Tekashi 6ix9ine Leaves Instagram Over Safety Concerns

Tekashi 6ix9ine’s world continues to turn since being freed from prison on April 2. His attorneys expressed concerns for his health in light of COVID-19 which led to an early release, but they had other reasons to worry.

As a government witness, some viewed him as a snitch, and Tekashi’s legal team wasn’t sure how protected the rapper would be once out in the free world. He made a few missteps, but his latest social media move has some 6ix9ine fans scratching their heads. What happened?

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Tekashi 6ix9ine had to be relocated due to leak

In April, the judge placed Tekashi 6ix9ine on house confinement in an undisclosed location. This didn’t stop the rapper from making music, trolling, or posting on social media.

It should be noted that upon his release, the judge permitted Tekashi 6ix9ine to film videos in his yard for two hours per week.

Back in May, one of his neighbors — a young girl — caught wind that he lived close to her and shared a video of him on his balcony online. After this security breach, he had to move from the once-secret location. With the government in the loop, he relocated to a different house after being outed.

Tekashi 6ix9ine temporarily leaves social media

Since he’s been out, Tekashi 6ix9ine released videos for “GOOBA” and “Trollz” (featuring Nicki Minaj), which were both filmed from a new, confidential address.

He’s engaged in feuds with other rappers such as Snoop Dogg and Meek Mill, and it’s assumed that his enemies have been keeping tabs on his words and actions. That includes what he says on Instagram Live.

With that in mind, he is taking a temporary hiatus from social media. He deactivated — not deleted — his Instagram and Twitter accounts. Complex spoke with one of Tekashi 6ix9ine’s attorneys, Lance Lazzaro, who explained why they advised him to do so.

His home confinement aspect ends on July 31, so we thought out of an abundance of caution that he should deactivate all of his social media accounts and just keep a low profile until his home confinement is finished, just to make sure that nothing is leaked, where any gang members would figure out his location or anything to that effect. So we just thought, out of an abundance of caution, these last two weeks before the home confinement aspect ends, that he should just stay away from social media.

The rapper has plans for public appearances, new music

A sign that his life won’t be the same for the foreseeable future, there is a team of security experts assigned to protect Tekashi 6ix9ine. Lazzaro also told Complex that once house arrest is over, his client will probably step out in public.

“He’s got a security team made up of former FBI agents and NYPD detectives, so he’s going to be well-protected when he does step out into the public eye, and he does plan on doing that.”

As for new music, Tekashi fans can expect more sooner than later. He’s aiming to drop an entire album sometime in August.

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