Recently incarcerated rapper Tekashi 6ix9ine attempted to give a six-figure check to an organization helping feed hungry children, but his good deed was quickly rebuffed.
According to TMZ, Tekashi, who was recently released from prison to home confinement, made roughly $2 million in merchandise sales last week while promoting his new song Gooba. On Tuesday, he tried to give 10 percent of the proceeds to No Kid Hungry, a nonprofit organization that helps feed children who've lost access to school meals because of Covid-19.
"During this pandemic I understand we have nurses and frontline Hero's who risk there [sic] life daily to save others. But NEVER forget the children & families who depend on OUR PUBLIC schools for daily meals and nutritions to keep our future leaders growing to their best potential," he wrote on Instagram in a since-deleted post.
Not long after the rapper made his plans and his charity of choice known, No Kid Hungry declined his money, essentially saying it didn't want to be affiliated with Tekashi, whose real name is Daniel Hernandez.
"We are grateful for Mr. Hernandez's generous offer to donate to No Kid Hungry but we have informed his representatives that we have declined this donation," the organization said in a statement. "As a child-focused campaign, it is our policy to decline funding from donors whose activities do not align with our mission and values."
Tekashi fired back at the organization, claiming it was hurting children.
"@nokidhungry rather take food out the mouth of these innocent children," he wrote on Instagram, adding, "I never seen something so cruel."
The Instagram post has since been deleted.
In December 2019, the rainbow-haired rapper was sentenced to two years in prison (with credit for time served) after he pleaded guilty to nine racketeering charges for gang-related activity. His sentence was drastically reduced due to his testimony for the government against his former gang associates. In April 2020, he was released early to home confinement due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Since then, he has reportedly bought "a fleet of luxury vehicles" and several massively expensive jewelry pieces.