Taymor Travon McIntyre, who is better known as Tay-K, is an American rapper from Texas who is best known for his viral hit song called “The Race”. This single managed to peak at number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts and reaching number 2 on Soundcloud’s top 50 chart. However, his pursuit of fame has been directly linked with his arrest in New Jersey for his involvement in a set of crimes including murder.
Taymor was born on June 16, 2000, in Long Beach, California. His father was a former member of the Blocc Compton Crips street gang in the infamous place called Compton. He too grew up to become one of the members of the Crips gang. Taymor was raised by his mother as his father was sent to prison for most part of his childhood.
Later, Taymor became a member of the rap crew called Daytona Boyz alongside Santana Sage and Pimpyz who would also be a part of the murder charges. Taymor started to perform in different parties and was starting to make a name for himself in the local arena. He has been active on Soundcloud since 2015 with the release of various songs including “Sly Cooper” and “BIFF XANNEN”.
The day that he was arrested for charges of murder was the same day that he had released the song called “The Race”. This song became a viral hit garnering thousands of plays within hours. A song he had released during a similar time called “Megaman” was also a big hit at the time. The reason why “The Race” became so popular was that it was based on his personal context and some of the crimes that he was involved in. For a user, this became a curious case that they had to known more about.
His fame was propelled when a bunch of popular artists gave him a shoutout including XXXtentacion, Lil Bibby, and Lil Yachty. After being arrested, the hashtag called #FREETAYK started to gain popularity and his song went on to get more than a 100 million views on Youtube which was a very big achievement. Following the popularity of the song, artists like Tyga, Lil Yachty, and 21 Savage remixed the song. He has now been featured in XXL’s Freshman list for 2018.
As of 2018, he had an estimated net worth of $100,000. He released a mixtape called #SantanaWorld officially on December 14, 2017 and after his association with Classic 88, it was reported that he had earned more than $600,000 from the deal. He has faced many legal issues which has had a severe impact on his net worth as there were many legal fees and fines that he had to face.
If Tay k got out of prison and could produce big hits like “”The Race” again, he might even think about releasing his own album and doing a tour, which would drastically improve his net worth in the future.
He has faced a lot of legal issues even though he is still very young. Along with six other people, he was arrested on July 2016 for capital murder charges. This case was also related with stealing drugs and taking money from a guy named Ethan Walker. Eventually, Ethan was killed in the process from a gunshot. He was on house arrest. But, even more drama would be created when he decided to cut off his ankle monitor and fly to Texas. He even tweeted saying that the police would have to come to catch him. This is when he recorded the song called “The Race”. However, he was eventually captured by the U.S. Marshall Service.
Recently, there were rumors circulating in the internet that he was going to face the death penalty. This became a topic of hot debate as this rumor suggested that Dimitrious Pagourtzis, another suspect would not face the death penalty whilst Taymor would. However, his manager later sent a message via Instagram saying that he was not to get this penalty.