Tekashi 6ix9ine pleads guilty to drugs, weapon charges, will cooperate with prosecutors

Rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine has pleaded guilty to charges originating from his role in a violent drug-trafficking gang in New York.

Newly released court reports reveal the rapper and Instagram star, who has made headlines since his arrest in November 2018, has also agreed to cooperate with prosecutors, the New York Times reports.

The 'Gummo' hitmaker and admitted child sex offender, real name Daniel Hernandez, had been accused of carrying out armed robberies and organising shootings of rivals as part of the Nine Trey Bloods gang.

His lawyer had claimed he was "totally innocent", but according to new documents he admitted to paying a person to shoot at a rival gang member to scare him.

He also admitted the gang engaged in shooting and robbing people as well as drug trafficking. The rapper is still incarcerated and it is not yet clear how the deal will affect his prison term.

Tekashi 69's album Dummy Boy dropped on November 27 after he was imprisoned. It received mixed and negative reviews from critics, but debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart.

"Due to his recent arrest, there's a very real possibility that he will spend the rest of his life in jail. That, hopefully, will give him enough time to release a better project," NME critic Dhruva Balram wrote about the album.