In response to the rapid spread of COVID-19 in correctional facilities throughout the U.S., certain states are releasing at-risk and nonviolent inmates early. Controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine happens to be one of the people who has benefited from the decision.
Tekashi reportedly suffers from asthma, a health condition that places him at a higher risk to contract the virus. He was granted an early release from federal custody, and will serve the remainder of his sentence in home confinement.
Originally facing up to life in prison for his involvement in crimes linked to NYC’s Nine Trey Gangster Bloods, Tekashi’s cooperation with law enforcement earned him a significantly lower sentence (24 months).
Prior to his incarceration, Tekashi was arguably New York’s biggest rap artist — attributed more to his antics than talent. In November 2018, Tekashi and several other Nine Trey members were charged in a federal indictment, which placed a halt on the polarizing entertainer’s career.
Now that he’s free, Tekashi may be releasing some music sooner than later, as he’s not legally restricted from dropping content (or utilizing social media). While in prison, he inked a two-album extension with indie label 10K Projects; he’s expected to drop both an English and Spanish album on the label.
Ready to hear new music from Tekashi? Regardless, please keep any incarcerated loved ones you have in your thoughts and prayers.