At just 24 years old, Tekashi 6ix9ine has made millions of dollars in the rap game, done time in prison, and dropped a dime on his gang associates.
Now the troubled rapper’s story is getting the television treatment via the new documentary 69: The Saga Of Danny Hernandez.
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Hulu on Monday released the trailer for the doc from filmmaker Vikram Gandhi (Kumaré, Barry).
The streamer said Gandhi visited 69’s old neighborhood in Brooklyn to speak with people who knew the rapper before his meteoric rise and spectacular fall.
“I hit up his manager to talk about making this documentary. I never heard back,” Gandhi explained in a press release. “After years of traveling the world as an investigative journalist, I was compelled to explore this true-crime story in my hometown.”
Tekashi was arrested on weapons and drug charges in November 2018. He reached a deal with federal prosecutors in January 2019, and agreed to plead guilty to charges for racketeering, weapons possession, armed robbery and dealing narcotics, including fentanyl and heroin.
Facing 47 years in prison, the “Fefe” performer testified as a government witness against two of his Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods associate. The hip-hop star told the court he joined the gang to boost his career, and alleged that fellow New York rappers Cardi B and Jim Jones are also Bloods.
Tekashi got a reduced sentence of two years, for cooperating with the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He served 13 months while awaiting sentencing.
In April 2020, Tekashi was granted early release because of concerns about his health during the coronavirus crisis. A federal judge in Manhattan ordered the rapper to be freed over fears that his chronic asthma could make him vulnerable to COVID-19.
The film on the rapper, 69: The Saga Of Danny Hernandez, is now streaming on Hulu. Watch the trailer below.