Tekashi 6ix9ine contemplated suicide during his stint behind bars for his role in the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, he revealed in a new interview.
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, opened up about his jailhouse struggles in a sit-down with Fox 5 New York reporter Lisa Evers.
“The pressure is so strong,” the 24-year-old rapper said. “Mentally, I think people would have attempted suicide. At a point in jail, I thought about it. It’s so much stress, so much pressure, because you’re seeing yourself on the news every day — this, that and a third, when is this going to come to an end?”
The Bushwick, Brooklyn-born provocateur was labeled a snitch for taking the stand against his Nine Trey gang members — a move that spared him decades in prison on racketeering conspiracy and other charges.
He ultimately was sentenced to two years in federal prison, including time served, but was released 17 months later in April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ordered to serve out another four months on home confinement.
Lawyers for the “Gummo” rapper argued for his early release because he has asthma — a condition that landed him in the hospital while incarcerated.
“With the asthma and the coronavirus, I caught bronchitis once and two asthma attacks in prison,” he told Fox. “When I caught bronchitis, they sent me to the hospital and the doctor said, ‘What’s going on in that jail? Why is it so cold in that jail?’ I remember, I’m handcuffed … to the bed.”
In May, Tekashi defended singing to the feds, saying his crew turned on him by plotting to kill him, with one sleeping with the mother of his child.
He again addressed his critics in the new interview, saying testifying was the only way to survive.
“The audience understands it, the world, the public understands it, but they’ll paint it like, ‘Well, we don’t understand, this guy’s a snitch,’” he said. “But what’s the definition of a snitch? I feel like the definition of a snitch and definition of a rat is telling on your friends.”
Tekashi now rolls around the city with eight bodyguards and has been recently spotted hitching a ride on the F train without a mask on.
He told Fox that he’s in a good place “mentally” — though those close to him fear for his safety.
“God has built me so strong,” he said. “You know that saying, ‘What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger?’ So basically I feel like I’m not invincible but I feel like I’m at the peak of my mental state, where I’m just like, ‘I’ll be fine.’”
More of Tekashi’s interview is set to air Thursday.