Tay-K’s accomplished another milestone in his short career after achieving Platinum RIAA certification for his viral hit song “The Race.”
The controversial song was certified platinum a little over six months after it dropped in late June.
Tay-K signed a recording contract with 88 Classic in December.
88 Classic is a label distributed under RCA Records. XXL Magazine reports Tay-K is “signed solely to the independent venture 88 Classic.”
88 Classic is owned by J Grand who is the senior Vice President of A&R and Marketing at RCA Records.
Tay-K’s owes his music career success to dropping a music video to “The Race” while on the run.
Tay-K has uphill battle to face when it comes to his legal woes. He is facing two capital murder charges in addition to an aggravated murder charge.
Tay-K’s second capital murder charge stems from the April 23 fatal shooting of 23-year-old Mark Anthony Saldivar in San Antonio.
The fatal shooting – captured on surveillance – reportedly occurred at a North Side Chik-fil-A at 27 Northeast Loop 410.
Tay-K’s role in the shooting was initially not clear. But Tay-K wasn’t named as the shooter in the crime, according to the police report obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
Witnesses reportedly saw three people arguing in the back of a black SUV on the Loop 410 access road and someone in the front passenger seat pointed a gun at Saldivar, according to the police report. Saldivar got out of the car and started yelling for help, then stood in front of the SUV. The driver accelerated at Saldivar, but Saldivar held onto the SUV as it swerved, then jumped onto the vehicle after it pulled into the Chik-fil-A parking lot and began kicking the windshield.
The front passenger stepped out of the car, shot Saldivar once, and the four occupants, which included Tay-K, drove off. The identities of the other three suspects are not known at this time.
Police found Saldivar’s body in the restaurant’s parking lot with loose marijuana in his mouth and a bag of the drug underneath him.
Tay-K is accused of being involved in the crime while on the run. Tay-K was placed on house arrest for his role in a deadly home invasion robbery in July 2016. He cut off his ankle monitor in March and remained a fugitive until he was finally captured in late June in New Jersey.
Tay-K can face a possible death penalty for that charge as well.
Tay-K has yet to be officially charged in that case. The “The Race” rapper, however, has been officially certified to stand trial as an adult on charges of capital murder and aggravated robbery.
Tay-K’s first capital murder charge stems from the July 26, 2016 home invasion robbery and murder of Ethan Walker in Mansfield, TX. He was one of seven people charged in connection with the robbery and slaying.
Tay-K’s aggravated robbery charge stems from the alleged beating of an elderly man. Tay-K is accused of brutally beating 65-year-old Skip Pepe near his home Thursday, May 25 after 11 a.m. in Arlington, TX, NBC 5 reports.
Pepe was walking through the Cravens Park when Tay-K allegedly approached him from behind.
Tay-K’s attorney Trent Loftin believes the “Megaman” rapper will be cleared of all charges.
He issued a statement to the press following the rapper’s hearing where a judge certified him as an adult in the cases:
“We just concluded the ‘certification transfer’ hearing for Mr. McIntyre. The judge has ruled that his case should [be] moved to the adult court based on his age (and the fact that the juvenile court will lack jurisdiction soon). The judge was very clear to tell Mr. McIntyre on the record that this decision has no bearing whatsoever of his guilt/innocence in this case. After a full day hearing with numerous officers testifying under oath, officers testified there was no evidence that Mr. McIntyre engaged in any of the violent act or possessed any weapons. Mr. McIntyre remains upbeat after this hearing. I believe once all of the evidence is presented, Mr. McIntyre will be exonerated on all of the charges. We look forward to moving ahead.”