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Brooklyn rapper 6ix9ine indicted on racketeering charges

6ix9ine has been one of the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months, topping the charts while having run-ins with law enforcement.

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine performs during Fashion Week in

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine performs during Fashion Week in Milan, Italy, on Sept. 21. Photo Credit: AP/Luca Bruno

The rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine was in federal custody Monday awaiting a Manhattan court appearance.

The Brooklyn-based rapper, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was among four people arrested on racketeering and firearms charges.

An attorney who has previously represented Hernandez did not immediately respond to an email seeking comment Monday.

The authorities also arrested three of Hernandez's former associates, Kifano "Shotti" Jordan, Jensel "Ish" Butler and Faheem "Crippy" Walter. It is unclear whether they had defense attorneys.

6ix9ine has been one of the most ascendant and controversial names in hip-hop in recent months. His album "Day69: Graduation Day" was among the top records on iTunes following its February release.

He is also known for the multiplatinum hit "Fefe" with Nicki Minaj, which peaked at No. 3 on the pop charts, and "Stoopid," featuring the incarcerated rapper Bobby Shmurda.

But 6ix9ine also has had a series of run-ins with law enforcement and has publicly identified himself as a member of a violent New York gang, 9 Trey Bloods.

The 22-year-old recently pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Brooklyn Criminal Court in connection with a May traffic stop.

In a 2015 case in New York, 6ix9ine was sentenced to probation for his involvement in a sexually explicit video of a 13-year-old girl.

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