ARTIST PROFILE

6ix9ine

Name: Daniel Hernandez

Birthday: May 8, 1996

Fav Dish: Traditional Mexican Food.

Daniel Hernandez (born May 8, 1996), known professionally as 6ix9ine (pronounced “six nine”) or Tekashi 6ix9ine, is an American rapper. He is known for his unconventional appearance, controversial behavior and brute-force screaming technique in his raps.

Hernandez rose to fame in late 2017 with the release of his debut single “Gummo”. The song peaked at number 12 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. In early 2018, Hernandez released his debut album, Day69, which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 album chart. He earned his first top-ten entry on the Hot 100 with “Fefe”, featuring Nicki Minaj and Murda Beatz.

Daniel Hernandez was born on May 8, 1996 in Bushwick, Brooklyn to a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father. He was raised by both his mother and father until the age of thirteen and grew up alongside his brother. Hernandez didn’t have a television growing up and would often go to sleep hungry. He never had enough money to buy new clothes and once his mother gave him a pair of shoes she found in the trash and when he showed up to school wearing them, one of his classmates recognised them as a pair that he had recycled but despite his poverty, Hernandez was popular in school. He was a class clown, he never was bullied and had the confidence to always be himself. In 2009, when Hernandez was thirteen years old, a serious tragedy changed his life for the worse, his father was murdered just steps away from the family home and Hernandez became depressed due to his father’s passing.

After that Hernandez had some serious issues, he began getting in trouble in school and was expelled from school in 8th grade, and did not return. With his father gone, Daniel’s mother had even more trouble paying the bills than before so rather than focusing on getting back into school, Daniel began to look for work to help her pay the bills. The first job he had was a gig as a busboy at a local restaurant but it didn’t last long. Young Daniel was too weak to carry stacks of plates and ended up getting fired. He would later find work in other odd jobs but with traditional work failing to get Daniel the cash he so desperately needed, he and his brother turned to selling drugs, at first he just sold marijuana but would turn to selling heroin. Hernandez later served jail time as a minor after being arrested for selling heroin and assaulting the owner of a bodega. Hernandez’s musical influences as a teenager where heavy metal bands such as All That Remains and Parkway Drive. His brother was also a member of a heavy metal band which further exposed Daniel to music from the genre.

In October 2015, Hernandez pled guilty to one felony count of use of a child in a sexual performance. Hernandez was charged with three counts of the offense after a February 2015 incident where he had sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl and later distributed videos of the incident online. Three videos are described in the criminal complaint against Hernandez. In the first video, “the child engages in oral sexual intercourse with the separately charged defendant Taquan Anderson, while the defendant, Daniel Hernandez, stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks. The child is nude in the video.” The other videos show the child sitting on the lap of Hernandez while her breasts are groped by Anderson, and later sitting naked across the laps of Anderson and Hernandez.[18]

In a November 2017 interview, Hernandez claimed to have “no sexual contact” with the girl and denied knowing she was a minor. Hernandez also claimed to be seventeen at the time of the incident, although the birth date listed in the complaint against him and in his statement to the police shows he was eighteen at the time.

Under his plea deal, Hernandez must obtain his General Education Development (GED), refrain from posting sexually explicit or violent images of women or children to social media, and not commit another crime for two years, among other injunctions. If met, the plea deal would give Hernandez three years probation and he would not have to register as a sex offender; if not, Hernandez could face up to three years in prison. In a January 2018 court hearing, it was revealed that Hernandez had failed his GED test, but had his sentencing adjourned until April 10, 2018. The court date was later postponed, reportedly because the court did not have a copy of Hernandez’s GED. Prior to his sexual misconduct charges, Hernandez served jail time as a minor for assault and the sale of heroin.

On July 12, 2018, Hernandez was arrested in New York for an outstanding warrant related to an incident where he allegedly choked a 16-year-old in Houston’s Galleria Mall in January 2018.
In the early morning hours of July 22, 2018, Hernandez was kidnapped, pistol whipped, beaten, and robbed by three unknown assailants. He had finished shooting a music video when three armed assailants grabbed Hernandez outside of his home and pistol whipped him. The robbers eventually took over $750,000 in custom jewellery and approximately $35,000 in cash. Hernandez escaped from their vehicle and summoned police help via a stranger. He was taken to the hospital.

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