Taymor McIntyre, a.k.a. Tay-K,  is currently facing two separate capital murder charges. In 2016, a robbery left Ethan Walker, a 21-year-old Mansfield, Texas man dead. A year later, another robbery in San Antonio killed Mark Anthony Saldivar. McIntyre infamously cut off his ankle bracelet and went on the run after being faced with the threat of capital murder charges. The 18-year-old rapper dropped “The Race” the same day he was apprehended in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and it quickly went viral.  

Unsurprisingly, Tay-K’s legal woes have stalled music career. In August, the rapper was “indicted by a grand jury for allegedly having a cell phone in jail,” reports the Star-Telegram. Multiple accomplices in the Mansfield murder have either plead guilty or agreed to testify against co-defendants.

The whirlwind surrounding Tay-K obscures the fact that he has a knack for the type of aggressive songs that launched Chief Keef into the national consciousness. “Mega Man” and “Murder She Wrote” have the same intangible quality that makes “The Race” so enthralling. Unfortunately, there is the genuine possibility that McIntyre will never fulfill his musical potential.