Rapper Tekashi69 has testified against two alleged members of a New York street gang as part of his plea deal with U.S. federal prosecutors.
The Gummo hitmaker admitted earlier this year (19) that he joined the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang and helped try to kill a rival gang member.
As part of the deal, he took to the witness stand to give evidence against the two men, Aljermiah Mack, and Anthony Ellison, the latter of whom is also accused of kidnapping and robbing Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, last year. Ellison denies the charges.
According to TMZ.com, the musician spent almost two hours on the stand and testified that he became a member of the gang in November 2017, and participated in violent crimes including shootings, assaults and drug trafficking.
The rapper also identified the two defendants as gang members, as well as others in the gang who featured in his Gummo video. He also gave evidence interpreting social media posts and direct messages related to alleged gang activity.
Tekashi testified he began cooperating with federal prosecutors shortly after his arrest in November 2018. He was looking at a minimum of 47 years in prison on gang-related racketeering charges before cutting the deal.
The 23-year-old claimed he never had a formal initiation into the gang, that he never personally shot anyone and his role was to keep making hits so he could bankroll the gang’s activities.
His decision to cooperate has drawn criticism on social media and rap icon Snoop Dogg recently labeled him a “snitch.”
Federal prosecutors fear for the musician’s safety, so he’s being held behind bars in a facility filled with other cooperators. U.S. Marshals transported Tekashi to court through, and he’s being heavily guarded.