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New York Radio Host Angie Martinez Is Telling Tekashi 69’s Story In An 8-Part Podcast All About The Rapper

Tekashi 69, also known as Daniel Hernandez, is getting an eight-part documentary podcast series dedicated to telling his life story titled “Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story.” The rapper clearly isn’t done with sharing information, and this time he’s sharing everything about himself. The audio series was born from a partnership between Spotify and Complex.

Praised hip-hop journalist and radio host, Angie Martinez, aka the Voice of New York, will narrate the series, which takes a deep dive into the rise and fall of “2018’s biggest rapper.”

“Tekashi has a polarizing personality and his story has taken us on a roller coaster ride like nothing we’ve ever seen in hip-hop,” Martinez said in the release. “So, when Complex reached out with this project, I was excited about the opportunity to help tell this story.”

Just when we thought the rapper was about to quiet down, the Spotify project was announced.

Tekashi 69 is serving his sentence for racketeering, weapons and drug charges connected to his involvement with the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He was sentenced back in December of 2019, to two years in prison after cooperating with federal authorities to reveal crimes committed by his former gang members. He has since requested to serve the remainder of his sentence at home instead of in a private prison, a plea that the judge presiding over his case denied.

“Infamous: The Tekashi 6ix9ine Story” will air weekly episodes starting Jan. 28, 2020 on Spotify.

The podcast’s plotline starts back in 2014 when Tekashi 69 was working behind a Bushwich deli counter and a customer, which ended up being his manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, told him he had what it took to become a rapper. The eight-part series will delve into Hernandez’s life from becoming a viral, rainbow-haired personality to a person behind bars for racketeering and firearms charges. 

The fallout from Tekashi 69’s testimony has found him labeled a “snitch.”

His former security will no longer work for him, and he is an outcast from the hip-hop community at large. That didn’t stop him from reportedly signing a $10 million recording contract, although it may cost him more to remain protected than to record and promote the music he allegedly worked on in prison, and there’s no telling who would buy that album anyway.

The Spotify original production tracks back Tekashi’s breakout from Instagram troll to hip-hop’s hottest commodity to cooperating witness in a wide-ranging gang sting that led to the downfall of the Nine Trey Bloods who backed Tekashi 69 in a mutualistic bid for funding and clout. 

The first episode is titled “We Scums, We Not Slimes.”

The episode begins with Tekashi’s infamous interview on the Breakfast Club, where the young rapper declared that he was the “King Of New York.” At this point in his career he had just fired his entire crew, and he felt untouchable. He used the interview as a platform to mock his ex-crew of Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, live on the morning show. Many fans still credit this moment as the beginning of the end for the rapper. Days after the Breakfast Club interview, Tekashi was arrested on RICO charges, effectively placing his career on hold.

The episode then gets into how Hernandez ended up behind bars.

Martinez recalls an interview she had with the rapper where he emotionally expressed that he’d “wear sneakers out of the garbage” and he “didn’t shower for two months.” She then asked the question could there have been an opportunity for intervention early on in Hernandez’s youth, “especially given the untreated trauma experienced at a young age.”

Tekashi 69 has already landed an over $10 million record deal with his former label, 10K Projects. 

The deal includes two albums: one in English and one in Spanish. Meanwhile, Showtime is already hard at work on “Supervillian,” 6Tekashi 69 documentary, and 50 Cent’s series “Moment in Time” will also have an hour-long episode dedicated to the rapper. He’s the most wanted man in America in more ways than one.

The new episodes in the eight-episode series will drop every Tuesday, exclusively on Spotify. In each episode, listeners will listen to people who helped to shape the problematic artist: the Scumgang members who mentored him, members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, producers, and the people who encouraged the rapper’s transformation from a Bushwick kid to the multimillionaire, colorful hair rapper, to a convicted felon.

READ: After Tekashi69 Cooperated With Authorities Against His Gang He Now Fears Spending Time In Prison

J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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J Balvin Dropped A Podcast All About His Mental Health Struggles, His Career, Relationships, And Family

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In the past J Balvin has been open about dealing with depression and anxiety.  He’s published many Instagram posts and stories about it, and he’s even written letters to his fans about it. Now, el chico de Medellin, is opening up even further. J Balvin released an 8-episode podcast all about his life, his career, his relationships and all the obstacles he’s faced, including his mental health.

The singer just released a new podcast series called “Made in Medellin” on Spotify.

In “Made in Medellin,” Balvin shares intimate details about his life, career, relationships and all the obstacles he faced while reaching for his dreams of becoming a global artist. “I know a lot about J Balvin and little about José,” he says at the start of the podcast, hinting that he’s going to take listeners on a journey to get to know the real him.

The eight-episode podcast will take fans into his personal struggle with mental health.

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Each episode focuses on a different topic and time in his life. “I dedicated myself a lot to the character,” he continues in his opening lines. “But without José, there is no J Balvin. In the end, that character is me, I can’t separate from him.” 

Fans will also get to delve deeper into the top Reggaeton artist’s personal life.

We will be let listeners in on details about his life and career through conversations with the people closest to him. His parents Alba Balvin and Álvaro Osorio are included in episodes as well as his past girlfriend of 10 years.

The Colombian singer himself narrates the never-before-told stories.

From dreaming big in Medellin, to his struggles with anxiety and depression while on tour, to the time he actually proposed marriage. Balvin is also accompanied by some of his closest friends; Andrés López “Papa” and Carlos Torres, as well as “La Mona” Osorio, who was his girlfriend for 10 years.

The podcast isn’t only about Balvin’s life and work.

