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“The government tried to ban me from the dark web. I downloaded the TOR browser and came back. I went to look for a VPN, I just bought another BIN ”, raps Teejayx6, a 19-year-old from east Detroit. Adorned with a black ski mask, the young rapper illustrates in detail the process of accessing the dark web, right down to the bank identification numbers it uses to carry out fraudulent transactions. Welcome to the fringe world of scam rap, a viral subgenre that prides itself and breaks down fraudulent activity step by step for listeners.

Detroit and the rise of fraudulent rap

Mentions of fraudulent activity in music are nothing new. Future, Meek Mill, City Girls, and Kodak Black are all on the rapper’s long list with scam-related lyrics. You have probably already been introduced to this subgenre even if you don’t follow any of the artists mentioned.

In The Secret Life of Pets 2, Kevin Hart voiced a bunny named Snowball, a former anti-human revolutionary who came to believe he is a superhero. The movie ended with Snowball rapping Desiigner’s 2015 Panda smash. “Credit cards and crooks!” Snowball yelled in a snapback as fraudulent rap quickly infiltrated the children’s film pantheon.

Scam rap has been associated with artists based in Detroit where the subgenre is deeply rooted in credit card fraud, identity theft and other illicit means of separating people from their money. Credited with his own rap scene, the fraudulent rap in particular seems to be coming out of Motor City with many upcoming rappers mentioning the scam in their lyrics.

While not exclusive to Detroit, the city’s scam rap can be distinguished from others by its quirky flow and rap style. Artists like Kosher Quon and 10kkev Take advantage of the bouncy rhythms filled with powerful synths to produce sounds similar to a “loading screen on a low budget video game”. Their rap style falls somewhere between frenzy and monotony to create a feverish energy that ends up matching the anxious feelings of the fraudulent lifestyle they are said to be living in.

The face of rap scams at 19

Fraudulent rap surfaced in 2017 when Bossman Rich released his single ‘Jugger is not real. The track featured the rapper flashing stacks of cash while making quirky rhymes about BINs, Bitcoins, and credit card frauds. Interest in the subgenre as well as real scam cases peaked after that.

Fraudulent rap became widespread in 2019 with the rise of Daddy Dad 4000, an Oakland-based rapper. Posing as a charming con artist, the artist is credited with ripping off celebrities like Duck to perform for free at his after-party, later bragging about it on Instagram. However, it wasn’t until Teejayx6 (real name unknown) entered the scene that the subgenre really took off.

Increasing himself to insane degrees in just about every song, Teejayx6 rose to fame with his breakout single Dark web where he coaches listeners by giving them step-by-step instructions on how to access the dark web using the TOR browser. Immersed in pop culture references and terminologies, most of Teejayx6’s songs are dramatic scam stories that play out like heist movies.

In Sweep history, the 19-year-old artist explains the process of stealing PS4 from Walmart, describing everything from embossing fake credit cards to lying to the cashier about why he needs $ 3,500 in gaming equipment. later raps about ripping off different Walmarts a total of 50 times. In Violin he raps about buying social security numbers, and in Blackmail he goes so far as to rip off his own grandmother.

During her very first show in Los Angeles, Teejayx6 was stopped on stage by the American marshals. But internet nerds quickly speculated that the arrest was arranged with a group of actors and that it was all a publicity stunt – yet another scam. So why haven’t the real police figured out yet? Is rap scam legal in the first place?

Robin Hoods for the cryptocurrency era

Scam Rap’s existence highlights a cultural shift towards psychological data-driven crimes, where the rappers involved aren’t afraid to dig into the details, no matter how genuine their claims are. Since many of Teejayx6’s “alleged” crimes involved swindling some of the richest companies on the planet, artists like him are considered “Robin Hoods for the cryptocurrency age.”

Acknowledging the fact that “celebrity scam is easier than normal people because they fall into the trap faster”, Teejayx6 allegedly scammed Blac Chyna and Dave East. The young rapper separates himself more from the ruthless fraud types with a positive motive backing him. “I really help people in the long run,” he admitted in an interview with Genie. When you buy your mixtape The Bible of Fraud, Teejayx6 said his fans are getting a real scam bible, a guide that includes “the real methods, BINs, and whatever it takes” to commit scams.

“People want to call me a crook,” he said in an interview with fork. “But I really help the fans, giving them advice and even money if they need it.”

Popular, but not overly popular

“Fraudulent rap is going to be a thing for a while because it’s money,” Teejayx6 admitted. “Everyone would like to earn money. So it’s only a matter of time before the whole world notices. The artist warns, however, against the repercussions that lead to the dominant popularity of the sub-genre.

“It could bring problems like the police only if it gets too popular,” he said. In an interview with Complex Regarding the future of rap through scams, the young artist explained that the scam is increasingly becoming the “standard job for rappers” replacing what was once drug trafficking. When asked if he was worried about the repercussions of his self-incriminating words, Teejayx6 said he was only worried to see someone he had ripped off in real life.

“If I ever get fat, someone I’ve ripped off in the past might book me for a show just to steal from me. In the life I live I always have to be careful. I have ripped off so many people from different cities, different states. I don’t know who’s trying to book me. So I’m really terrified. In her No rider interview, the 19-year-old perfectly sums up the doubts that we currently harbor in the back of our minds ”,Even though I was under investigation, there is no evidence, there is no video evidence. I could say it all, it could be a lie, it could be entertainment.

While the influence of scam rap does not yet manifest itself “favorably” in popular culture, you can either head to the comments section of these music videos for in-depth how-to guides from other fans (in hope you don’t get ripped off yourself in the process) or shake your head over its anxious synths and quirky rhymes. The legal choice so far is yours.

Introducing scam rap, a musical sub-genre where artists teach you how to swindle