He was charged in November of 2018 along with several alleged members of the Nine Trey gang including his former body guard Anthony Ellison (who Hernandes says robbed and kidnapped him) and Kifano Jordan, an alleged high-ranking member who had served as Mr. Hernandez’s manager.
According to the New York Times, Hernandez confirmed in court on Tuesday he cut a deal with prosecutors the day after being charged.
TMZ reported in February that Hernandez was facing a minimum of 47 years in prison and a maximum of life behind bars, and that the deal shortened his sentence.
With the deal, it was understood that “the defendant’s cooperation is likely to reveal the activities of individuals and that witness protection may be required at a later date.” And that date has come to pass.
According to Buzzfeed News, while testifying on Thursday, Hernandez was asked about Jones and confirmed his affiliation with the gang:
[Hernandez] […] was asked by prosecutors who Jones was.
“He’s a retired rapper,” Hernandez said in a Manhattan federal courtroom.
“Is he a member of the Nine Trey Bloods gang?” prosecutors asked.
Hernandez replied, “Yes.”via Buzzfeed
Hernandez continued on to name Grammy winner Cardi B as a Blood.
“You knew Cardi B was a Blood, right?” defense attorney Alex Huot asked.
“Correct,” Hernandez said.
“You knew she made music videos with Blood members in the background of her, right?” Huot continued.
Cardi has been open about her affiliation with the gang before and confirmed it in a 2018 profile with GQ.
“When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of Bloods,” said Cardi. “I used to pop off with my homies. And they’d say, ‘Yo, you really get it poppin’. You should come home. You should turn Blood.’ And I did. Yes, I did.”
However, Cardi clarified in a now deleted tweet that’s she’s never been associated with the Nine Trey Bloods gang.
She also utilized the viral Keke Palmer video to address the situation.
Her label Atlantic Records simply told Billboard, “This is not true.”
Hernandez’s name dropping has sent social into a frenzy calling the rapper a snitch and using the situation to create a few comical situations.
Hernandez is expected to receive minimal jail time, if any, after cooperating with prosecutors.