Although rapper-turned-star-witness Tekashi 6ix9ine has yet to be sentenced, he’s reportedly already planning to focus on his career after his eventual release.
The 23-year-old rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, was facing a maximum prison sentence of 47 years for charges related to racketeering and the illegal possession of firearms, according to Page Six. However, he may receive a more lenient sentence now for cooperating with prosecutors by testifying against two of his former fellow gang members, and he is already looked toward the future.
Tekashi expects to be a free man again by 2020, and is already working on his sophomore album, the outlet reports, citing an anonymous “music insider.”
“It looks like he will be making music right away when he comes home,” the source said.
He also reportedly found a home for this new album: He signed a record deal worth over $10 million with his former label, 10K Projects, and will make two albums, one in Spanish and one in English, reports TMZ.
And that's not all. He may have already secured a multi-million dollar touring deal for after prison, a separate source told Page Six.
Tekashi took the stand last month for a testimony that spanned three days, and spoke openly about his former connections to the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. The “Fefe” rapper admitted that he joined the gang, which he said routinely engaged in illegal activities that included “shootings, robberies, assaults, drugs,” in order to help his career, according to the New York Daily News. His role was to “just keep making hits and be the financial support for the gang,” he said.
Following Tekashi's testimony, Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack, two men who were allegedly members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, were convicted earlier this month of racketeering conspiracy. Additionally, Mack was found guilty of conspiring to distribute narcotics, while Ellison was found guilty of kidnapping Tekashi and was also convicted of maiming and assault, according to The New York Times.
Tekashi's decision to testify against his former associates — and detail the inner workings of the gang in front of a judge and jury — has earned him some backlash, with other rappers like Snoop Dogg publicly branding him a snitch.
One prosecutor on the case previously suggested that Tekashi may need to enter the witness protection program after all is said and done, according to The New York Times.
However, other reports have suggested that Tekashi has no intention of keeping a low profile once he’s served his time. He reportedly plans to continue making music and living a life of fame, TMZ reported last month.
Following his arrest in November, Tekashi pleaded guilty in February to one count of racketeering conspiracy, one count of firearms offense — racketeering conspiracy, three counts of violent crime in aid of racketeering, three counts of firearms offense, and one count of narcotics trafficking, according to NBC New York.
His sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 18.
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