Daniel Hernandez born May 8, , known professionally as Tekashi69 or 6ix9ine pronounced "six nine" , is an American rapper, and songwriter. His music has been marked by an aggressive style of rapping, while his controversial public persona is characterized by his distinctive rainbow-colored hair, extensive tattoos, public feuds with fellow celebrities and legal issues.
He subsequently released the mixtape Day69 , which was supported by the singles " Kooda ", " Keke " and " Gotti ", all of which charted on the Billboard Hot In , 6ix9ine pled guilty to a felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance and received a four-year probation period and a 1,hour community service order.
In , he was arrested on racketeering , weapons and drugs charges. He pled guilty to nine charges including conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery in February and was given a two-year prison sentence after testifying for the prosecution.
In April , he was granted early release during the COVID pandemic following fears over his vulnerability to the disease due to his asthma condition. He was put on house arrest for the remainder of his term.
After his release from prison, his single " Gooba " debuted and peaked at number three in the US and " Trollz ", his third collaboration with Minaj, debuted at number one in the country. Hernandez played baseball and soccer throughout his youth. He was assigned to a major league soccer team at 13 but his mother declined because she did not trust a stranger taking her son at a young age.
Hernandez would sing during mass and was selected many times to read from the Bible, his favorite passage was Psalm Hernandez did not know his father until he was 9 years old and had only a brief relationship with him. Hernandez's mother told him he was dead, according to Hernandez's father. She applied for welfare and there were many nights Hernandez and his brother went to bed without dinner. Due to his mother's financial struggle, Hernandez and his brother wore used clothes and Hernandez had to share a bed with his mother.
Hernandez first decided to rap in after meeting Peter "Righteous P" Rodgers, CEO of New York record label Hikari-Ultra, when he came into the vegan bodega Hernandez was working at in Bushwick, Brooklyn and asked if Hernandez rapped based on his appearance, stating that he thought he had the image of a rapper and suggested that he rap because of this, along with Hernandez' cadence. Hernandez began releasing rap songs in , starting with "69" in August , "Pimpin", in September and both "Who The Fuck is You" and "" in October , the latter of which was his first collaboration as a lead artist featuring two rappers from the Brooklyn collective Pro Era , J.
Over the next three years, he released multiple tracks and videos with titles such as "Scumlife", "Yokai" and "Hellsing Station", drawing attention for his aggressive rapping style and use of anime as music video visuals.
Gathering fame as an internet meme for his rainbow-dyed hair, extensive tattoos and rainbow-plated grills , he eventually became an associate of fellow New York rapper ZillaKami , the younger half-brother of Righteous P.
Shortly afterward, Hernandez announced his debut mixtape, Day In July , Hernandez released his eighth single, " Fefe ", featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz ; the single debuted at number four on the Billboard Hot before peaking at number three in its second week, marking Hernandez's highest entry on the chart and his first single to reach the top five of the Hot The song was released on December 21, , alongside the album.
It debuted at number 99 on the Billboard Hot and dropped out of the charts the following week. A fourth single, " Punani ", was released on August 2. The songs are all included on his second studio album, TattleTales , which was released on September 4, Hernandez's music is generally categorized as hip hop ,  or more specifically, scream rap ,  hardcore hip hop ,  SoundCloud rap ,   and punk rap ,  often incorporating elements of drill ,  heavy metal , hardcore punk ,   grime , crunk , trap music ,  and reggaeton.
Hernandez was raised as a Christian. In an interview with American radio personality Angie Martinez , he stated: "I pray a lot; I always thank God for good situations. Every time there's a good situation, there's a cell in my brain that says: 'Say thank you to God'. Before I blew up, for a year and a half— and something days—I literally prayed everyday while walking my dog Titus.
I would pray every day: God, please change my life God, please change my life; I'm a good kid. Please change my life. I got a baby; I can't even buy her pampers And then I was like damn, God is real. I knew if I prayed every day it would work, because God is real. And my life has changed. In this interview, the pastor held hands with Hernandez and prayed for him; asking God to help Hernandez make wise decisions and to bless his family. A few weeks before Hernandez headed to prison at the end of , he began dating Jade, whose real name is Rachel Watley.
She has Hernandez's face tattooed twice on her body. He has claimed that he gained more than lbs during his time in prison but has said that using the medication had helped him shed 30lbs since he was released. Hernandez was involved in a child sexual performance charge from He was charged with three counts of the offense after a February incident in which he had physical contact with a year-old girl and later distributed videos of the incident online as part of a music video. Three videos are described in the criminal complaint against Hernandez.
In the first, "the child engages in oral sexual intercourse with the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson, while the defendant, Daniel Hernandez, stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks. The child is nude in the video. In a November interview, Hernandez claimed to have had "no sexual contact" with the girl and denied knowing she was a minor. Hernandez also claimed to have been 17 at the time of the incident, though the birth date listed in the complaint against him and in his statement to the police shows he was Under his plea deal, Hernandez must obtain his GED , refrain from posting sexually explicit or violent images of women or children to social media and not commit another crime for two years, among other injunctions.
