Controversial rapper and convicted felon Tekashi 6ix9ine has said that he gets compared to Donald Trump every day for his social media use and 'would jump off that ledge' if he were no longer famous - but intends to use his new-found freedom to 'keep making music and keep dominating.'
The Brooklyn-born rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez, was released from prison in April, amid concerns about COVID-19, and remains under house arrest.
In February 2019 he pled guilty to nine charges including conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery, and was given a two-year prison sentence after testifying for the prosecution against the his former drug-dealing street gang, Nine Trey Gangster Bloods.
Tekashi 6ix9ine pled guilty in Feb 2019 to conspiracy to commit murder and armed robbery
In court in New York he testified against his fellow Nine Trey gang members
In his first interview since his release, Hernandez, 24, told The New York Times he had no regrets about joining the violent gang.
'I knew what I was doing with Nine Trey. I knew what I was getting into,' he said, adding that he did it to bring 'credibility' to his music.
Hernandez said gang members kidnapped him, stole money from him, and threatened to kill him.
He said he felt betrayed by his former 'crew', and became a 'snitch' because he feared for his life.
'I really want this to hit home: When I was kidnapped, was I a victim? Did I cooperate? No,' he said.
'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?'
The 24-year-old rapper was released early from prison in April and remains under house arrest