Despite the fact rapper, Tekashi69, or Daniel Hernandez, is currently sitting behind bars awaiting conviction and sentencing on racketeering charges, he’s still making waves on the Billboard charts.
In fact, just three months after he, Nicki Minaj, as well as Anuel AA, released their joint hit, “Bebe,” which took the Hot Latin Songs by storm, Mr. Hernandez, 22, has once again taken the top spot with the song “Mala.”
In the week ending on the 6th of December, Nielsen Music reported that Hernandez’s newest song earned approximately 6.8 million United States clicks, a 37% gain.
As it was previously reported, Daniel’s album, Dummy Boy, released on the 27th of November, was a surprising publication that was supposed to hit the shelves shortly after but was ultimately postponed due to his incarceration. Industry insiders supposedly leaked the album online on Tekashi’s personal website.
His latest track earned Daniel his second Top 10 hit, while it’s the fifth for Anuel AA. Unfortunately, this is great news in an otherwise horribly complicated situation, as 6ix9ine waits behind bars for a full year before facing conviction and sentencing.
The authorities booked Hernandez on racketeering charges after months of complications involving the police in New York City and around the country. Daniel has been in and out of the judicial system repeatedly in the last few years, with the most recent being his guilty plea to sex-related charges involving a minor.
Moreover, Tekashi69 has been indirectly, and directly, linked to drive-by shootings, including the supposed hit ordered on Chief Keef, and the New York City restaurant shooting.
Previously, Tekashi and his crew were trying to meet with a New York record label executive, but when the man’s security said Tekashi’s crew couldn’t come in, things quickly went sour, and shots were fired before the police finally arrived.
Subsequently, Hernandez has allegedly incriminated himself over and over again on social media, by posting videos of himself ordering “hits” out on people as well as repeatedly saying “Treway,” the name of a New York gang he’s supposedly associated with.
Currently, Hernandez’s lawyer, Lance Lazzaro, is arguing that the 22-year-old rapper is merely “playing a role” as a way of promoting his music. It’s unclear how well that defense will work.