Controversial rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine's prison release date is closer than you think.
The 23-year-old artist, who's real name is Daniel Hernandez, is slated to get out of the joint later this summer on August 2, 2020, per Complex. He's currently serving a two-year sentence for a racketeering charge stemming from his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods gang.
"The reason why he's getting released early is because he's the perfect model prisoner," said Dawn Florio, a member of 6ix9ine's legal team.
6ix9ine was wrapped up in a series of high profile violent crimes leading to his arrest, including an altercation with Casanova at the Barclays Center, an attempted hit on Chief Keef and a shooting at a dinner party.
Initially, 6ix9ine pleaded guilty to nine counts in his criminal case and was facing 47 years to life in prison. What could've been a lengthy sentence, though, was reduced to a two-year stint with credit for time served after Tekashi snitched heavily and proved to be a very cooperative witness, helping the Feds convict two prominent Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods members.
On the day of his sentencing, Tekashi was emotional. He broke down when he saw his long-absent biological father in the courtroom for the first time since the third grade.
He also spoke about why he joined the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods in the first place. “I was more worried about fame and success than my own and others’ well being. I was weak. I was easily influenced,” he said.
“Your cooperation was impressive. It was game changing. It was complete and it was brave,” said U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer when he announced the sentence.
6ix9ine's fate post-prison is still up in the air. In Sept. 2019, TMZ reported that he plans to reject witness protection following his release, even though he'll face serious risks given his transparency about Nine Trey.
It seems that he plans to continue making music instead, having resigned with 10K Projects, his former label, for a two-album deal.