RAPPER Tekashi 6ix9ine was pistol-whipped, kidnapped, and robbed in front of his ex and daughter as he returned from shooting a music video in Brooklyn.
The 22-year-old exploded onto the music scene last year but the star has now been hospitalised ahead of his latest single with Nicki Minaj, but who is and what’s his real name? Here’s the lowdown…
Who is rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine?
Tekashi 6ix9ine is an American rapper who first found viral fame uploading tracks to SoundCloud.
The rapper, whose name is pronounced “six nine”, first began releasing songs in 2014 and gained mainstream attention for his style of aggressive rap mixed with anime visuals.
He rose to fame in late 2017 with the release of his debut commercial single Gummo which became platinum earlier this year, but his career has also been blighted by legal issues.
On October 20, 2015, he pled guilty to use of a child in a sexual performance and revealed on the NoJumper podcast that he previously served time in prison as a minor for assault.
What Tekashi 6ix9ine’s real name?
The rapper was born Daniel Hernandez on May 8, 1996, and has one daughter, with his partner Sara.
The 22-year-old was raised in Brooklyn, New York, to a Mexican mother and a Puerto Rican father.
Before embarking on his music career, he sold marijuana to support his family after his father was murdered in 2009.
His debut mixtape, Day69, was released on February 23, 2018, and peaked at number four on the Billboard 200.
On July 12, 2018, less than two weeks before he was attacked himself, Hernandez was arrested for allegedly choking a 16-year-old in January.
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When was he reportedly kidnapped and beaten in New York?
On July 22, 2018, Tekashi 6ix9ine was hospitalised after he was pistol-whipped, kidnapped and robbed of nearly £600,000.
After returning home from shooting a music video in his native Brooklyn, the rapper revealed two men blocked in his car before he was forced to hand over cash and jewellery or face being shot.
He later told The New York Police department that they then drove him back to his house and ransacked it for valuables in front of his ex-girlfriend and their daughter.
TMZ reported that two of the kidnappers looted his house, making off with £570,000 in jewellery and up to £15,000 in cash, while a third guarded him in the car.
The rapper escaped and visited the police station where he subsequently “became uncooperative” after filing his police report, and was later admitted to a hospital.
He is currently undergoing tests including a CT scan, however, he still released his planned music video for new single FEFE with Nicki Minaj.
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