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Rapper 6ix9ine's would-be performance in Tallahassee sparks controversy

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Posted at 6:35 PM, Nov 19, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 11:46:32-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The rapper known as Tekashi 6ix9ine, who was scheduled to perform in Tallahassee next week at The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee, has stirred up some controversy in the capital city.  

6ix9ine, whose legal name is Daniel Hernandez, was scheduled to perform in Tallahassee on Nov. 30 at The Pavilion at the Centre of Tallahassee.

Centre of Tallahassee officials say that performance has since been canceled, despite tickets still being sold on well-known websites like Ticketmaster. 

petition page was calling for the rapper's concert to be cancelled because he has been convicted on child pornography charges.

In a 2015 case in New York, 6ix9ine was sentenced to probation for his involvement in the video that was posted on social media. AP reports the video showed the girl performing a sex act on another man while 6ix9ine “stands behind the child making a thrusting motion with his pelvis and smacking her on her buttocks,” according to court documents. 

Supporters of the petition are called for the Centre of Tallahassee to cancel the event, which they claim condones the presence of someone convicted of such crimes. 

6ix9ine is not new to controversy in the hip-hop world. According to AP, he has publicly identified himself as a member of a violent gang, 9 Trey Bloods. 

AP reports he was also recently arrested on racketeering and firearms charges, meaning his Tallahassee performance could be affected. TMZ reports that the rapper's U.S. tour was canceled just before he and three other former members of his team were arrested on federal charges.