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Taymor Travon McIntyre (born June 16, 2000), better known as Tay-K, is an American rapper, songwriter and convicted murderer. He is best known for his hit song "The Race", which reached number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and was certified platinum by the RIAA in January 2018. The song went viral following his arrest in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after a nationwide manhunt for murder.

Birth nameTaymor Travon McIntyre
Also known asTay-K 47[1]
Born (2000-06-16) June 16, 2000 (age 19)
Long Beach, California, U.S.
OriginArlington, Texas, U.S.
Years active2014–2019[3]
Labels88 Classic
Associated acts
Criminal statusIncarcerated
  • 3 × aggravated robbery (July 2019)
  • Murder (July 2019)
Criminal charge
  • 4 × aggravated robbery
  • 2 × capital murder
  • Possession of a prohibited item in a correctional facility
Penalty55 years and $21,000 fine
Date apprehended
June 2017

McIntyre was captured by U.S. marshals on June 30, 2017, the same day "The Race" was released, in Elizabeth, New Jersey, after a total of three months on the run. After being extradited back to Texas for his crimes, McIntyre started to receive support from his fans on social media.[4] While being held at Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth, Texas, Tay-K’s management team released his debut mixtape, Santana World, on July 29, 2017, and it received a generally positive response from critics and fans. On March 19, 2018, his song "Hard", featuring Blocboy JB, was released via hip hop-oriented record label No Jumper Records. In July 2019, McIntyre pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery, but not to capital murder, in the 2016 home invasion and robbery that left 21-year-old Ethan Walker dead. He was found guilty of the lesser charge of "murder" by the jury, for which he was sentenced to 55 years in prison. He will have to serve at least 27 years before being eligible for parole.

Early life

Taymor Travon McIntyre was born on June 16, 2000, in Long Beach, California. His father, Kevin Beverly,[5] who was born in Compton, California, and later moved to Hampton, Virginia, was a member of the Baby Insane Crips gang in the Long Beach area. Beverly was imprisoned during McIntyre's youth. McIntyre’s mother, who was also a gang member under the Crips, moved him and his sister to Las Vegas, Nevada, when he was eight years old.[6] When McIntyre's father was released from prison, he moved the family to Arlington, Texas, in search of a better environment. McIntyre attended Martin High School and before that he attended Young Junior High School, both located in Arlington. [7]


McIntyre started his rap career as part of the rap group Daytona Boyz alongside rappers Pimpyz and Santana Sage.[7] The group released their first track "Drift" on audio distribution platform SoundCloud in December 2014.[8] The group released a series of songs, barely getting attention as they performed at various parties attempting to create a presence in the local rap scenes.[9][10]

McIntyre released his first solo song in mid-2015 titled "BIFF XANNEN" on his SoundCloud account.[11] The song was released in November 2015, garnered local attention within the Arlington rap scene.[12][13] McIntyre's song "Megaman" was released on his SoundCloud on March 16, 2016 and along with several other songs McIntyre released, became popular after he was arrested on capital murder charges.[13]

McIntyre released several songs while on the run from the police, including "The Race" which was recorded during McIntyre's stay in New Jersey and the music video was released on YouTube two weeks before his capture.[10] The song debuted at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after a large hashtag campaign pursuing the release of McIntyre using the hashtag "#FREETAYK"[4] It peaked at 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has over 100 million views on YouTube.[14] "The Race” has been remixed by numerous artists including Tyga, Lil Yachty, Fetty Wap, and Rico Nasty among others.[15]

While incarcerated, McIntyre released the mixtape Santana World.[16] WorldStarHipHop released "Coolin" on September 14, 2017.[17][18] McIntyre's official Twitter account tweeted that the version released by WorldStarHipHop was a leak and not official saying "we have something major in store."[19]

On December 14, 2017, McIntyre's debut mixtape Santana World was re-released by 88 Classic and RCA Records, which was updated with a remix of his single "The Race" featuring vocals from rappers 21 Savage and Young Nudy.[20][21] "The Race" was certified platinum by the RIAA on January 19, 2018.[22] On February 2, 2018, McIntyre's official Twitter account tweeted two pictures of McIntyre, the first time he had been seen since May 2017. The following day, the song "After You" was released on McIntyre's SoundCloud account.[23]

