U.S. Marshals Arrest Arlington Rapper Tay-K 47 For Murder, Fort Worth’s Iconic Billy Bob’s Could Be In Trouble and St. Vincent Pens An Ode To NYC.
Last week, local news and social media channels were abuzz regarding the fugitive status of Taymor McIntyre, a 17-year-old rapper from Arlington who was wanted by U.S. Marshals on capital murder charges. McIntyre, who raps as Tay-K 47, is a suspect in several cases across the state, including two capital murders and a robbery.
After a few days on the run, authorities apprehended McIntyre in New Jersey on Friday afternoon without incident according to a statement issued by the U.S. Marshals. He’ll be extradited to Texas to face the charges.
There’s no doubt that McIntyre is facing serious charges, but since he’s innocent until proven guilty, it’s worth mentioning that McIntyre did seem to have a budding rap career on his hands before this news came to light. In fact, he was featured in a track with Diego Money just one week before U.S. Marshals publicized his wanted status.
He also released an EP in June that you can listen to below.
Turns out, that’s not the only legal drama facing the North Texas music scene of late. Out in Fort Worth, investors at Billy Bob’s are still in court in their attempt to remove Concho Minick from his management role of the World’s Largest Honky Tonk. But, last week, Minick won an important stay on the case that will guarantee that the venue’s doors stay open till at least July 21. Needless to say, the power struggle for the venue is a complicated one; if you’re interested in learning more, you can get caught up on the story here.
If — and that’s a big if — Billy Bob’s shuts down, news of another venue inching closer to opening in North Texas is quite serendipitous, then: The historic Longhorn Ballroom, which announced its return earlier this year, has started announcing shows coming to its space, and one of the first will take place on September 9 when local charity Love For Kids hosts its seventh annual fundraising event with a tribute to Bob Wills and lineup of Texas music artists set to perform.
Continuing with the good news, St. Vincent is here to totally redeem herself. Last week, she announced plans for her first tour in two years but neglected her hometown of Dallas on the bookings — a bummer, but, like we said at the time, at least there’s activity on the horizon! And now we have our first bite: St. Vincent released a new song titled “New York,” which was notably produced by fun.‘s Jack Antonoff and her longtime collaborator John Congleton. Check it out:
In fact, a slew of artists released videos for new music, including Francine Thirteen, who’s new track “Lust Heals, Give Me My Sin Again” was featured on the Washington Post’s blog The Lilly. Francine Thirteen was the first artist interviewed for the blog’s series Friend of the Lilly, dedicated to women the editorial team admires. The full interview can be found here along with a preview of the unreleased video for the song.
Meanwhile, Bobby Sessions continued his streak of videos off his grateful. album. The adorable visuals for “Pots of Gold” features two girls out on a play date in the park.
On the other hand, the punks in Loafers have a video that isn’t adorable at all. The video for “Peter Pan,” which we’re stoked to premiere below, is a grungy, and rather dark, close-up of a kidnapping in progress. You can check out the video below. And, if you dig the song, keep an eye out for the next Group Therapy compilation tape from Dreamy Life that it’ll be releasing through.
Another new video out this week is “Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)” from the Hamilton mixtape. The song features K’naan, Riz MC, Residente and Fort Worth’s own Snow Tha Product. Give it a watch:
In other cool news, Austin NPR music affiliate KUT named Sarah Jaffe its artist of the month for July and named her song “Bad Baby” its song of the day. Her new album of the same name drops Friday.
Another old favorite that’s also new again is revered Dalals radio station The Edge. The station has been re-birthed, sort of, by the team at Vokal, which recently did the same with the similarly defunct Dallas radio station, KZEW. Known as Fuzz Box, this re-born Edge definitely focuses on the ’80s and ’90s alternative bent upon which the station once made its name. Check it out here.
Denton, meanwhile, is finally about to get the radio station it’s been talking up for years now: The Denton Record-Chronicle reports that KUZU finally got its antenna all set up, and that the station will begin sending out test signals onto its airwaves any day now. Once it begins, expect a Denton musician-heavy lineup of songs — because, well, Denton.
Something else to be stoked about this week is a new mixtape from all-time Dallas hip-hop great Tum Tum. Called Zillanaire 2, the DJ Drop-hosted tape features 21 tracks and is proof that the greats never fall off. You can listen to it here. And, while you do listen, you should give this piece on T-Town a read for some backstory to help fully understand it. For Red Bull Music Academy, the piece about the Dallas hip-hop institution, penned by Torii MacAdams, tells the story of how George Lopez founded his iconic store, how he assembled Dirty South Rydaz and how that crew helped shape the Dallas rap sound, through success and major label failures.
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