Daniel Hernandez, better known by his stage as Tekashi 6ix9ine, used to be friends with American rapper 50 Cent, whose true name is Curtis James Jackson III.
They became friends because of their comparable flamboyant personalities and internet trolling and controversies. So much so that they partnered with Maurizio De Jorio in 2018 for their single “Get The Strap.”
While fans and followers expected more collaborations from the hit rappers, things went south, and their growing friendship became sour.
Tekashi 6ix9ine was sentenced to prison
Following his affiliation with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a violent US gang, 6ix9ine’s connection with Cent deteriorated. He acknowledged to joining the group in 2017 and leaving the following year. Then, in November 2018, the New York native became one of many people arrested on charges of racketeering.
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In his initial 2019 trial, 6ix9ine rejected all charges leveled against him. However, knowing that he may face a maximum term of life in prison, he agreed to a plea bargain in exchange for a lower sentence. He testified against previous gangsters and offered strong evidence against other gang members in exchange for the plea. 6ix9ine also admitted to nine charges, including firearm possession, armed robbery, and drugs trafficking. He was given a two-year jail sentence.
Six months before his intended release, however, 6ix9ine was allowed to leave custody and was placed on home arrest with a GPS ankle monitor. Because of the rapper’s significant danger of contracting COVID-19, US district judge Paul Engelmayer granted his early release. He has also suffered bronchitis and asthma in the past.
On His Relationship With 50 Cent, Tekashi 6ix9ine
Without a doubt, 6ix9ine and Cent’s friendship has deteriorated. 6ix9ine revealed that he hadn’t spoken to his longtime collaborator in over a year during a Clubhouse chat in August 2021.
The rapper also revealed that the last time he spoke with Cent was while he was incarcerated. Cent was attempting to find him a lawyer at the time, he revealed.
6ix9ine’s Bright Future features 50 Cent.
In an interview with Angie Martinez in February 2020, Cent spoke at length on 6ix9ine’s future, claiming that he may still rise from the pit. Despite his run-in with the law, the 46-year-old stated that nothing would stop 6ix9ine from selling records and that he would build a large fanbase.
Cent believed that there was a large enough audience in Middle America who were unconcerned about street issues. He hinted that the young rapper will maintain a loyal following. On April 8, 2020, the ‘In Da Club’ rapper dropped a bombshell on an Instagram live after his hopeful interview. He said he would chose 6ix9ine over his own child, Marquise Jackson, in a dig at his eldest son.
He later revealed, though, that he had not heard from 6ix9ine following his early release from prison. Despite gushing about 6ix9ine’s bright future and said he preferred him, the South Jamaica native declared he would not work with him. Cent said he couldn’t get “past Tekashi snitching on his gang member mates” during an interview with The Beat on April 30, 2020.