RAPPER Tekashi 6ix9ine has snitched on his old crew and identified Cardi B and rapper Jim Jones as Bloods gang members.
Tekashi, 23, real name Daniel Hernandez, took to the witness stand on Tuesday at the trial of two ‘members’ of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
As part of a deal with prosecutors, he listed off the people he ran with in Nine Trey, name-checking Jones and Cardi B in the process.
Cardi B has previously said that she used to be in the Bloods.
The Bodak Yellow singer took to Twitter on Tuesday to clarify she is a member of the Brim Bloods – but is not associated with Nine Trey.
“You just said it yourself…Brim not 9 Trey. I never been 9 Trey or associated with them.”
Last year, Cardi spoke about her teenage years when she used to ‘hang’ with members of the Bloods gang.
“When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of… Bloods. I used to pop off with my homies,” told told GQ.
“And they’d say, ‘Yo, you really get it poppin’. You should come home. You should turn Blood.’
“And I did. Yes, I did. And something that—it’s not like, oh, you leave. You don’t leave.”
When on the stand, Tekashi denied he tried to ‘mimic’ Cardi’s rise to fame.
“I knew who she was. I didn’t pay attention,” he said of the star, according to Page Six.
When naming members of Nine Trey, he identified rapper Jim Jones, who was an original member of hip hop collective The Diplomats.
Tekashi admitted in a guilty plea this year that he joined the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and helped try to kill a rival gang member.
He told a Manhattan jury details about his life of crime with the violent crew, including getting abducted at gunpoint amid a dispute between warring factions.
The rapper said defendant Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison and another armed man grabbed him out of his car and forced him into a stolen vehicle one night last July.
‘KIDNAPPING AND ABDUCTION’
Ellison is accused of abducting and robbing Tekashi.
Jurors saw a video shot from the rapper’s car showing how his driver gave chase before the gunmen scared him off.
Tekashi testified how Ellison and his cohort drove him around, stopping at various points to taunt and beat him.
Ellison and a co-defendant, Aljermiah Mack, have pleaded not guilty to racketeering charges.
An attorney for Ellison portrayed the alleged abduction as a publicity stunt.
Tekashi, 23, was a social media phenomenon with millions of followers on Instagram before becoming an ascendant name in hip-hop.
He had a multi platinum hit song, Fefe, with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts, and Stoopid, featuring the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.
Tekashi testified that he joined the gang to increase his street credibility in exchange for bank-rolling its operations.
He explained his role in the gang was to “just keep making hits and be the financial support for the gang … so they could buy guns and stuff like that.”
Asked what he got in return, the 23-year-old rapper responded: “My career. I got the street credibility. The videos, the music, the protection – all of the above.”
He said he began inviting gang members to be extras in his videos for Gummo and other hit songs, he said, “because I wanted the aesthetic to be full of Nine Trey”.
Prosecutors showed the jury portions of the videos so that 6ix9nine could identify various gang members, some seen on tape flashing guns and hand signs.
When the videos blew up on the internet, “I knew I had a formula,” he said.
The testimony in federal court in Manhattan was a dramatic turnabout for a performer who had gone out of his way to portray himself as a legitimate gang member.
He told the jury he decided to cooperate only a day after his arrest last year on a racketeering indictment naming him as a member of the gang.
The move has put him at risk behind bars and prompted rap icon Snoop Dogg to label him a “snitch” in a recent Instagram post.
He will return to the witness stand on Wednesday.