Prosecutors plan to introduce Tekashi69’s rowdy music videos as evidence against two accused Nine Trey Bloods gangbangers, new papers reveal.
Tekashi’s hit songs, “GUMMO,” “KOODA” and “BILLY” feature lyrics and footage that detail Nine Trey mayhem, beefs and internal power struggles, prosecutors said in new documents filed in Manhattan Federal Court.
The brash, Brooklyn-born rapper rainbow hair and tattoos on his face is expected to be the star witness in the trial of accused Nine Trey members Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison. Prosecutors say the gang was fueled by robberies, drug dealing — and Tekashi’s music career.
He copped to nine charges carrying a minimum of 47 years in prison earlier this year and is cooperating with the feds in the hopes of receiving a lighter sentence.
“The Government seeks to offer at trial certain of (Tekashi’s) music videos that contain appearances by members of Nine Trey, including Ellison, and lyrics that pertain to certain disputes between (Tekashi) and rival rappers,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Longyear wrote.
The video for Tekashi’s song, GUMMO, was filmed in front of a “headquarters of sorts” for the gang, according to the filing. The rapper met many of the alleged Nine Trey members charged in a November gang takedown during the video shoot.
A fourth video by the rapper Casanova, “Don’t Run,” adds context to an April 2018 showdown in which the rapper’s crew ran into Tekashi’s entourage inside the Barclays Center, prosecutors say. A Nine Trey member fired a shot into a ceiling in the arena, prosecutors wrote. No one was hurt.
“You dead Daniel,” Casanova raps in the song, referencing Tekashi’s real name Daniel Hernandez.
Tekashi, meanwhile, posted a video to Instagram mocking Casanova and his crew for running away after the shot in the Brooklyn arena, saying “Boom Boom Boom, where you goin’?”
In a twist, Ellison is accused of kidnapping Tekashi in July 2018 amid a power struggle within the gang.
“Harv, you know I’ll give you everything … Harv, I’ve always done right by you … Harv, I’ve put money in your pocket bro, I’m scared,” Tekashi is heard saying in a video filmed during the incident, according to documents.
The rapper is expected to testify that after the kidnapping he discussed taking out a $50,000 hit on Ellison as retribution.
Nine Trey is comprised of a “street lineup” of gangsters who answer to the “prison lineup” that calls the shots, authorities say. Tekashi is expected to testify that he paid “thousands of dollars” to members of Nine Trey behind bars.
A Nine Trey godfather, Jamel Jones, who already pleaded guilty in the case, told others that he made Tekashi a member of Nine Trey so he “could make money for the gang,” prosecutors said.
The trial is scheduled for September.