Tekashi 6ix9ine Confirms Cardi B Bloods Connection
Tekashi 6ix9ine has told a court Cardi B and Jim Jones were members of the notorious Bloods gang.
The 23-year-old rapper was on the witness stand at Manhattan federal court where he is testifying in a trial against two members of his old crew, Anthony 'Harv' Ellison and Aljermiah 'Nuke' Mack, who are accused of racketeering.
During today's proceedings the rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, listed a number of people he associated with while part of the gang - among them was Cardi B and Jim Jones.
While being cross-examined, Hernandez said Cardi B was in the Bloods but denied claims that he had attempted to copy a similar path to fame by using member of the Bloods in music videos.
He told the court: "I knew who she was. I didn't pay attention."
Hernandez has been giving evidence in court for the past couple of days, where he has shared details of gang members.
Cardi B has previously spoken about being part of the infamous gang, in an interview with GQ she said: "When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of Bloods.
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"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."
Hernandez has taken a plea deal with prosecutors, in which he agreed to testify against his former gang-mates in return for dodging a 47-prison sentence.
He was asked in court if he had chosen to testify against the other men to help the government or to get himself an easy sentence, to which he replied: "A little bit of both."
Hernandez was arrested in November 2018 for his role in gang-related crimes.
In a statement from United States Department of Justice, Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman explained the impact that Tekashi and other gang members had made on the city.
He said: "As alleged in the indictment, this gang, which included platinum-selling rap artist Tekashi 6ix9ine, wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence.
"Showing reckless indifference to others' safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclays Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit.
"Thanks to the extraordinary work of HSI (Homeland Security Investigations), ATF (the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) and the NYPD, the defendants will now face justice in federal court."
However, when faced with the prospect of almost 50-years inside he cut a deal with prosecutors.
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