The Race (Tay-K song)

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"The Race"
Single by Tay-K
from the album SantanaWorld
Released June 30, 2017 (2017-06-30)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2016-17
Length 2:20
  • S. Diesel
Tay-K singles chronology
"The Race"
"After You"

"The Race" is the debut single by American rapper Tay-K. It was originally released on SoundCloud on June 30, 2017,[1] but was released for digital download and streaming on December 14, 2017. The song charted at number 44 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and is from his debut mixtape, "#SantanaWorld".[2][3]


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 hours after his capture.[4] "The Race" debuted at number 70 on the US Billboard Hot 100 after a large hashtag campaign pursuing the release of McIntyre using the hashtag "#FREETAYK".[5] "The Race" peaked at 44 on the Billboard Hot 100 and its video has over 100 million views on YouTube. "The Race" has been remixed by numerous artists including YBN Nahmir, Lil Yachty, Fetty Wap, among others.[6] The official remix features guest vocals from 21 Savage and Young Nudy.[3]

Music video

McIntyre premiered the official music video for "The Race" on June 30, 2017 on Buffet Boys's YouTube channel.[7] The song quickly went viral with Cotton confirming that it was shot while Tay-K was on the run and became a smash hit. "It's real. Look at the story. It's so authentic. It's real, and he has the story to back it up. Rappers talk shit all day about what they do, but everything he's saying, happened. It's like Tay-K was telling us a story. It's like we're little kids about to go to bed, and Tay-K's telling us a story about himself, and he's visualizing it in the video. And it happened. It's all on the news."[8] Its music video currently has over 100 million views on YouTube.


Chart (2017–18) Peak
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 69
US Billboard Hot 100[2] 44
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 17


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[11] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ "TAY-K - The Race 🏁 (Prod: S.Diesel)". SoundCloud. Retrieved July 21, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Tay-K Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "#SantanaWorld (+) by Tay-K on Apple Music". iTunes. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Viral Rapper Tay-K: A Rundown of the Tumultuous Journey of 'The Race'". Billboard. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  5. ^ CBSDFW (2017-07-20), Teen Wanted For Murder Getting Social Media Support Behind Bars, retrieved 2017-08-19 
  6. ^ "14 Remixes to Tay-K's 'The Race' - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-10-01. 
  7. ^ Buffet Boys (2017-06-30), TAY-K x THE RACE #FREETAYK, retrieved 2018-01-30 
  8. ^ "Who Is Tay-K and Why Is His Song "The Race" Blowing Up?". Complex. Retrieved 2017-08-16. 
  9. ^ "Tay-K Chart History (Canadian Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  10. ^ "Tay-K Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  11. ^ "American single certifications – Tay-K – The Race". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved March 25, 2018.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 
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