Publicity stunt? Daniel Hernandez, ‘King of New York’ rapper, allegedly robbed and beaten. Incident follows Tekashi 6ix9ine (or Tekashi69) same day release of Nicki Minaj collaboration.
Daniel Hernandez, self confessed ‘King of New York’ rapper otherwise known by his hip hop nom de plume, Tekashi 6ix9ine (or Tekashi69) has told of having been beaten kidnapped and robbed in Brooklyn early Sunday morning.
The incident according to the 22 year old rapper led to him being robbed of $750K worth of jewelry and cash. But perhaps most interestingly (or not) the alleged beat down followed the Sunday release later that day of single “FEFE” with Nicki Minaj. Could the timing (and free press) be any more revealing?
A police report noted the rapper, who bills himself as being ‘untouchable’ returning home from a music-video shoot around 4:30 a.m. when someone bumped his Chevy Tahoe with a dark-colored sedan near Bedford and Atlantic avenues.
From there TMZ reported the rapper alleging two gunmen getting out of the car, taking a phone belonging to Hernandez’s 31-year-old driver and striking the ‘Gummo’ artist before forcing him into their car.
The hoods are alleged to have then driven 6ix9ine to the Bedford-Stuyvesant home of the mother of his child, where he was allegedly forced to call someone inside to bring down an unspecified amount of cash and jewelry.
The rapper claims managing to get out of the car and reporting the crime at a police station around 5 a.m. before going to Kings County hospital. A trail of events which struck some as too matter of fact and not entirely believable.
The incident caused mouths to wag, with a tirade of social media showing Tekashi lying in a hospital bed with his eyes closed, his left eyebrow and left cheekbone swollen.
‘Look at my face — still untouched yo,’ he boasted in a video posted to YouTube in February. ‘Beautiful, luscious s–t.’
It’s being reported Tekashi 6ix9ine was pistol whipped in Brooklyn.
— Crying Jordan (@CryingJordan) July 22, 2018
6ix9ine managed to open the door and run away from his kidnappers. One of them ran after him trying to catch up but couldn’t, tekashi really is the fastest man alive. 😂 he beeeen told us haha
— So Mexican🇲🇽 (@SOMEXlCAN) July 22, 2018
Considering the fact that Tekashi PIONEERED New York rap, as well as the genre himself, he gets a pass!
6ix9ine put New York on the map and is helping smaller NY artists make a name for themselves.
Yall always hate on the greats https://t.co/FiFa050Z0s
— oh ok (@xxxascension) July 22, 2018
Tekashi 6ix9ine wake up call or just a deft of hand PR stunt?
A source told Hollywoodlife.com that his baby’s momma, Sara is ‘terrified’ that her baby’s dad — who is spending time with several rappers including The Game and Trippie Redd — will end up dead.
‘Last night was a real wake up call, and the fact that it happened right on her doorstep, with their child sleeping inside really scared her,’ the source said. ‘He’s beefing with so many people now that it feels like it can only end badly.’
Others responding to the weekend incident have suggested ‘it’s a publicity stunt,’ in lieu of 6ix9ine’s new single with Nicki Minaj, ‘FEFE’ (listen below) which was released a few hours after Sunday’s beat-down.
‘Nicki and 69 drop ‘FeFe’ and all of a sudden Tekashi 69 is ‘Kidnapped, pistol whipped, and robbed’ this n–a is a genius when it comes to marketing boy I’m telling ya,’ tweeted @BamNino.
Come Monday, a contingent of bodyguards were posted outside the Brooklyn home where rapper’s baby’s mother lives.
Tekashi 6ix9ine rise to fame and infamy….
Along with teaming up with Minaj, other feats include the rapper’s debut mixtape ‘Day69’ being released (see directly above) in February and peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Of intrigue, reports told of 6ix9ine allegedly being pistol-whipped, a line of action that differed from the account the rapper gave cops, further fueling suspicions that the story could be fake.
Posted the rapper on Instagram following the alleged attack, ‘As crazy as it sounds.. yesterday morning I had a feeling that it was my day to die. May GOD strike me dead if I’m lying,’
The caption was placed under a photo of recently murdered rapper XXXTentacion.
Went on to note the caption, ‘I get to see my daughter another day. No Hate Charge it to the streets.’
The weekend incident comes contrary to the rapper often being on the other side of the law, with Hernandez arrested at JFK Airport on July 11 on an outstanding warrant from Texas, where he allegedly choked a 16-year-old fan.
A May incident saw the rapper charged after allegedly assaulting a NYPD officer after ‘squeezing’ the hand of the arresting cop who booked him for driving with a suspended license. Tekashi faces up to a year of jail if convicted.
But there’s more.
In 2015, the rapper found himself in a public relations storm when videos of him hooking up with a 13-year-old appeared online. The allegations led to him being branded a pedophile, and claims of the rapper pleading guilty to three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor. And if that wasn’t enough, Rapper Chief Keef accused 6ix9ine of making an attempt on his life outside a Midtown hotel last month.
Which is to suggest there are no shortage of individuals who may have taken relishing in leaving the self confessed ‘untouchable’ King of NY very black and blue and three quarters of a million of cash and jewelry poorer. Publicity stunt aside….
Come Monday, cops told of making no arrests and the investigation ongoing, with 6ix9ine posting on social media saying he believed the robbery was an ‘inside job.’ Which begets the awkward question, with the whole world looking and a zillion dollars to make, define, ‘inside job….’