HipHopDX – This week in Hip Hop, Tekashi 6ix9ine pleaded guilty and allegedly snitched on others in the RICO case against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang. Also, a rep denied Kanye West is holding Yandhi hostage amid a lawsuit and Blueface learned he was signed to more than just Cash Money West while on The Breakfast Club.
Tekashi 6ix9ine Turns Into “Snitch9ine”
On January 23, Tekashi 6ix9ine reportedly pleaded guilty to nine counts of racketeering, conspiracy, firearms offenses and narcotics trafficking while allegedly part of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.
According to TMZ, the controversial rapper struck a deal with the feds but is still facing 47 years in prison. The federal docs obtained by the outlet revealed Hernandez was involved in dealing heroin, fentanyl, ecstasy, amphetamines and marijuana.
6ix9ine admits he joined the Nine Trey gang in 2017. Transcripts from his hearing last week reveal the 22-year-old artist being very open about the Chief Keef shooting and how committed he was to the gang.
“I paid a person to shoot at a rival member of Nine Trey to scare him,” he says in the transcript. “The shooting took place in Manhattan. I did this to maintain or increase my own standing in Nine Trey.”
Twitter has re-named him “Snitch9ine” since the release of the transcript.
Read more about Tekashi 6ix9ine snitching here.
Kanye West’s Legal Woes
Kanye West filed a lawsuit against Roc-A-Fella Records and EMI Publishing on January 25 and a few days later, The Blast reported his forthcoming album Yandhi is being held up because of a suit against Def Jam.
However, a rep for Ye says this isn’t true.
“The Blast article has the unredacted complaint but it’s not a new lawsuit,” the rep told XXL. “It’s the unredacted version of the previous filing. Also, there’s another inaccurate portion about him holding up the ninth album. That’s not in the complaint and untrue.”
While Kanye tries to fix his label woes, another lawsuit has been settled. A fan who wasn’t too happy with the “deceptive marketing” behind The Life of Pablo rollout recently settled his suit against ‘Ye for an undisclosed amount.
Amid these legal disputes, Kanye also has a different type of issue brewing within his label. G.O.O.D. Music artist Desiigner recently blasted his boss and called ‘Ye “crazy.”
Read more about Kanye West’s lawsuit here.
Blueface Unaware Of Label Situation
During an appearance on the The Breakfast Club, Blueface seemed to not realize he’s signed to multiple labels.
When DJ Envy asked the Billboard Hot 100-charting artist about his deal with Cash Money West, he casually admitted to knowing nothing about the details beyond being signed to his manager Wack 100’s label.
“All I know is Cash Money West and Wack 100,” Blueface told the radio hosts. “You gotta ask Wack about the other people involved [about the rest].”
On Friday evening (February 1), just a few days after the interview, the “Thotiana” creator was arrested for felony gun possession and released after posting $35,000 bail.
Watch The Breakfast Club interview with Blueface here.
#DXCLUSIVES: Fredo Bang, Slimkid3 & The Underground Report
How Fredo Bang Used His Jail Stint To Get His Bars Up
Baton Rouge-bred rapper Fredo Bang spoke with HipHopDX about his journey from making music with his best friend Krazy Trey to having Kevin Gates being featured on his viral hit “Oouuhh.” After the passing of Krazy Trey, Fredo found himself in jail and that’s where he was able to concentrate on making more music.
“The songs I made in jail were easier to make because while I was locked up, I was more in tune with my emotions,” he said. “Outside I can be more distracted.”
Read the full interview with Fredo Bang here.
Slimkid3 Explains How Brian Austin Greene & Korn Aided The Pharcyde’s Rift
In an exclusive interview with HipHopDX’s Kyle Eustice, Slimkid3 explains what happened when The Pharcyde split and why any type of reconciliation has been futile.
“Honestly, the other two guys really just want to run with it,” he says of Bootie Brown and Imani. “They don’t want to mess with me. I can’t say that they gave it a good try. They kind of gave me an ultimatum twice and that’s the reason. I wouldn’t give anybody ultimatum about anything. So, that’s why the fuck I’m not there. I wouldn’t do that to you, so don’t fucking do that shit to me.”
Read the full interview with Slimkid3 here.
Underground Report: 5 Underappreciated Projects From 2018
DX’s Justin Ivey highlights five underappreciated projects from 2018. Among them include Megan Thee Stallion’s Tina Snow and Griselda Records artist Benny The Butcher’s Tana Talk 3.
Get into the full Underground Report here.