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Brooklyn rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, has officially begun his testimony against Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack, in front of federal prosecutors.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres “Your honor, the government calls Daniel Hernandez.” He’s in prison blues. Deputy Smallman just swore him in. It’s on.

Ellison and Mack are alleged to have kidnapped 6ix9ine last summer. The two were indicted on multiple gang-related charges this past June.

Dressed in a blue prison suit, Hernandez began to tell the story of how he was recruited into the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, as he was being questing by attorney Michael Longyear.

However, during his testimony, Hernandez threw a stray at Ohio rapper Trippie Redd, naming him as once apart of a rival gang, according to Matthew Russell Lee, who is live-tweeting from the courtroom at Manhattan’s Thurgood Marshall United States Courthouse.

“Trippie Redd was part of Five Nine Brims, Hernandez testifies,” writes Lee. Herndanez also named other former Niney Trey Gangsta Bloods in the former, also facing an indictment.

6ix9ine was arrested back in November 2018 on federal drug racketeering charges. He made the decision to flip “the day after we was taken down.”

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Q: Mr Hernandez, where were you born? Bushwick, Brooklyn. Q: how far did you go in school? Like tenth grade. When did you start living in federal custody? When did you start cooperating? “The next day.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Q: were you a member of a gang? Yes. The Nine Trey Bloods. Q: what sort of things did 9 Trey do? Robberies, assaults, drugs… Q: do you recognize anyone in court? A: Anthony Ellison has a gray suit on.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Where’d you go to school? PS 59. Campos middle school. Legacy high school. Did you work? I started working at 13. My first job was at Youth Corps, for about 2 months. Didn’t make a lot, so bussed tables with my brother.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres #6ix9ine: “I landed another bus boy job. Then I became a wrapper. Peter Rogers came into the store I worked in in Sept 2014 to buy tea and peanuts, asked me if I rapped. Said, You look cool.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Toured in Bratislava, Slovakia; Moscow… For all those shows I made about $2 thousand profit. I did it just for the experience. It changed in Sept 2017. Filmed a music video in #BedStuy, 370 Madison.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres It was called Gummo. G-U-M-M-O I had signed a 20% management deal… Seiko Billy… (starts rapping: in the hood… first use of N-word). Billy is Nine Trey, so I asked him to provide members for the video.

It was when “Gummo” was played in the courtroom where prosecutors questioned the firearms in the visual, where 6ix9ine named Trippie Redd as a former gang member. “Gummo” was reportedly a diss track towards the Ohio native.

“Me and Trippie Redd were signed to the same label,” Hernandez explained. “There was a lot of jealousy involved.”

Following the “Gummo” video shoot is when he met Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, along with other Nine Trey members, who he named while the video played in the court room. “Shotti” was sentenced to 15 years in prison, on Sept. 6, 2019.

The charges are a result of a guilty plea related to two separated cases involving Hernandez, one count of firearm possession during a crime and one count of firearm discharge during a crime.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Government played a song, LOUD. Now they are parsing the video, #6ix9ine pointing out all the guns in it, linking one to Shotti. “Is that a real gun?” “Yes.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres “What is a drum?” “You add it to a gun. It carries an extra clip.” AUSA quoting lyrics using “N-word,” as in “Uber N-word.” Now #6ix9ine is saying “N-word.” “Mister Hernandez, what is Gummo about?”

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Trippie Redd was part of Five Nine Brims, Hernandez testifies. “Did there come a time that Gummo was released on the Internet?” Yes, it went viral. “Meaning, people shared it.” “I just put it up on YouTube and said, whatever happens, happens.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Hearsay: Shotti said, that little rainbow head knows that he doing. “How did Kooda come about?” “I knew I had a formula, to repeat it, the gang, what is the word for it, image, I would say, promote it, you know what I’m trying to say?

Hernandez then began to talk about the creation of “Kooda,” a record that included all gang-related terms, stemming from the Nine Trey Bloods and the creation of the slogan, “Treyway.”

“Treyway was more of a sophisticated way to name the gang—something that we could market,” said Hernandez.

After the success of “Kooda,” 6ix9ine was officially apart of the Nine Trey Bloods.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres “Before I changed my style of rap, I liked this kid called Kooda, I thought he was talented, so I named the song after him.” “Kooda was filmed in Brooklyn, intersection of Fulton Avenue and Utica, near Smurf Village.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Now government plays (parts of) Kooda, again very loud. 6ix9ine testifying about the Big Homie in Smurf Village (!) Government pulls up transcript of Kooda lyrics, Exh 609t. Here’s link: https://t.co/DhkTvrqi1I

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres “If you replace N-word with ‘people,’ that’s what I meant. No one understood how rainbow hair could be with the Bloods… Fifty means to be on point, to be aware. Objection: leading. Sustained.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Q: How did you come up with drafting those lyrics? Based on your time with Nine Trey, did you learn some of their lingo?” “Come again?” Lingo. Judge Engelmayer says the jurors want their mid-afternoon break.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres And we’re back, last #6ix9ine segment of the day. AUSA asks, “When did you become a member of Nine Trey?” November 2017. Were you initiated? No. You had to shoot your 31… Story until now: https://t.co/hizK97st3J

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres 6ix9ine: to be initiated you had to do work. Like, cutting someone’s face. Mr Hernandez, but you were not initiated, right. Right. I just had to keep making hits and giving financial support to the gang. Equipping with guns.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres So what did you get from Nine Trey? “I would say my career. Credibility. Protection. All of the above.” Trey Way was something what we could market. Q: Could you demonstrate the handshake? A: I need two people, but…

6ix9ine continued to talk about the Nine Trey Bloods from the handshake, down to the  “prison lineup” (Nine Trey members behind bars) and “street lineup” (members who are not incarcerated).

He will continue his testimony on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, where he will go into details of his alleged kidnapping that took place July 2018.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Now #6ix9ine is shaking hands with himself, standing up so the jury can see. AUSA: “Who taught you that?” “I’m doing it with Shotti a lot.” “The nine with your index finger and your thumb.” Nuke taught me.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres “We show up at a strip club in Brooklyn. Angels strip club, I don’t want to be quoted.” [There is a court reporter.] I wasn’t making the sign right. He pulled me to the side.

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Mr. Hernandez, did you ever see Mr. Ellison make the sign? “Yes.” Cuing up another video. “Your honor, there’s a little technical issue.” Engelmayer: Ok, very good. “Just show the witness the opening frame of Exhibit 802.”

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres “Mr Hernandez if you could identify the people in the photograph.” “I don’t know the guy in the LA hat.” “And what is Mel Murda wearing?” “Cincinnati Reds… He’s the grandfather, I mean godfather, of the Nine Trey Bloods.”

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres A: “Does 9 Trey have a leadership structure?” Yes. There was a street line up and a prison line up. A: How did the prison line up work?

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Overruled. Now 6ix9ine says he spoke to Frank White and Magoo. “They could say who had ranking and who didn’t.” Q: Turning to the street line up, were there ranks? A: There was a godfather… twins… Five star general…

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@sdnylive @Akademiks @SSartini @Kamila75psg__ @TMZLive @revolttv @Power106LA @HotNewHipHop @TMZFanGroup @MatthewLeeICP @FUNCA_info @antonioguterres Who occupied the positions? “Mel Murda was the godfather. Right under was Shotti… Seiko Billy was a five star.”‘ Judge Engelmayer: I’m looking for a stopping point. (He said it will end at 4 pm, in 5 minutes.)

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