It was revealed in March 2018 that McIntyre had earned around $600,000 to $700,000 with his record deal with 88 Classic .[5] Following the creation of the No Jumper music label,[24] Tay-K was featured alongside BlocBoy JB on No Jumper's song "Hard" which entered the Bubbling Under Hot 100 charts at number 14.[25][26] Tay-K was featured on the shortlist for the 2018 XXL Freshman list.[27][28]

Criminal activity

McIntyre has a history of legal issues. The first reported case of McIntyre and his criminal interactions was when he was a witness to the murder of 20-year-old Sara Mutschlechner by Daytona Boyz member Erick Johnson also known by his stage name Santana Sage.[29] McIntyre and Johnson had attended the same party as Mutschlechner, not interacting until they had left.[30] Johnson was driving through Denton when his black SUV pulled up along Mutschlechner's car. McIntyre and another Daytona Boyz member, Pimpyz, began to call out to Mutschlechner's sedan which led to a man rolling a window down and confronting them.[31] Johnson then threatened to shoot the male which led to Mutschlechner driving away.[32] The SUV chased Mutschlechner and Johnson then fired two shots, one entering her head and killing her.[33] Johnson confessed and McIntyre was not charged in the case. Johnson was sentenced to 44 years in prison.[34]

McIntyre and six other people were arrested in July 2016 on capital murder charges relating to a home invasion robbery in Mansfield, Texas.[35] On July 26, 2016, Megan Holt, 19, and Ariana Bharrat, 20, were part of a plan with McIntyre and friends to rob 19-year-old Zachary Beloate. The pair planned to seduce him and then let the gunmen into the house where they were to steal drugs and money from him before leaving. One of the pair unlocked the door and the gunmen then proceeded to rob Beloate and his friend Ethan Walker, which led to a fatal confrontation and the death of Walker as they were attempting to leave, along with two other non-fatal injuries from gunshot.[36]

McIntyre was placed under house arrest until certification hearings were held. A few days before certification hearings were held, McIntyre and another suspect cut off their ankle monitors and fled to San Antonio, Texas.[37] Just before cutting his ankle monitor off and going on the run, McIntyre wrote on Twitter "fuck dis house arrest shit fuck 12 they gn hav 2 catch me on hood".[38] The suspect that McIntyre fled with was captured in May 2017.[37] McIntyre made his way to Elizabeth, New Jersey where he recorded the song "The Race", which described his run from the police and his legal troubles. The song opens with "Fuck a beat, I was tryna beat a case/but I ain't beat that case, bitch I did the race".[7][39] On June 30, 2017, McIntyre was captured by the U.S Marshal Service in Elizabeth, New Jersey.[35][40]

While on the run, on April 23, 2017, McIntyre allegedly participated in a robbery where a photographer was fatally shot outside of a Chick-fil-A in San Antonio, Texas.[41] The victim, 23-year-old Mark Saldivar, was allegedly in a black SUV with McIntyre and several other passengers, when he exited the SUV and started to shout for help, which led to the SUV accelerating in an attempt to hit him. Saldivar allegedly jumped onto the hood of the SUV, kicking the windscreen until the front passenger left the car and shot him once before driving away.[42]

Also while on the run, on May 25, 2017, McIntyre allegedly attacked and robbed 65-year-old Owney "Skip" Pepe in Cravens Park, Arlington on May 25, 2017.[43] McIntyre allegedly held a gun to Pepe's head before knocking him unconscious in the park, where Pepe was later found by a jogger.[44] Pepe later identified McIntyre during a photo lineup.[45]

McIntyre was transferred to an adult jail on July 21, 2017.[46] A preliminary certification hearing to decide upon Tay-K's status as a juvenile was held on August 30, 2017. Trent Loftin, a lawyer for McIntyre, said to the New York Times that McIntyre was optimistic and that they were confident he would be exonerated of his charges.[47] It was decided that McIntyre would be tried as an adult in the case. The trial was eventually pushed back due to lack of evidence.[48]

