Last month, Tay-K was found guilty of a “lesser included offense of murder” for his role in the 2016 shooting death of 21-year-old Ethan Walker. Although the teen rapper wasn’t the triggerman, prosecutors said he recruited the shooter and organized the robbery that led to Walker’s death.
Tay-K, whose real name is Taymor McIntyre, was also sentenced to 30 years in prison for one count of aggravated robbery and 13 years each for two other counts of aggravated robbery. He will serve those three concurrently with his sentence for murder.
In 2017, Tay-K’s song “The Race” went viral and made its way onto the Billboard Hot 100 chart. But the track’s success made for a disturbing trend due to the real life backstory.
On the song, Tay-K famously rapped, “Fuck a beat, I was tryna beat a case/But I ain’t beat that case, bitch, I did the race.” The line was a reference to him cutting off his ankle monitor and going on the lam after being put on house arrest for Walker’s murder. During his time on the run, Tay-K became the suspect in another murder and allegedly beat up a 65-year-old man.
Tay-K is still facing a capital murder charge for allegedly killing 23-year-old Mark Saldivar in 2017. Prosecutors are seeking to try him as an adult despite him being 16 years old at the time of the crime.