Tekashi 6ix9ine has been labeled a snitch by the general collective for testifying on the witness stand, but in a new interview with the New York Times, he made it clear he only broke street code because it was broken to him first.

Talking to journalist Joe Coscarelli, the polarizing rapper broke down his thought process and explained exactly why he didn’t hesitate to tell on his Nine Tr3y affiliates.

“I really want this to hit home: When I was kidnapped, was I a victim?” he asked. “Did I cooperate? No. When they were stealing money from shows, did I cooperate? No. Did I have many chances to tell the police what I saw? Yes. I was following a street code that was upheld by me and that I thought was real. Before I broke the street code, how many times was it broken to me? ‘It’s all about honor, loyalty.’ Well, let’s talk about if sleeping with somebody’s girl is honor, kidnapping somebody is honor, stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from them is honor, trying to kill them is honor. ‘Snitching’s not street!’ But street is taking advantage of one of your homies?”

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When asked to confirm if the deal was the gang would provide him street credibility in exchange for the money he’d bring in, 6ix9ine didn’t hesitate.

“Credibility,” he confirmed. “I just didn’t know the betrayal. These are guys that I woke up next to every day.”

In the same interview, the “TROLLZ” creator also compared himself to Tupac Shakur and admitted he is addicted to the attention he receives. Read the full piece here.