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Keep snitchin', Tekashi 6ix9ine

Internets, I don't think it's the right thing to do to rat people out in a court of law, because I ab

Life in a Shanty Town

September 20 · Issue #130 · View online
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I don’t think it’s the right thing to do to rat people out in a court of law, because I abide by street laws at all times, especially in my dealings with women, but I’m willing to make an exception for Tekashi 6ix9ine for a number of reasons, including the following:
1) The Nine Trey Bloods are ungrateful and highly inconsiderate.
Tekashi 6ix9ine did a lot for the Nine Trey Bloods. In court, he offered as an example of his financial arrangement with the gang a show for which he was paid $250,000 and they let him keep $185,000 of it.
I did the math on this—using a calculator, natch. A $65,000 cut from a $250,000 check is a more-than-25% fee. And for what? They guided this guy’s career right into jail. As former weed carriers for Jim Jones, you’d think they would have been adept at preventing the one breadwinner in the crew from getting locked up.
When 6ix9ine lost $15,000 because he couldn’t perform in Austin, TX, because he didn’t “check in” with J. Prince (who doesn’t even live in Austin!), that money should have come out of the money he was paying the Nine Trey Bloods. If I’m paying a street gang a usurious management fee for protection, I shouldn’t have to pay extra to avoid being threatened by a guy who’s like 5'6. That should be covered as part of the 26%. To paraphrase any number of proud, independent black women, I could get my ass whooped by my damn self!
2) Tekashi 6ix9ine’s gang didn’t have the sense to pop a cap in his ass.
At a certain point, it should have been clear to the Nine Trey Bloods that they wouldn’t be able to extort Tekashi 6ix9ine forever. His rap career would only last but so long, because he has no talent, and it was only a matter of time before he got them all killed or thrown in jail.
In retrospect, their best move would have been to pop a cap in his ass the night he went to Chief Keef’s block in Chicago at like 3 AM and taunted Keef for not doing anything about it. Keef probably isn’t even allowed in Chicago. I remember one time they wouldn’t even let a Hologram Chief Keef perform there. But no one would have had a problem believing that someone in Chicago (Chicago!) shot Tekashi 6ix9ine, nor would the police have bothered investigating.
Problem solved!
3) Who joins a gang in 2019?
Yesterday in court, Tekashi 6ix9ine identified Cardi B as a member of the Nine Trey Bloods. On Twitter, Cardi’s publicist, probably some white woman employed by the makers of Hustlers—a movie about a group of strippers who drug and rob men, which is being celebrated as some sort of feminist triumph—replied that this wasn’t true. Cardi herself then replied that she’s a member of the Brim Bloods, not the Nine Trey Bloods.
The particular blood set that Cardi B is a member of is irrelevant, both because female gang members aren’t real gang members (I will fight literally any female gang member, provided no guys jump in) and because I’m sure law enforcement could give a rat’s ass what kind of blood someone is. Shit, a criminal is a criminal!
I was in high school back in the mid ‘90s when, thanks to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, et al., and also, to be fair, Bernie Sanders, they made it illegal to even be in a gang. You didn’t even have to commit an actual crime. Theoretically, you could join a gang, not do anything illegal and still get arrested. Arguably, such laws incentivized criminal activity; I mean, since you were going to jail anyway. There were even laws that said that any group of more than two black guys standing around, in a certain area (the only three black guys in my neighborhood were me, my father and my little brother), could be considered a gang.
Keep in mind, this was… uh, much longer ago than I care to admit. Some of these younger rappers weren’t even born back then. Why would anyone—at a time when the police are burying people underneath the jail just for being a member of a gang, e.g. Bobby Shmurda and GS9—admit, in public, to being a member of a gang? Not only do Tekashi 6ix9ine and the rest of the dumbasses in the Nine Trey Bloods deserve to be in jail, but I hope they get Cardi B too.
But free Taxstone, who’s a podcasting legend and didn’t do anything wrong, as far as I’m concerned.
Take it easy on yourself,

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