Aptly titled “Made in Medellin,” the podcast is built upon the backdrop of the Colombian city of Medellín itself, with its vibrant adoption of reggaeton as the basis for his own rise to success in the first place. Balvin pays homage to some of the genre’s legends, including Daddy Yankee, Don Omar, and Wisin and Yandel. Otherwise, the episodes’ theatrics are sparse, yet thoughtfully produced — you’ll often hear a signature dembow beat thumping through, or the gentle hum of city chatter making its way to the surface.

With global hits such as “Mi Gente,” “Ay Vamos,” and “Ginza,” Balvin has taken the reggaeton movement to some of the biggest stages.

Balvin has taken his Latin flow to the biggest spheres of music, including the Tomorrowland electronic music festival in Belgium and as a headlining act at Coachella in California.

José Álvaro Osorio Balvín is a crossover king who understands the power of innovation and partnership. 

With musical roots steeped in rap, R&B, bachata, reggae, and champeta, the Colombian-born has crossed over into the world with his Latin sound and charmed listeners from every nation. How? Collaborating, innovating and creating something fresh. Do you want proof? Here it is: his growing list of chart-topping collabs with today’s hottest pop and hip-hop artists include Justin Bieber, Maroon 5, Ariana Grande, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams (he has also toured with Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull).

In 2018, Balvin snagged Spotify’s top spot with the Most Monthly Listeners Globally.

Balvin surpassed Drake’s long-held record, with over 48.1 million monthly listeners. He officially became the most popular artist on the platform that year.

“Dreams are the reason for everything I do. The reason why I get up. And the beauty of dreams is that they are infinite,” he says in the recording.

J Balvin, one of the top recording artists in the world, is readying his new album to be released in the Spring. He is also the first reggaeton artist to perform on the main stage at Coachella, leading EDM festival Tomorrowland, and the first-ever Latin artist to headline at Lollapalooza.

Fans can listen to all episodes of the “Made in Medellin” podcast here.

READ: Maluma Spills The Tea On His Relationship With J Balvin, Starring In A Movie With J Lo And What His Future Holds

A Judge Sentenced 6ix9ine To Two Years In Jail After He Implicated Gang Members

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A Judge Sentenced 6ix9ine To Two Years In Jail After He Implicated Gang Members

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I’ve seen “Law & Order” enough times to know how the judicial system works. If someone is arrested on whatever charge, the courts can quickly lower those charges if the person accused has information on other suspects with higher crimes. In other words, ‘do I have something you want, and if so, what will give you me if I give you that?’ For an example of this exchange at play, take a look at the case against 6ix9ine. 

A federal court judge has sentenced 6ix9ine to only two years in prison in exchange for information that would implicate gang members to another crime. 

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The rapper, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, has already been in jail for 13 months on charges of firearms and racketeering.  Judge Engelmayer was so impressed with the information that 6ix9ine provided that, aside from lowering his sentence, he will also be allowed time severed, which means he only has a couple of months in jail to serve. He could have served 37 years. For the 23-year-old, a 37-year sentence behind bars would have been his entire adult life. 

“Your cooperation was impressive. It was game-changing. It was complete, and it was brave,” the judge told Hernandez. It has “brought out the best in you, and you should be proud of yourself for it.”

6ix9ine was very emotional during the sentencing. He was in tears, and he also faced his biological dad for the first time since he was a little kid.

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“I know I was wrong,” the Brooklyn-based rapper told the judge, according to the New York Times. “I was weak. I was easily influenced. I can’t believe that was me. Again, your honor, there is no apology good enough.”

The other emotional moment in court came when 6ix9ine saw his biological dad in court. The man who raised him died when 6ix9ine was gunned down near his home in Brooklyn. His real dad appeared in court and wanted to speak in court, but the judge told him no. 

“It is way too late,” Judge Engelmayer said, the Times reports. “You squandered that many, many years ago.”

6ix9ine has been in and out of jail for other felony offenses, but it seems this time is trying to turn his life around. That will be a challenge since he ratted out his former gang friends. 

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A couple of months ago, 6ix9ine testified against gang members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. He explained that he began affiliating himself with Nine Trey in 2017 after the release of his single “GUMMO.” One of the men he testified against was his former bodyguard. He told the judge back then that he was tired of being extorted

However, going against any high-profile gang is risky, and some notable rappers have already called out 6ix9ine for implicating the gang members of Nine Trey. 

Aside from watching “Law & Order,” I’ve also seen “The Godfather,” and you never go against the family, even if they aren’t related to you. It’s hard to leave a gang or any high-crime organization, and some famous rappers called  6ix9ine out for being a rat. 

Rapper Meek Mill called 6ix9ine an Instagram rapper, which basically means he’s a fake gangster. Then Snoop Dogg called 6ix9ine a straight-up rat. We know 6ix9ine will go to jail for a little more before he is eventually released. We’re just concerned that things might not go well for 6ix9ine while he’s in jail. Inmates don’t take to people who snitch. 

It’s unclear if 6ix9ine will go into protective custody after he’s released, but either way, it will be hard for him to clean up his image, especially with all those tats on his face. 

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However, 6ix9ine’s career plays out, what is done is done. He may have done a positive thing for the greater good, but he may not have friends when he gets out. Make no mistake, 6ix9ine did what was right. He helped put away people who were worse criminals than he was. However, it looks as if he did it out of pure convenience — only to help himself. In the end, that is what implicating others in court is all about. But 6ix9ine better not put out some single after his release in which he is trying to pretend he is someone that he is clearly not — at least not anymore.

READ: Tekashi69 Is Facing At Least 49 Years In Prison For His Crimes But Wants The Judge To Give Him A Second Chance