If met, the plea deal will give Hernandez three years' probation and he will not have to register as a sex offender; if not, Hernandez could face up to three years in prison. In a January court hearing, it was revealed that Hernandez had failed his GED test, but had his sentencing postponed until April 10, Due to his continuing legal problems in light of his plea bargain, the Manhattan district attorney's office announced Hernandez could face up to three years in prison and possible sex offender registration for his case,  but he was instead sentenced to four years of probation starting in October , with one clause being that he cannot utter the phrase "Treyway" in public as it was deemed to promote gang activity, as well as 1, hours of community service.
On July 12, , Hernandez was arrested in New York for an outstanding warrant related to an incident where he allegedly choked a year-old in The Galleria shopping mall in Houston , Texas , in January All charges were eventually dropped after the teenager decided not to take legal action. In the early morning hours of July 22, , Hernandez was kidnapped, beaten and robbed by three armed assailants in Brooklyn.
He had finished shooting the music video for "FEFE" featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz when the assailants grabbed him outside his home and pistol-whipped him. Hernandez escaped from their vehicle and summoned police help via a stranger. He was taken to the hospital. On September 10, , Hernandez admitted to years of domestic violence in a cooperation agreement. A section of Hernandez's cooperation agreement with the government, which had not previously been made public, listed a number of crimes that he committed and for which the government agreed not to prosecute him.
On the list, explained Judge Paul Engelmayer, was that Hernandez "admits domestic violence from to November, Molina told the Daily Beast about numerous incidents of abuse, including one beating in Dubai that left her face so swollen that she says, "I could barely open my eyes.
Molina also told the Daily Beast that Hernandez boasted about being a sex addict. When Molina denied cheating on him, she says he punched her out of nowhere, driving "a hair extension into her scalp. He got scared. On November 16, , Hernandez made his second appearance on The Breakfast Club radio show, in which he notably stated: "There's only one thing I fear in life. No, two things. Hernandez is charged with federal RICO and firearms charges, including conspiracy to murder and armed robbery and faces up to life in prison.
He is allegedly part of "a violent sect of the Bloods " known as the Nine Trey Gangsters. Hernandez's legal team plans to appeal that decision. He was held at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn under general population before being moved to another facility due to security reasons, as Hernandez had multiple altercations with fellow prisoners, including those belonging to the Crips street gang. On February 1, , Hernandez pled guilty to nine charges. He was due to be sentenced on January 24, and faced a possible mandatory sentence of 47 years in prison.
Judge Paul Engelmayer gave Hernandez credit for helping prosecutors send several violent gang members to prison and 13 months time served. On December 18, , Hernandez's father showed up to his court hearing after not seeing him since he was 9 years old.
Hernandez didn't notice his father in the room for the first half of the hearing. His father sat in one of the back rows of the courtroom and spent several minutes trying to get his son's attention.
After Hernandez finally noticed his father was in the courtroom, he broke down in tears. His father told reporters he wants to repair his relationship with his son. On March 22, , while serving his time in prison, Hernandez requested to serve the remainder of his prison sentence at home stating he was at a higher risk of contracting the COVID virus due to his pre-existing asthma condition.
He was originally set to be released on August 2, In April , Hernandez and Trippie Redd released their first collaboration, "Poles" and in July , they released another, "Owee. If we give niggas clout, we give niggas clout. It was an accident. You can't just be out here calling people gay, bro. Can't be supporting false accusations, you can't be ranting on Live talking about New York. Fuck these niggas talking about, New York this, New York that, like, you just can't do that bro.
You should put some ice on that chin, it's bruised up. I feel bad bro I just want you to be my friend again," before proceeding to sing the hook from "Poles". He was referencing a post by Trippie Redd that showed Hernandez holding hands with another man with a caption insinuating Hernandez was a homosexual.
In February , Hernandez was assaulted by several men outside a Los Angeles airport shortly after arguing with Trippie Redd on Instagram. Their feud continued to escalate with mutual Internet trolling.
Hernandez later accused Trippie Redd over Instagram Live of having pedophilic sexual relations with fellow rapper Bhad Bhabie , who was a minor at the time. Trippie Redd denied the allegations and reiterated Hernandez's conviction for use of a child in sexual performance. Bhad Bhabie also took to Instagram Live to deny the claims, but admitted the two had kissed in the past, saying, "We kissed but it wasn't that serious and he was 17 at the time.
Throughout , Hernandez was involved in feuds with a number of Chicago drill artists from the GloGang collective, including Chief Keef , Lil Reese and Tadoe Chief Keef's cousin , stemming from domestic abuse and relationship issues relating to fellow rapper Cuban Doll, who was in a relationship with Tadoe but also friendly with Hernandez.
In May , 6ix9ine accused singers Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber of cheating and buying their way to number one on the Billboard Hot , after their song " Stuck with U " debuted at number one while his comeback single, " Gooba ", debuted at number three for the week ending May 23,