New York rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine doesn’t want to die behind bars. The hip-hop star has reportedly requested to get out of prison earlier than expected out of fear he might die from catching the coronavirus.

Big Facts

According to reports, 6ix9ine believes he has a better shot at avoiding coronavirus outside of prison than remaining there. His health conditions have him concerned about surviving locked up.

6ix9ine’s attorney, Lance Lazzaro, wrote a letter to the judge Sunday night citing serious concerns for Tekashi’s wellbeing behind bars. Lazzaro says Tekashi suffers from asthma — making catching coronavirus that much more serious — and he wants him out ASAP. In the letter — obtained by TMZ — Lazzaro also reveals Tekashi was diagnosed with bronchitis and sinusitis late last year and was hospitalized for treatment. (TMZ)

High-Key Details

According to reports, 6ix9ine will become a free man in early August. The jailed rap artist’s legal representative recently said his good behavior ultimately contributed to the early release rollout.

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine is scheduled to get out of federal prison in August after behaving like a “model prisoner” behind bars, a report said Monday. The 23-year-old rapper-turned-government-witness — who is serving out his time in an unspecified private jail for safety reasons — has a release date of Aug. 2, according to the Bureau of Prisons Inmate Locator. One of his attorneys, Dawn Florio, told Complex: “The reason why he’s getting released early is because he’s the perfect model prisoner.” (Page Six)

Wait, There’s More

Despite landing behind bars on federal charges, 6ix9ine ultimately cooperated with prosecutors. His decision to help the feds eventually landed him a reduced prison sentence.

Hernandez was facing 37 years to life on federal racketeering charges, but his sentence was reduced to two years in prison plus five years of supervised probation in December 2019 in a dramatic trial that included the interruption of Hernandez’s alleged father, whom he claimed he hadn’t seen since the third grade. The reduced sentence came as a result of his cooperation with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a case against the Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods. (Rolling Stone)

Before You Go

The rap star has remained behind bars since November 2018. Tek’s federal charges included drug racketeering.

6ix9ine was arrested in November 2018 on federal racketeering and firearms charges. In February of 2019, he pled guilty to nine counts in the federal case—including charges of racketeering conspiracy, multiple firearms offenses, and narcotics trafficking. The rapper began cooperating with prosecutors almost immediately after his arrest, subsequently testifying against alleged Nine Trey Gangsta Blood members Aljermiah “Nuke” Mack and Anthony “Harv” Ellison. Mack was eventually found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and conspiring to distribute narcotics; Ellison was found guilty of racketeering conspiracy and kidnapping 6ix9ine. (Pitchfork)