According to a report by Blast, Tekashi, 22, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has denounced his gangbanging image in rap.
“Daniel Hernandez is completely innocent of all charges being brought against him,” Takashi’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, said. “He is an entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise. Mr. Hernandez became a victim of this enterprise and later took steps by firing employees and publicly denounced this enterprise through a morning show.”
Authorities believe that Tekashi was connected to the Nine Trey gang, which is a “violent” sect of the Bloods. Tekashi’s ex-manager Kifano Jordan, aka Shotti, was also indicted along with Faheem Walter, aka Crippy, Jamel Jones, aka Mel Murda, Jensel Butler, aka Ish, and Fuguan Lovick, aka Fu Banga.
During his rise in hip-hop over the past year, Tekashi was known for starting conflict with multiple artists. He used his social media platforms to threaten and troll individuals in the music industry, such as rapper YG and music executive Jas Prince. He often posted photos of himself holding guns and reportedly also had enemies who were not in the music industry.
In turn, Tekashi would have to travel with up to 10 bodyguards at a time. His latest video shoot was canceled in early November after gunshots were fired at a mansion in Beverly Hills where the taping was to take place. The gunshots occurred before a scheduled appearance by Nicki Minaj. Kanye West and Tekashi were reportedly inside the mansion at the time of the shooting.
Days before his arrest, Tekashi announced on social media that he fired his entire team, which included his manager, booking agent and publicist.
Tekashi could face danger while in prison after a judge ordered that he be placed in general population at the Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn, New York, according to Newsweek.
If convicted, Tekashi faces 25 years to life in prison.