We just concluded the "certification transfer" hearing for Mr. Mcintyre. The judge has ruled that his case should be moved to adult court case 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 had no bearing whatsoever of his guilt/innocence in this case. After a full day of hearing with numerous officers testifying under oath, officers testified there was no evidence that Mr. Mcintyre engaged in any 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 charges. We look forward to moving ahead[49][48]

On September 20, 2017, additional capital murder charges were added to McIntyre's case involving the incident in San Antonio.[50] Police claim that McIntyre was in the vehicle during the shooting and that there is surveillance footage of the incident.[51] McIntyre was being held on $500,000 bail[52] though in February 2018, the bail was set to $0.[53]

On February 28, 2018, McIntyre's accomplice, known as a "petite, pretty blonde" was sentenced to twenty years in prison after being found guilty on capital murder and aggravated robbery charges.[54] In February 2018, accomplice Megan Holt pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and agreed to testify against her co defendants in exchange for a 20 year sentence. In May 2018, Latharian Merritt was sentenced to life in prison without parole after being convicted of capital murder. In August 2018, Ariana Bharrat pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery and agreed to testify against her co defendants in exchange for a 25 year sentence. In that same month, Sean Robinson pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 40 years in prison. In November 2018, McIntyre's last accomplice, Jalen Bell, pleaded guilty to aggravated robbery charges and was sentenced to 30 years in prison. McIntyre's defense attorneys argued that because McIntyre’s case had started in the juvenile system — which does not have a bail or bond system in place — he is entitled to one now under Texas law in March 2018. State District Judge Wayne Salvant denied McIntyre's request for bond, expressing concerns McIntyre's alleged crimes had been "glorified" and that he was a "high, violent assessment."[5]

On May 24, 2018, it was confirmed McIntyre was not facing the death penalty or life imprisonment under Miller v. Alabama and Roper v. Simmons.[55]

McIntyre was charged with possession of a prohibited item while in jail on August 2, 2018, after a mobile phone was found hidden in his sock during a search.[56][57] McIntyre was moved from Tarrant County Jail to maximum-security Lon Evans Corrections Center where he spent 23 hours in solitary confinement with one hour a day for the gym on August 14, 2018.[58] McIntyre won a legal battle on August 16 when the Texas' Second Court of Appeals ruled that State District Judge Wayne Salvant made a mistake in refusing to set a bail for McIntyre concerning his aggravated robbery case though he was still denied bail for the case involving the murder of Ethan Walker.[59] While there, McIntyre allegedly cursed at and threatened a Tarrant County Sherrif sergeant, threw his food tray and wet toilet paper, and went over his allotted phone time.[60]

McIntyre has been involved in two lawsuits as a result of his alleged participation in these murders.[61] In June 2018, the family of Mark Saldivar, the victim of the San Antonio shooting filed a wrongful death lawsuit seeking more than $1 million in damages[62] and in July 2018, the family of Ethan Walker and survivor Zachary Beloate sued McIntyre and his record label 88 Classic for the profits following Walker's death.[63][64]

On July 15, 2019, on the first day of his trial,[65] McIntyre pled guilty to two counts of aggravated robbery in the Mansfield home invasion case. On July 19, 2019, the jury in the case found McIntyre guilty of murder and of a third charge of aggravated robbery. He faced 5 to 99 years or life in prison for each of the four charges.[60] McIntyre's song "The Race", which was written while he was on the run from the U.S. Marshals Service, was introduced as evidence during the sentencing phase of the trial.[66] On July 23, 2019, he was sentenced to 55 years in prison for the murder charge, 30 years in prison on one of the counts of aggravated robbery, and two 13-year prison sentences for the remaining two counts of aggravated robbery related. The four prison terms will be served concurrently, and he will be eligible for parole after no less than 27.5 years.[67] He was also fined $21,000 ($10,000 for the murder charge and $11,000 combined for the three aggravated robbery charges).[68]



Title Album details Peak chart positions


Santana World 128

Compilation albums

Title Album details

Extended plays

Title Album details


As lead artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album


"The Race" 2017 44 17 12 69 Santana World
"After You"[76] 2018 non album-single

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album


(No Jumper featuring Tay-K and BlocBoy JB)
2018 14 4 Non-album single


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