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Texas Rapper, Tay K convicted of murder

by John Ogba-Ifeakanwa

19 year old Texas rapper, Tay K has been convicted for murder and faces up to 99 years in prison. From a celebrated viral rap artist to a convicted felon the story of young Texas rapper, Tay K is indeed a sad one to hear.

The Texas rapper who had been on the run from the police was apprehended after three months, two weeks after releasing the video for his viral hit, The race. He was found guilty of murder on Friday for participating in an armed robbery back in 2016 that left a man dead.

Real name, Taymor McIntyre, popularly called Tay-K or Tay-K 47 is a teen rapper from Arlington, Texas. His father, Kevin Beverly was a member of the Baby Insane Crips gang in the Long Beach area and was imprisoned during Tay-K’s youth. His mother, was also a gang member under the Bloods.

Tay-K started his rap journey as part of the rap group Daytona Boyz alongside rappers Pimpyz and Santana Sage. After series of releases with the group, the young rapper began releasing his own music through his SoundCloud. His released songs became popular after he was  arrested on capital murder charges.

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While on the run from the police for a robbery gone wrong, Tay-K released several songs, including, The Race. The track was recorded during his stay in New Jersey and the music video, released two weeks before his capture. The song debut at number 70 and peaked at number 44 on the Hot 100 chart. It has been remixed by several rap artists including, Tyga, Lil Yachty and Fetty Wap.

The 19 year old rapper now faces between five and 99 years in prison though he was not found guilty of capital murder. That would have carried a mandatory 40 years sentence without parole. Without a witness called, the Jury began deliberating on Thursday afternoon and gave a verdict in Friday. The Tarrant County prosecutors moved immediately into the sentencing phase following Friday’s verdict and a decision is expected next week.

After Tay-K pleaded guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery, and was found guilty of a third count, his lawyers argued he should not be convicted of murder because he wasn’t the gunman. According to the prosecutors, McIntyre knew a shooting would occur when he and the others agreed to commit a robbery in hopes of finding money and drugs.

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