During his third consecutive day on the stand, rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine claimed that Cardi B is also a member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.
The 23-year-old rapper, born Daniel Hernandez, agreed to work with the prosecution after he and other multiple gang members were collared on racketeering and firearms charges, and he spent the past few days outlining his role in the gang — which was that of financial supporter — as well as speaking openly about the group’s illegal dealings during his testimony.
His latest bombshell delivered on the stand? Naming rapper Cardi B as a member of the gang he ran with.
Speaking in Manhattan federal court under cross-examination on Thursday, Hernandez included Cardi B’s name when listing gang members, Page Six reports. However, Hernandez, who said during an earlier testimony that he included gang members in his music videos in order to build his career, denied that he copied the “Bodak Yellow” rapper by doing so.
“I knew who she was. I didn’t pay attention,” he reportedly said.
Amid long-held speculation, Cardi B confirmed her connections to the Bloods during an interview with GQ last year, admitting that she used to “hang out with a lot of Bloods.”
“I used to pop off with my homies,” she continued. “And they'd say, ‘Yo, you really get it poppin.' You should come home. You should turn Blood.’ And I did. Yes, I did. And something that — it's not like, oh, you leave. You don't leave.”
Cardi, whose real name is Belcalis Almanzar, compared gang life to being in a fraternity or sorority, but also said that, “sometimes there is no loyalty,” and members of the same gang will turn on each other. She went on to say that she mentions her gang affiliation because it’s “something that [she’s] been doing for a long time,” but she wouldn’t recommend that any young people follow in her footsteps.
“If somebody was to tell me right now, 'I want to join a gang,' I would tell them that it's a waste of your money, it's a waste of your time,” she said. “And then you can never leave it. Sometimes these people are gonna expect you to be at meetings when you have a job. You gotta be at work till 9:30 p.m., and you cannot go to a powwow because you at work. How you tell that to people?”
Hernandez has been on the stand now for several days during the trial of two of his former associates, Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack. Both men, as well as Hernandez, are rumored members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods — a set, or faction, of the United Blood Nation gang, whose members are primarily located along the East Coast. It was formed at New York’s Rikers Island prison complex in 1993, one FBI agent confirmed under sworn oath in 2013. The United Blood Nation – or East Coast Bloods – is an offshoot of the Bloods, a West Coast gang founded in Los Angeles in 1972 in response to another local gang, the Crips, according to one timeline established by PBS’ “Independent Lens.”
In addition to Cardi B, Hernandez also identified rapper Jim Jones as being a fellow gang member, the New York Daily News reports.
Hernandez distanced himself from the gang just days before his arrest in November, a move that apparently angered Jones, judging by a recorded phone called played in court on Thursday. Speaking with Jamel “Mel Murda” Jones, a high-ranking member of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, Jones criticized Hernandez and said he should be “violated.”
During his first day on the stand, Hernandez spoke at length about his role with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, stating that he owed the group his career. The “gang image,” he said, was beneficial to him because, “That’s what people like. It was a formula, a blueprint I found that worked.”
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