TIA: Texas rapper Tay-K has been sentenced
to a total of 55 years after being found guilty
of murder and three counts of aggravated robbery
stemming from a 2016 home invasion in Tarrant
TIA: His sentencing comes a week after the
19-year-old pled guilty to two counts of aggravated
robbery but not guilty to capital murder,
stemming from the death of 21-year-old Ethan
JURY: We the jury find the defendant, Taymor Travon McIntyre guilty of the offense of murder.
TIA: On July 19th, Tay-K was found not guilty
on a capital murder charge that carried a
mandatory prison sentence of 40 years, but
*was still found guilty* of murder and robbery
and sentenced on July 23rd.
TIA: Tay-K’s sentencing comes two years
after he first blew up in mid-2017 with his
track, “The Race.”
The song quickly went viral online, sparked
a number of remixes, peaked at #44 on the
Billboard Hot 100 chart, and even went platinum.
TIA: The track was recorded after Tay-K cut
off his ankle monitor while under house arrest
pending his trial and ran from the cops.
And after he was caught, he released his project
TIA: “The Race” remained popular after
Tay-K’s arrest, both as a catchy track and
as a meme.
The following year, he was still releasing
tracks like “After You,” and his BlocBoy
JB collaboration “Hard.”
TIA: But in the lead up to and duration of
his highly publicized trial, many fans wondered
just how his lyrics, which literally talked
about running from the law, might play out
in the courtroom. Since copies of ‘The Race’s’ lyrics were reportedly given to the jury.
ANDREA: It might be that the song is used
to show that, look he knew he’d been charged.
He was on house arrest.
He cut off his ankle monitor, fled the jurisdiction,
and look this song indicates he thought he
TIA: That’s Professor Andrea Dennis, a law
professor at the University of Georgia and
the author of a 2007 study on the use of hip-hop
lyrics in court cases.
TIA: Genius spoke to Professor Dennis back
in October 2018 about how a rapper’s lyrics
may come back to haunt them in the courtroom.
ANDREA: The song is about being on the run
after being charged with multiple crimes, and if
you look at the lyrics … a literal, simplistic
translation might suggest that he tried to
beat a case, but he didn’t, so he fled the
TIA: As it stands, Tay-K is still facing another
robbery charge and another murder charge for
his alleged involvement in two separate incidents
in 2017 while still on the run from police.
TIA: I’m Tia with Genius News bringing you
the meaning and the knowledge behind the music.