"The Race" has come back to bite Tay-K in the ass.
Sometimes, lyrics can bite you in the ass. Such is life for the incarcerated young rapper Tay-K, who recently found his bond request denied by one State District Judge Wayne Salvant. Apparently, art imitated life a little too closely. The Fort Worth Star telegram came through with a report on the situation, which is looking increasingly bleak for the once-promising rapper. While plenty of lyricists have expressed themselves with tales of violent behavior, sometimes the line between creativity and reality can become a little too blurred for comfort. Now"The Race", which many recognize as Tay-K's breakout hit, is looking like one of those classic gift/curse dichotomies.
Judge Salvant didn't seem to enjoy the fact that "The Race" seemed to boast about Tay-K's crimes and subsequent eluding of the law. The Judge busted out the age-old argument that Tay-K's lyrics glorified his illegal actions, and his seemingly flippant attitude didn't do him any favors. Tay-K's defense attorneys attempted to convince the judge to set a reasonable bond in the murder trial, but it would appear the requests fell on unwilling ears.
Ultimately, Judge Salvant was "troubled" by Tay-K's behavior. Not only was he bothered by the violent nature of Tay-K's crimes, but also by the fact that the rapper seemed to brag about it on wax. He also felt that Tay-K's idea to brandish a 9mm handgun in the video while standing next to a wanted poster of himself was, as they say, a poor decision.
Not only that, but Salvant cited a few other crimes Tay-K was suspected of, including another instance of robbery and murder. Not only that, but the viral nature of "The Race" seemed to deeply disturb him.
"I don't know how many people are supposed to die and I don't know why we... as a country seem to glorify bad acts by putting out records and videos and people are following in this. It's my understanding that people throughout this country have 'Free Tay-K signs up or "goto" funds to fund his defense and this court has a problem with that. I don't know what this country has become when people can go out and allegedly commit heinous crimes and be glorified for it."
Judge Salvant concluded by requesting a copy of Tay-K's financial record, in order to set an appropriate bond should the need arise. ""I believe if you are fortunate enough to have a bond, that you are compelled to follow the law," Salvant stated. "And if you don't follow the law and it's shown that you're not following the law, then you're not entitled to another bond. I don't care how old you are."
For the full story, head over to the initial report here.