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In the third day of explosive testimony, the rapper known as Tekashi 69 (or 6ix9ine) told a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan that he was not the only well-known rapper associated with Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and gang that prosecutors say was responsible for a string of violent crimes throughout the city.
As prosecutors were about to play a recording of a phone conversation, Tekashi 69, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was asked to identify the voices on it. He said one of them to Jim Jones, whom he called a "retired rapper" and said he was a member of the gang .
[ReadaboutTekashi6ix9ine's first and second days of testimony.]
Immediately after those charges landed, Mr. Hernandez cut a deal with prosecutors. In exchange for testing against his former associates, prosecutors agreed to ask the judge to reduce his sentence.
Hernandez sought to further distance himself from the Nine Trey gang and even his own boisterous persona. "I knew the formula was to repeat it," he said. “The gang image, like, promote it.”