Snitch rapper Tekashi69’s gang pal Kintea ‘Kooda B’ McKenzie has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for his role in a shooting incident targeting rival rapper Chief Keef.
McKenzie, 29, previously pleaded guilty to the June 2018 shooting outside the W Hotel near Manhattan’s Times Square, in which bullets flew but nobody was injured.
At sentencing on Tuesday, Judge Paul Engelmayer blasted McKenzie for securing release from federal holding by claiming to be at high risk for COVID-19 due to asthma, but then celebrating his freedom by partying in a cramped apartment.
‘You had lied to me when you said you were concerned about the coronavirus,’ said Engelmayer, accusing McKenzie of ‘doing everything possible to contract coronavirus,’ according to the New York Daily News.
Officials said Tekashi implicated Kintea McKenzie (L), also known as Kooda B, as one of two gunmen involved in the botched shooting attempt at Chief Keef in June 2018
Tekashi (left) shot to fame in part through his public feuds with Chief Keef (right), a prominent Chicago rapper and reputed member of the Black Disciples gang
‘You were essentially celebrating pulling one over on the court to secure your release,’ said Engelmayer, referring to video obtained by police that showed McKenzie partying in his Brooklyn apartment.
In June, McKenzie admitted to accepting Tekashi69’s $20,000 offer to orchestrate the shooting. Ultimately, McKenzie was paid only $10,000.
Chief Keef, whose real name is Keith Cozart, was not injured, and left the scene before cops arrived.
McKenzie and Tekashi, whose whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, were among 11 people charged in a bust of alleged Nine Trey Bloods gang members.
Hernandez flipped on the other defendants and cooperated with the feds, earning himself a light two-year sentence.
He was released early in April after Judge Engelmayer determined that he also had asthma that put him at risk in the pandemic. Hernandez finished his house arrest in August and released his second studio album, TattleTales, last month.
McKenzie, 29, previously pleaded guilty to orchestrating the June 2018 shooting outside the W Hotel near Manhattan’s Times Square (above)
Hernandez shot to fame in part through his public feuds with Cozart, a prominent Chicago rapper and reputed member of the Black Disciples gang.
McKenzie is the final person to be sentenced in the FBI takedown of the Nine Treys.
He was released from Metropolitan Correctional Center on house arrest on March 30 after he claimed his asthma put him at heightened risk of coronavirus.
But he landed in hot water with Judge Engelmayer after an informant sent the NYPD video of him partying in his apartment, where men were seen smoking pot and referring to themselves as Bloods.
In an order, Engelmayer wrote that McKenzie had ‘mocked the efforts of other high-risk inmates in the MCC and elsewhere who without ulterior motives are today desperately seeking release from jail to reduce their risk of contracting this virulent disease that has killed thousands.’
McKenzie (above) is the final person to be sentenced in the FBI takedown of the Nine Treys
The judge warned that McKenzie’s hi-jinks could spur him to consider a longer sentence than the four to five years specified in his plea agreement. However, the judge stuck to that range at Tuesday’s sentencing.
McKenzie told the court at sentencing that he had been led astray by his famous friend, who named his hit song KOODA after McKenzie.
‘I allowed myself to look up and listen to someone with more success and fame,’ McKenzie said in a letter to the court, the Daily News reported. ‘I thought he was a good friend. I was excited he named a song after me.’
Engelmayer blasted the rapper for taking part in the shooting targeting Cozart.
‘You could have said no, you could have taken a pass, but you were all in,’ Engelmayer said. ‘You lined up a hitman.’
THE RISE AND FALL OF TEKASHI 69, FROM AN ECCENTRIC INSTAGRAM STAR TO GANGSTERS’ PET BEFORE HE LOST IT ALL AS A GOVERNMENT ‘SNITCH’
Tekashi as a teenager
Tekashi 69 grew up in Bushwick, Brooklyn, and dropped out of school after the 8th grade, he says to help his mother pay rent after the death of his father when he was 13.
In an interview about his childhood in 2017, he told the No Jumper podcast: ‘My pops died in eighth grade, and I just started bugging in school. was 13. I was waiting for my pops to come back home, and he never came.’
He started working and eventually turned to selling drugs to make money. Soon afterwards, he adopted his alter ego that was based on his obsession with Japanese culture.
Tekashi69 was born and he began chronicling his life on social media. After amassing 15million Instagram followers, he started rapping.
In court, he described his persona as one of a ‘scumbag’. He has the numbers 69 tattooed hundreds of times across his body – including on his face – and frequently refers to its sexual connotations.
In photos, he posed with guns, money, drugs and alcohol.
All of it was for ‘shock value’, he told the court, and he is in fact ‘Danny, a nice kid from Brooklyn.’
In court, he said his rap career began when someone told him he looked ‘cool’.
‘At the store I was working in, Stay Fresh Grill, there was a guy by the name Peter Rogers always, always coming in there, buying things like tilapia, peanuts, stuff like that.
‘He asked me if I, if I made music, if I rap. I was like,
‘No. And he was like: Well, you got the image for it. You look cool. I was like, you know, I took it into consideration, and we started making music with the guy,’ he said.
LEGAL WOES BEGIN
The rapper was arrested first in 2015 for taking part in the production and dissemination of a sex tape involving a 13-year-old girl.
He was not the man who had sex with her, and was given a probation sentence for his role because he had shown ‘remorse’.
Tekashi 69 first built his fan base then turned to music after harvesting a following of 14.4million on Instagram
The sentencing occurred in October 2018. He had already been arrested while awaiting sentencing for it for assault and for driving without a license.
