Despite serving a 55-year prison sentence for murder, Tay-K’s 2017 hit single ‘The Race’ has reached a significant streaming milestone. ‘The Race’ reached number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and received platinum certification from the RIAA in 2018. The song’s lyrics detail crimes committed by the rapper, which was later used against him during his 2019 trial.
Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor Travon McIntyre, recorded and released ‘The Race’ while he was on the run from police. He went on to commit another murder and various other crimes before being apprehended in Elizabeth, New Jersey in June 2017. In 2019, Tay-K was found guilty of murder in connection to a home invasion that resulted in the death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker. He received a sentence of 55 years for murder, 30 years for aggravated robbery, and two 13-year prison sentences for additional counts of aggravated robbery.
Despite his incarceration, the 22-year-old rapper recently shared tweets asking for a “second chance at adulthood” and believes that he should have been charged as a juvenile, suggesting that his race played a role in the lengthy sentence he received. ‘The Race’ continues to be a popular streaming hit, demonstrating the enduring popularity of Tay-K’s music.