Texas prosecutors claim incarcerated rapper Tay-K 47 attempted to form a criminal organization inside Tarrant County jail.
According to court documents obtained by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the 18-year-old allegedly drafted a set of rules for a gang he called "Rug-Rats." The rules, or "Laws of Power," prohibited members from "snitching if caught in illegal activities," stealing from fellow Rug-Rats, disobeying a higher-ranking member, or harming children "unless necessary." Tay-K also broke down the structure of the organization, which included sergeants, lieutenants, generals, and troops.
"Love, respect, protect and cherish your fellow Rug-Rat always,” the final Law of Power reads.
Though the name "Rug-Rat" is commonly associated with the 1990s Nickeldeon cartoon, it is also a reference to Tay-K's record "Saran Pack," in which he raps: "B**ch I'm a rugrat, I don't know how to love back."
The gang allegations were just one of 27 acts detailed in court documents that offered evidence of Tay-K's alleged wrongdoings. Prosecutors also pointed to the rapper's purported assault on a fellow inmate, his alleged marijuana use, as well as the criminal charges for which he is currently awaiting trial. Tay-K—legal name Taymor Travon McIntyre—is accused of murdering 21-year-old Ethan Walker in 2016 and 23-year-old Mark Anthony Saldivar in 2017. Though he will be tried as an adult, his manager Ezra Averill said the rapper will not face the death penalty.