TEKASHI 6ix9nine is a rapper known for his rainbow hair and multiple tattoos.
The artist, 26, rose to fame in 2017 with his hit single Gummo, but is now “struggling to make ends meet” – here’s everything we know.
InstagramTekashi is reportedly broke after his legal troubles and arrest[/caption]
Where is Tekashi 6ix9ine from?
By grade eight, the future rapper had been expelled from school and picked up jobs working as a bus-boy.
He had a difficult childhood, and began selling marijuana to financially provide for his family after the murder of his father in 2009.
His music career started in 2014 when he started releasing tracks on SoundCloud.
By 2017, 6ix9nine had risen to fame after the release of his debut commercial single Gummom and his songs Kooda and Keke also made the Billboard Top 100 charts.
His explanation of ’69,’ in his words is: “Because you are right, doesn’t mean I’m wrong. It is a question of perspective.
“Turn number six upside down and it is nine, but remains same in a different perspective. So open up your heart and mind.”
What happened to Tekashi 6ix9ine?
The rapper has had a few run-ins with law enforcement.
In 2017 he pled guilty to “the use of a child in a sexual performance” after posting a video in 2015.
He had uploaded three videos in 2015 on his social media page, which showed himself and another man with a minor girl of 13-14 years of age.
6ix9ine was then arrested in 2018 on racketeering charges.
Tekashi gave evidence against accused members of the Nine Trey Bloods gang when he was facing a 47-year life sentence for racketeering, attempted murder, armed robbery, carrying a firearm, and assault with a dangerous weapon.
He struck a deal with prosecutors to help convict gang members Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah Mack – with the judge describing the move as “unprecedented”.
The rapper was handed a 24-month sentence in 2019 after pleading guilty.
At that point he had served 13 months of a two-year sentence, and the rest of his time was to be served in home confinement.
“I do not know if I will ever command the kind of advances I was paid before my arrest, and my career stalled.”
He was rushed to hospital on Tuesday, March 21, 2023, after being jumped by a gang inside a South Florida gym.
Hernandez’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, confirmed the rapper suffered facial injuries and bruising.
It is not known whether this latest attack on the rapper is connected with any of his legal battles.