In November that year, federal prosecutors who had been investigating the Nine Trey gang charged Tekashi in their indictment.
He was put in jail and, the next day, made a deal with prosecutors to inform on the others charged in exchange for leniency.
Before his troubles with the law, Tekashi had found some success with his expletive-laden rap songs Stoopid and Dummy.
THE CASE AGAINST THE NINE TREY GANGSTA BLOODS
Tekashi was one of five people charged by federal prosecutors in a November 2018 indictment.
An additional six were later charged. In total, 11 were arrested and charged as part of the case.
All but two pleaded guilty to a variety of crimes including racketeering, drugs offenses and firearms offenses.
Tekashi said he and his entourage were at Barclays to watch an Adrien Broner fight when they ran into Casanova’s crew in a tunnel under the venue and a brawl broke out
Some have been sentenced and some, like Tekashi, are waiting for their sentenced.
It is unclear if any of the other defendants cut deals like he did to win leniency for themselves.
Tekashi posing with an assault rifle
The 11 charged were; Jamel Jones aka Mel Murda, Kifano Jordan aka Shotti, Jensel Butler aka Ish, Daniel Hernandez aka Tekashi 69, Fuguan Lovick aka Fu Banga, Faheem Walter aka Crippy, Dernard Butler, aka Drama, Kintea McKenzie aka Kooda B, Roland Martin aka Roe Murda, Anthony Ellison aka Harv and Aljermiah Mack aka Nuke.
Mack and Ellison are the only two who did not plead guilty. Their trial is where Tekashi testified.
According to prosecutors’ indictment, they were all part of the violent Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods and committed, among other things, murder, robberies and drug trafficking.
‘This gang…wreaked havoc on New York City, engaging in brazen acts of violence.
‘Showing reckless indifference to others’ safety, members of the gang were allegedly involved in robberies and shootings, including a shooting inside the crowded Barclay’s Center, and a shooting in which an innocent bystander was hit,’ U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman said in November last year.
THE TRIAL AND TESKASHI’S TESTIMONY
The trial began in September with Tekashi serving as the state’s primary witness.
Over three days, he let rip on former gang mates.
On the first day of his testimony, he identified both defendants as members of the gang and said that while he was a part of it, he’d never shot anyone.
‘We participated in a lot of crimes. Robberies, assaults, drugs,’ he said on the first day.
Anthony ‘Harv’ Ellison (left) and Aljermiah ‘Nuke’ Mack (right) were found guilty of racketeering and firearm charges
He said he believed they kept him around as a witness to what they were allegedly doing because he was rich and famous.
‘That’s what people liked. It was just a formula, a blueprint that I found that worked,’ he said.
SOME OF TEKASHI’S TESTIMONY
Mr. Hernandez, I’m going to ask you some questions about the lyrics of ‘Gummo.’ Beginning with the first line, there’s a reference to a word ‘blicky.’ What is blicky?
Blicky is another word for gun.
And on the second line, there’s the phrase in the middle ‘drum it holds 50.’ What is that in reference to?
Drum is an attachment that you have to a gun, carries extra clips, bullets.
Turning to the second stanza, second line of the second stanza, there’s a line there, ‘in the hood with them Billy N-word and them Hoover N-word.’ What is that in reference to?
Me stating who I’m around.
And what is Billy?
Billy’s Nine Trey.
On day two, he went further. At times he impersonated some of the other gang members as he recalled conversations he’d had with them, speaking so frantically and becoming so easily distracted that he had to be refocused by attorneys.
He translated street slang for the jury and listed the senior leadership of the gang by name without hesitation.
He also described being kidnapped by Ellison, one of the defendants, during a gang dispute over who would help run his career.
‘I had mad thoughts going through my head,’ he said. He claimed he was being ‘extorted’ by the gang and that he turned on them because of it.
The defense attorneys questioned his version of the story, particularly when he said he escaped by jumping out of a moving car and into another, begging to be whisked away to safety.
The final day of his testimony was perhaps the most shocking.
It was then that he named Cardi B and Jim Jones as other members of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
He had been asked if he joined the gang to further his career and answered ‘yes’.
Lawyers then asked him if he ‘knew’ that Cardi B had also been in the gang. He replied ‘yes’ but said he did not pay attention to her career.
Cardi denied his allegations on Twitter, saying she had never been part of that gang but that she was part of ‘Brim’.
He also implicated Jim Jones, another rapper, by identifying his voice while being played a recording of a conversation.
HOW HIP HOP REACTED
Since he testified against his former colleagues, shocked rappers have been quick to distance themselves from Tekashi and to undermine his position in the industry.
Many have described him as a ‘hungry’ internet star who clung to fame.
Snoop Dogg described him as a ‘rat’ and compared him to Martha Stewart, his unlikely co-host on a VH1 cooking show.
‘As we watch Tekashi 69 (or whatever his name is) snitch on EVERYBODY, I invite you all to remember Martha Stewart snitched on NOT ONE soul during her trial.
‘Baby girl kept it 10 toes down and ate that prison sentence by herself, like the true baddie she is,’ read a meme he posted.
He captioned it: ‘That’s my M. F. Home girl…solid as a rocc’ (sic).
Stewart was jailed for five months for charges relating to insider trading in 2004.
Cardi hits back: Although Cardi’s rep denied her affiliation to the Bloods, the Bronx rapper took to Twitter to say otherwise in a since-deleted post writing: ‘You just said it yourself…Brim not 9 Trey. I never been 9 trey or associated with them’
She also liked this tweet saying Cardi B was affiliation with the Brim Bloods, not the 9 Trey crew Tekashi ran with