New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine might low-key be a marketing genius with no limits. New reports claim the jailed hip-hop star might have staged his now-infamous summer 2018 kidnapping.

According to a defense attorney for one of the accused kidnappers, 6ix9ine used the incident for major promotion.

“No robbery or kidnapping or assault happened,” said Devereaux Cannick, the defense attorney for alleged rapper-snatcher Anthony Ellison. “He was about to drop another album…gotta get that buzz up. That’s how he makes money. ”The comments came after Manhattan federal court judge Paul Engelmeyer moved the trial for Ellison, who’s pleaded not guilty, and his alleged accomplice and fellow Nine Trey Gangsta Blood Aljermiah Mack back to Sept. 16. (Page Six)

The attorney also believes a government wire will also soon expose the truth.

Ellison, known as “Harv” among the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods, is accused of the crime. Ellison and Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack are the only two men in Tekashi’s federal racketeering case that have pleaded not guilty, and they will both go to trial for the case on Sept. 16. Recently filed court documents suggest that 6ix9ine will testify against them. Connick also claims that the car used to kidnap 6ix9ine was wired by the government ahead of time, which would mean the whole encounter was recorded. (XXL Mag)

Earlier this year, Hot 97 radio veteran Funk Flex weighed in on 6ix9ine possibly using the kidnapping as reason enough to work with law enforcement.

Last November, federal agents made a huge bust in the July 2018 kidnapping case.

Federal agents arrested Anthony Jamel Ellison a week ago on a federal warrant. According to docs, obtained by TMZ, a grand jury indicted Ellison on 1 count of conspiracy to obstruct commerce by robbery, 1 count of obstructing commerce by robbery … and 1 count of carrying a firearm to commit a crime. Ellison was hauled into jail on Nov. 6, and remains in a federal prison in Manhattan, awaiting trial. He pled not guilty to all charges. (TMZ)