The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, is currently testifying against two of his former fellow Nine Trey members, Anthony “Harvey” Ellison and Aliermiah “Nuke” Mack, who are facing firearms and racketeering charges.
During the proceedings on 19 September, the 23-year-old was asked to name other members of the gang as part of a plea deal to cut down his potential jail time.
He testified that Brooklyn rapper Cardi B was affiliated. She and a representative have both denied the claim.
In a since deleted tweet, Cardi wrote in response: “You just said it yourself… Brim not 9 Trey. I have never been 9 Trey or associated with them.”
Earlier this year in an interview with GQ, she spoke about her teenage years when she did have links with a gang.
“When I was 16 years old, I used to hang out with a lot of… Bloods,” she said. “I used to pop off with my homies. And they’d say, ‘Yo, you really get it poppin’. You should come home. You should turn Blood.
“And I did. Yes, I did. And something that – it’s not like, oh, you leave. You don’t leave.”
However, the Bloods Cardi was referring to were apparently the Brim Bloods, not the Nine Trey gang.
A representative for Cardi also told Metro that Hernandez’s claims were false.
He was arrested in November 2018, and was originally facing a minimum of 47 years and maximum of life in prison after being charged with nine federal counts including racketeering, firearms offences and drug trafficking.
After entering a guilty plea deal with prosecutors, he agreed to testify against fellow members.
He has explained that his role in the Bloods gang involved “making hits” and being the “financial support for the gang”.
He stated the money he made through rapping was not only used for gang members’ personal use, but also for the acquisition of firearms.
In return, the rapper got his ‘career’ as the gang provided him with street credibility as well as protection.
When asked in court if he entered the plea deal to help the US government or get himself an easy sentence, Hernandez replied: “A little bit of both.”
The trial is ongoing.
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