Tekashi69 reportedly turned down the opportunity to enter the United States Federal Witness Protection Program. The 23-year-old rapper considered entering the program after testifying against fellow members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods street gang.
Last week, the troubled rapper testified that fellow rappers Jim Jones and Cardi B were involved with the Bloods gang.
He also admitted he helped try to kill a rival gang member, as part of a plea bargain to avoid a potential 47-year prison sentence.
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While Tekashi 6ix9ine, real name Daniel Hernandez, was mocked by fellow rapper Snoop Dogg for being a "snitch", TMZ reported the rapper rejected an offer to enter the program because he wants to revive his recording career once he's freed from prison.
TMZ added that, instead of government-funded protection, he'll hire his own 24/7 security team to guard him and his family.
Although he's currently behind bars without bond, Tekashi apparently believes he'll be able to pick up his music career once he's out of jail - as early as next year, as part of his plea bargain with federal prosecutors.
Tekashi was expected to go into the witness protection program, but he was told he would have to pay to remove his distinctive tattoos.
Tekashi's trial is expected to wrap on Thursday. The trial will be documented in the upcoming Snapchat series Tekashi69 Vs The World, which is expected to drop soon.
Tekashi69 must pay to remove his face tattoos to enter the government's witness protection program, because the government won't pay to remove his distinctive face tattoos.
The 23-year-old rapper turned government witness to shave decades off his prison sentence if he is convicted of racketeering, attempted murder, and firearm charges.
Tekashi, real name Daniel Hernandez, faces up to 32 years in prison.
According to the NY Times, the witness protection program is one of Tekashi's options if he is released early from prison.
The government has successfully relocated reformed criminals and mobsters who turned government witness. One mobster is now a doll salesman in a suburban town.
But the rapper's distinctive rainbow colored hair and tattoos would make it difficult for him to blend into suburbia.
"Despite how connected we are, and the appetite for social media content in this country, there are places where, if this kid gets a haircut and wears normal clothes, no one would know or care who he is," said Jay Kramer, a former F.B.I. official.
The U.S. Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, won't pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez's signature face tattoos if he is accepted into the program.
Once in the program, Tekashi can't have contact with his family, friends or associates.
If you thought former drug kingpin Alpo was in the witness protection program after snitching on fellow drug lords, you thought wrong.
Actor Faizon Love (right) posted a photo of himself posing with the notorious Harlem drug dealer-turned-federal witness Alberto "Alpo" Martinez.
In the photo caption Faizon hinted at an upcoming project with Alpo: "Y'all not ready for Alpo and Faizon ...oh sh*t."
Faizon later deleted the post after receiving backlash for posing with the man whose testimony sent lower level drug workers to prison.
Alpo was released from prison after serving a portion of his 35-year prison sentence.
He was once considered a hero to Harlem residents who looked to him for Thanksgiving turkey giveaways and for protection from rival drug dealers.
But Alpo's admirers turned on him after he murdered drug rival Rich Porter in 1990. Porter was reportedly a blood relative of the late socialite Kim Porter.
According to VladTV, Alpo spared himself from serving a life sentence by testifying against his alleged D.C. enforcer Wayne "Silk" Perry in open court. Perry received five consecutive life sentences without the possibility of parole.
According to Vice, Alpo was released from prison in a little-known federal prison witness protection program called "cheese factories" in 2015.