If, for some reason, you were feeling nostalgic for the gangsta rap feuds of the early '90s -- a time when life was cheap in the recording industry, as young artists were struck down with alarming frequency -- then you might be getting a kick out the latest twists in the strange saga of Tekashi69.
For the rest of us, of course, the whole thing is just sad and horrifying:
Back in November Tekashi -- whose real name is Daniel Hernandez -- was arrested in connection with a list of crimes that would make Al Capone blush.
Attempted murder, extortion, soliciting sex from a minor -- you name it, Hernandez has been accused of it.
Not surprisingly, Mr. 69 was denied bail and is still awaiting trial.
Tekashi is still facing life behind bars, but he improved his chances for a dramatically shortened sentence this week when he took the stand to testify against [checks notes] the entire hip hop community!
Okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but Tekashi has named a lot of names during his two days of testimony in the trial of Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack and Anthony "Harv" Ellison.
Mack and Ellison are alleged members of Hernandez's former gang, the Nine Trey Bloods.
Tekashi linked the pair to numerous crimes in his first day of testimony, but they're certainly not the only ones he's implicated.
Of course, given what we now know about his strained relationship with the Nine Treys, it's possible that Hernandez's snitching is motivated by more than just a reduced sentence.
TMZ has obtained dashcam footage that shows Tekashi being kidnapped by members of the gang.
The Rapper says he was later pistol-whipped by his captors.
In his comments about the Nine Treys, Hernandez also identified rapper Jim Jones as a member of the gang.
Prosecutors corroborated the claim and played a tape of what they say is a phone conversation in which Jones collaborated with Nine Trey top brass in a scheme to murder Tekashi.
"[6ix9ine] was never a gang member. They going to have to violate shorty because shorty is on some bullsh-t," Jones reportedly remarked.
He has not yet commented publicly on the matter.
Of course, 69 isn't just playing the victim here.
In today's testimony, he admitted to putting out a $20,000 hit on rival rapper Chief Keef.
When his hired gunman missed the target, Tekashi says, he lowered the price to $10,000.
Hey, at least he's frugal!
As has been the case throughout the trial, today's testimony inspired a number of top-notch memes.
It's true that Tekashi could still wind up serving a decade behind bars.
After all, hiring contract killers is not something that prosecutors take lightly.
However, it's also possible that with time served, he could be out in less than a year.
Legal experts speculate that the rapper will promptly enter witness protection upon his release.
Smart idea -- but the rainbow hair and face tattoos might make it difficult for the rapper to blend in rural Arkansas.
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