Now that 6ix9ine has testified in the trial of former associates and alleged Nine Trey Gangsta Blood gang members Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack and Anthony "Harv" Ellison, he will likely be a target of animosity and possibly violence for cooperating with authorities. He may have the option of entering witness protection.

On Sunday (Sept. 22), The New York Times published an article that reports prosecutors have indicated Tekashi could be headed for the witness protection program because of how well known he is. Discussion of 6ix9ine, born Daniel Hernandez, going into protective hiding has been going on since February.

“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,” Jay Kramer, a former F.B.I. official who worked on organized crime cases tells the paper.

One could counter that his numerous tattoos would hinder the rapper's ability to go unnoticed. That will likely remain an issue for Tekashi. According to the article, "There is almost nothing in Mr. Hernandez’s background that suggests a capacity for discretion, and it is unlikely the United States Marshals Service, which runs the witness protection program, would pay for the removal of Mr. Hernandez’s signature face tattoos."

Even after agreeing to a deal with prosecutors, 6ix9ine's fate is still up to a judge. Despite the negative stigma associated with assisting authorities, T.I. believes 6ix9ine would be welcomed back to the hood.

"It's a bunch of rats walking 'round right now," Tip said in a recent interview. "And that's the thing that really hurts. They riding 'round with somebody they know done told in they hood right now, because, 'Well, he didn't tell on me.' This cat can come home and throw parties and the parties be popping. It be full. If muthafuckas don't fuck with rats, how the hell is this party so packed? And everybody know how cous' came home. Everybody know what happened."

The trial of Aljermiah "Nuke" Mack and Anthony "Harv" Ellison is scheduled to conclude this week.

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