Tekashi69 pleaded not guilty Monday in his gang racketeering and firearms case that could land him in prison for life.
The 22-year-old platinum-selling rap artist with rainbow hair and tattoos on his face appeared in federal court in Manhattan and received a trial date of Sept. 4, TMZ reported.
Prosecutors claim Tekashi was part of a criminal conspiracy that ordered robberies and shootings of rivals to maintain the status of the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, was charged along with five others in a sweeping indictment unsealed last week. If convicted, the minimum sentence he faces is 32 years in prison.
The feds claims Tekashi “wreaked havoc” on New York City along with his ex-manager, Kifano (Shotti) Jordan, Jensel (Ish) Butler, Faheem (Crippy) Walter, Fuguan (Fu Banga) Lovick and Jamel (Mel Murda) Jones.
The indictment claims that on April 3, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler and Walter robbed rivals at gunpoint in the lobby of a building at 40th St. and Eighth Ave.
Tekashi was allegedly sitting in an SUV filming the robbery.
On April 21, Lovick allegedly fired one shot inside the Barclays Center, according to the indictment. Manhattan prosecutors have said the incident during a boxing match stemmed from Tekashi’s beef with the rapper Cassanova.
On July 16, Tekashi, Jordan, Butler and Walter allegedly conspired to kill “an individual who had shown disrespect to Nine Trey.”
The plan didn’t work. Authorities said around 20 shots were fired at a cookout near Fulton St. and Utica Ave., and an innocent bystander was shot at in the foot.