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In a third day of explosive testimony, the rapper known as Tekashi 69 (or 6ix9ine) told a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan that he was not the only well-known rapper associated with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, a gang that prosecutors say is responsible for a string of violent crimes throughout the city.
As prosecutors were about to play a recording of a phone conversation, Tekashi 69, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was asked to identify the voices on it. He said one of them belonged to Jim Jones, whom he called a “retired rapper” and said was a member of the gang.
Before Thursday, Mr. Jones, a Harlem-based rapper who released an album in May, had not been publicly linked to Mr. Hernandez’s case. In November, federal prosecutors brought sweeping racketeering and firearms charges against Mr. Hernandez and alleged members of the Nine Trey gang.
Immediately after those charges landed, Mr. Hernandez cut a deal with prosecutors. In exchange for testifying against his former associates, prosecutors agreed to ask the judge to reduce his sentence.
On Wednesday, Mr. Hernandez sought to further distance himself from the Nine Trey gang and even his own boisterous persona. “I knew the formula was to repeat it,” he said. “The gang image, like, promote it.”