On Wednesday, lawyers for the “Oof” rapper, real name Daniel Hernandez, who has been in a Brooklyn federal lockup since agents busted him Sunday on suspicion the star is a member of a dangerous Bloods sect, insisted that he is just pretending to be a banger.
The feds say he and five others, including his former manager Kifano “Shotti” Jordan, sold drugs, robbed and shot people in an effort to strengthen their Nine Trey Gangsta Bloods.
But the rapper’s lawyer Lance Lazzaro said in a prepared statement he “is completely innocent” adding, “An entertainer who portrays a ‘gangster image’ to promote his music does not make him a member of an enterprise.”
On Monday, the lawyer argued for bail on similar grounds, saying that Hernandez only met his alleged co-conspirators a year earlier when they came to one of his shows and he offered them jobs, including as security and in management.
Lazzaro also argued that Tekashi, 22, was peripheral to many of the acts of violence the feds charged him with, including an April 2018 robbery where he waited in the car.
But the feds said Tekashi helped plan the robbery — and then benefited from some of the proceeds. They also said the rapper and Jordan directed other members of Nine Trey to shoot someone they felt had disrespected them, resulting in an innocent bystander getting shot.
Tekashi was denied bail.
He and his co-defendants will be arraigned this Monday before Manhattan federal Judge Paul Engelmayer. He plans to plead not guilty at that time, Lazzaro said.
The lawyer could make another bail application for Hernandez at that time, he said.