A few days ago, controversial New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine was arrested on charges of racketeering, firearm usage and his reported involvement with a violent US gang known as the Trey Nine gang.
If found guilty of his charges, Tekashi 6ix9ine – real name Daniel Hernandez – is facing a minimum of 32 years in prison.
A number of celebrities have responded to 69’s arrest, including friend 50 cent, who shared a brutal message on Instagram:
“My son got picked up, I told him don’t call me sh*t. The Fed’s on you fool, call ya momma, don’t put the FBI on my phone.”
And now Tekashi’s Fefe collaborator, Nicki Minaj, has weighed in on the situation, posting an animated version of the rapper with the caption:
“For reasons beyond music, the record company will hold off on putting his project out for now. ‘Danny, I love you and am praying for you, your Mother, daughter & her Mum during this time.”
The message is in light of Tekashi’s team recently announcing that his debut album, Dummy Boy, would be delayed due to the uncertainty of his legal situation.
It was originally set for release on Friday.
Minaj isn’t the only person to speak out in support of the rapper; Tekashi 6ix9ine’s lawyer has also released a statement defending his client’s innocence.
In a statement, attorney Lance Lazzaro said:
“Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him.”
“[Tekashi 6ix9ine is] an entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music. [It] does not make him a member of an enterprise.”
Referring to 6ix9ine’s appearance on the radio show The Breakfast Club, where he distanced himself from his former team, Lazarro’s statement continued:
“Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show.
“Threats were then made against his life which resulted in this case being brought immediately.”
Tekashi appeared in a NYC court on Monday and was told he would be held without bail.
The rapper is said to be living in general population in a New York jail awaiting further trial.
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