Daniel Hernandez, AKA Tekashi 6ix9ine took the stand today, to testify against his former friends. Here is the transcript of what happened:
Q: Mr Hernandez, where were you born?
Q: how far did you go in school?
Like tenth grade.
When did you start living in federal custody? When did you start cooperating?
"The next day. The day after we were taken down."
Q. Where'd you go to school?
PS 59. Campos middle school. Legacy high school.
Q. Did you work?
I started working at 13. My first job was at Youth Corps, for about 2 months. Didn't make a lot, so bussed tables with my brother. Then grocery store delivery boy 2 years
I landed another bus boy job. Then I became a wrapper. Peter Rogers came into the store I worked in in Sept 2014 to buy tea and peanuts, asked me if I rapped. Said, You look cool. I made more like rock n' roll rap....
Toured in Bratislava, Slovakia; Moscow... For all those shows I made about $2 thousand profit. I did it just for the experience. It changed in Sept 2017. Filmed a music video in Bed Stuy, 370 Madison.
It was called Gummo. G-U-M-M-O I had signed a 20% management deal... Seiko Billy...
(starts rapping - uses the N word).
Billy is Nine Trey, so I asked him to provide members for the video. "I met him at the studio in Williamsburg."
Brought Hennessy and at 370 Madison I met Shotti, he said, We with you little homie. Also brought a bunch of red bandannas. Met Pablo." [Is shown photo]
Tekashi: Shotti is Kifano Jordan
Government played a song, and showed a video that showed Tekashi pointing out all the guns in it, linking one to Shotti.
Q. "Is that a real gun?"
Q. "What is a drum?"
"You add it to a gun. It carries an extra clip."
AUSA quoties lyrics using "N-word,"
Q"Mister Hernandez, what is Gummo about?"
"It's a diss song, toward like somebody I don't get along with. Trippie Redd was part of Five Nine Brims.
Q. "Did there come a time that Gummo was released on the Internet?"
Yes, it went viral.
Q. "Meaning, people shared it."
"I just put it up on YouTube and said, whatever happens, happens. Before I changed my style of rap, I liked this kid called Kooda, I thought he was talented, so I named the song after him.
Kooda was filmed in Brooklyn, intersection of Fulton Avenue and Utica, near Smurf Village. It is Nine Trey members who live there.
Government pulls up transcript of Kooda lyrics,
Tekashi: "If you replace N-word with 'people,' that's what I meant. No one understood how rainbow hair could be with the Bloods... Fifty means to be on point, to be aware.
Q: How did you come up with drafting those lyrics? Based on your time with Nine Trey, did you learn some of their lingo?"
Tekashi: "Come again?"
BREAK FOR LUNCH
Q. "When did you become a member of Nine Trey?"
Q. Were you initiated?
No. You had to shoot your 31. To be initiated you had to do work. Like, cutting someone's face.
Q.Mr Hernandez, but you were not initiated, right.
Right. I just had to keep making hits and giving financial support to the gang. Equipping with guns. Like, so they could buy guns
Q. So what did you get from Nine Trey?
"I would say my career. Credibility. Protection. All of the above." Trey Way was something what we could market.
Q: Could you demonstrate the handshake?
A: I need two people, but... [Teklashi does the 9-Trey Bloods handshake]
Q: "Who taught you that?"
"I'm doing it with Shotti a lot. The nine with your index finger and your thumb. Nuke taught me.
[Tekashi is shown a photo pop himself doing the handshake]
"I think I was just getting the hang of it. We show up at a strip club in Brooklyn. Angels strip club, I don't want to be quoted. I wasn't making the sign right. He pulled me to the side. Yo, like, if you're going to be Nine Trey you have to make the sign right."
Q. Mr. Hernandez, did you ever see Mr. Ellison make the sign?
Q. "Mr Hernandez if you could identify the people in the photograph."
"I don't know the guy in the LA hat."
Q. "And what is Mel Murda wearing?"
"Cincinnati Reds... He's the grandfather, I mean godfather, of the Nine Trey Bloods."
A: "Does 9 Trey have a leadership structure?"
Yes. There was a street line up and a prison line up.
A: How did the prison line up work?
"My understanding is that with the prison line up there was a higher up to get anything sanctioned on the street."
[6ix9ine then claims he spoke to Frank White and Magoo]
"They could say who had ranking and who didn't."
Q: Turning to the street line up, were there ranks?
A: There was a godfather... twins... Five star general...
Q. Who occupied the positions?
"Mel Murda was the godfather. Right under was Shotti... Seiko Billy was a five star. Shotti told me if you take care of the people behind the wall, they'll take care of you.