The federal judge overseeing the trial of two accused Nine Trey Bloods gangsters is no fan of Tekashi69′s music.
Judge Paul Engelmayer ruled Wednesday that prosecutors may only show portions of three Tekashi music videos — “BILLY,” “GUMMO” and “KOODA” —that will be edited to omit “rank misogyny.”
“I will exclude the portions… that contain irrelevant misogyny,” Engelmayer said, ruling that those lyrics could lead jurors to discredit the Brooklyn-born rapper’s testimony as a government witness. Tekashi has pleaded guilty to nine gun, racketeering and drug charges and is cooperating with the feds in the hopes of scoring a lenient sentence.
The judge ruled that other parts of the videos are relevant to the case because they serve as a “public display” of the Nine Trey Bloods’ inner workings. Still, Engelmayer was peeved that the government ever intended to show a jury the rowdy music videos in their entirety.
“I cannot imagine that under close review the government would ask the court to admit these 19 (misogynistic) lines,” he said, referring to lyrics from “BILLY.”
Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez, will be the government’s star witness in the trial of accused Nine Trey gangsters Anthony “Harv” Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack.
Ellison is accused of kidnapping Tekashi along with racketeering and gun charges. Mack is charged with narcotics trafficking and racketeering.
Ellison attorney Deveraux Cannick has said he will attack the rainbow-haired rapper’s credibility by highlighting his online antics as a trash-talking troll who “fabricated” key episodes in the case. But in a defeat for the defense, Engelmayer ruled Tekashi could not be questioned in detail about his 2015 conviction for a sex crime involving three vile videos involving a 13-year-old girl and other men.
The judge was still getting a grasp on Tekashi’s lingo less than two weeks before the first day of trial. “The court understands the term ‘blicky’ to refer to a gun,” he said.
Engelmayer also asked if he should refer to Tekashi as a “rap musician.”
Cannick suggested “rap artist.”
“Raises the age old question of ‘what is art?’” Engelmayer quipped.