Documentary Series To Be Made About Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine Called SuperVillain
Showtime has announced plans to turn the incredible and twisted story of rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine into a documentary series.
If you've been sleeping under a rock, the colourful artist has been involved in a highly-publicised legal drama, where he has snitched on former gang members.
6ix9ine gave evidence that eventually led to the conviction of Anthony Ellison and Aljermiah Mack on charges of racketeering and other offences.
The musician, real name Daniel Hernandez, is hoping that his testimony against others might allow him to receive a shorter sentence. He was previously facing a minimum of 47 years behind bars with the possibility of a life sentence.
Naturally, it didn't take a genius to want to turn this into a series that people could watch.
Rolling Stone president Gus Wenner said: "Tekashi 6ix9ine's story fits into Rolling Stone's history of epic narratives about the most important and controversial artists of our times.
"We are thrilled to work with Showtime, Imagine and Lightbox on the definitive docuseries of Tekashi's meteoric rise and spectacular fall."
Complex reports the series will be called Supervillain.
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Showtime EVP of nonfiction programming Vinnie Malhotra added: "The bizarre and complicated rise of Tekashi 6ix9ine is a story of our times.
"Beyond becoming one of the most notorious hip hop artists of this generation, his story speaks volumes of the impact of social media and manufactured celebrity in our society.
"We're thrilled to be partnering with such heavy hitters in the world of music and documentary to bring SuperVillain to life."
Ellison and Mack, also known as Harv and Nuke, face life sentences according to the New York Times. They were previously members of the Nine Trey Bloods, a gang from New York that is sometimes called TreyWay.
They're been guilty of robberies, drug deals, and violence against rivals and each other, according to the evidence given by 6ix9ine and fellow witness and ex-member Kristian Cruz.
However, lawyers for the defence have stated that they believe the testimonies have been exaggerated in order to ensure shorter sentences and a better plea deal for the informants when the time comes.
23-year-old Hernandez joined the gang back in 2017 but left after being a member for less than a year.
He hopes to get a 5K1 letter from the US Attorney, which would allow the judge to consider and review the information provided and go underneath the mandatory minimum sentence, potentially even to time served.
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