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Rapper 6ix9ine facing 32 years to life in prison

by Christopher Suarez - Campus Talk Editor
Wed, Dec 5th 2018 05:20 pm
doing time Brooklyn rapper, 6ix9ine (above) is now facing time in prison for multiple crimes. 6ix9ine is facing 30 plus years in prison over racketeering and gun possession charges. Sources close to the rapper say the police arrested him to protect him from a potential murder plot.
doing time Brooklyn rapper, 6ix9ine (above) is now facing time in prison for multiple crimes. 6ix9ine is facing 30 plus years in prison over racketeering and gun possession charges. Sources close to the rapper say the police arrested him to protect him from a potential murder plot.

Hip-hop has been dominated by a variety of artists throughout the years. Most of those artists’ popularity have died out after a couple of songs due to their lack of consistency. Then there are those artists who have maintained fame with an impressive resumé of music, but there are also artists who stay in the limelight through constant trouble. Daniel Hernandez, better known by stage name 6ix9ine, is one of those rappers.

The 22-year-old rainbow haired rapper from Brooklyn, New York has been the topic of discussion in the rap game for over a year now. Ever since Hernandez released his song “GUNMO” back in November of 2017, his life changed substantially. He went from being a regular guy to an international sensation in a matter of weeks.

The fame and fortune of his career is now falling apart. According to the New York Times, the rapper is facing federal racketeering charges that can land him in prison from between at least 35 years to life. The question is, how did he end up here? That question can be answered in many different ways.

His story begins in March of 2015. According to Newsweek, 6ix9ine was arrested for his involvement in a child sex act. The rapper appeared in a video while his friend performed a sexual act on a minor. The judge gave him probation only if he completed his GED, but he ended up failing it in January of 2018. The judge then ordered 6ix9jne to serve four years of probation and 1,000 hours of community service.

In May of 2018,  Hernandez was arrested for driving with a suspended license. During his arrest, the rapper ended up injuring an officer, which led to additional charges piled on. Fast forward to July of this year, the rapper was again arrested following a warrant out for his arrest. An incident in which Hernandez choked a 16-year-old at a mall in Houston is what led to the warrant. The rapper was only charged with a misdemeanor assault.

Finally, in November, 6ix9ine was arrested following a federal indictment on six counts of racketeering conspiracy. Along with the racketeering charge, the rapper is also facing a firearm offense in connection to an armed robbery that took place back in April. Hernandez was also involved in a shooting that took place in Brooklyn back in July.

All these incidents are what has led to the rapper ending up in prison and potentially the rest of his life there. Despite his long criminal history, the rapper’s music career has taken off over the last year. 6ix9ine has bragged on his Instagram multiple times of his success on the billboard charts. The rapper is currently at 10 for 10 on billboards. His fame has grown substantially with the rapper being featured on notable radio shows like power 105.1’s “The Breakfast Club” and “The Angie Martinez Show.”

It’s a shame that another rapper has ended up behind bars. There is a long rap sheet of rappers whose careers got ruined because they ended up in prison. Artists like Bobby Shmurda, DMX, Lil Wayne, Kodak Black, and T.I are all examples of ruined careers due to prison.

In my opinion, seeing a young man who has a daughter and a family to take care of go to prison is disappointing. Daniel Hernandez from the beginning has been destined for failure. Coming from a rough neighborhood in Brooklyn and his father leaving him at a young age, he has never been given the opportunity to make it out. It is sad to see he had the platform to get out of the street life and do good for himself and his family, but chose not to.

I wish that he never made those decisions and continued to better himself, but the law has finally caught up to him and I hope prison can make him realize that he needs to change.