Music by August Prum December 15, 2017
Arlington, Texas rapper Tay-K has officially signed a record deal with 88 Classic and re-released his EP #SantanaWorld with additional mastering and remixes featuring 21 Savage, Young Nudy, and Maxo Kream.
This summer, Tay-K captivated the hip-hop world with the release of the infectious “The Race”.
“The Race” was not your standard viral rap song, it was recorded while Tay-K was on the run from federal authorities for a slew of legal charges including capital murder.
The video opens with a baby-faced Tay-K (he turned 17 in June) smoking a blunt next to a wanted poster of his own face.
In an apparent stroke of marketing genius (“The Race” has almost 100 million views on YouTube), Tay-K and his team dropped “The Race” video on the same day the rapper was arrested by United States marshals in New Jersey.
Tay-K had previously been on house arrest for capital murder charges stemming from an alleged violent incident during a home invasion. While awaiting a decision on whether he would be charged as an adult, Tay-K tweeted “fuck dis house arrest shit fuck 12 they gn hav 2 catch me on hood,” cut his ankle bracelet, and thus began the race.
“The Race” is a fascinating study in the fine line between entertainment and real life. While it’s not rare for a young rapper to go viral after the release of a raw, captivating song documenting their violent environment (Chief Keef’s “Don’t Like” comes to mind) Tay-K’s “The Race” is an especially, if not terrifyingly, real song.
DO THE DASH THEN GO OUT THE WAY
— TRAVIS SCOTT (@trvisXX) August 1, 2017
Soon everyone from Lil Yachty to Tyga to Adrien Broner was remixing “The Race” as Tay-K was getting cosigns and messages of support from Travis Scott, Meek Mill, and Kodak Black.
Tay-K spoke to Desiigner from jail.
As for Tay-K’s legal case, an additional murder charge has been added to his rap sheet for an alleged incident at a Chik-Fil-A while he was on the run from authorities.
There was a brief internet rumor that Tay-K had been freed earlier this week, but that is not the case.
This is just one of those truth is stranger than fiction situations.
As Tay-K awaits trial for two capital murder charges, he’s got a record deal waiting for him if he does manage to prove his innocence.