“The federal government tried to ban me from the darkish net. I downloaded TOR Browser and received again in. Went and received a VPN, simply purchased one other BIN,” raps away Teejayx6, a 19-year-old from the east facet of Detroit. Decked in a black ski masks, the younger rapper illustrates the method of accessing the darkish net in nice element—right down to the financial institution identification numbers he makes use of to make fraudulent transactions. Welcome to the perimeter world of rip-off rap, a viral subgenre glorifying and breaking down fraudulent activity step-by-step for listeners.
Detroit and the rise of rip-off rap
Mentions of fraudulent exercise in music is nothing new. Future, Meek Mill, Metropolis Women and Kodak Black are all on the lengthy checklist of rappers with scamming-related lyrics. You might be most definitely to have already been launched to this subgenre even for those who don’t comply with any of the artists talked about.
In The Secret Life Of Pets 2, Kevin Hart voiced a bunny named Snowball—a former anti-human revolutionary who has come to consider that he’s a superhero. The film ended with Snowball rapping away Desiigner’s 2015 smash ‘Panda’. “Bank cards and the scammers!” bellowed Snowball in a snapback as rip-off rap rapidly infiltrated the child film pantheon.
Rip-off rap has been related to Detroit-based artists the place the subgenre is deeply rooted in bank card frauds, identification thefts and different illicit methods of splitting individuals from their cash. Credited with its own rap scene, rip-off rap particularly appears to be flooding out of Motor Metropolis with many upcoming rappers mentioning scamming of their lyrics.
Although not unique to Detroit, the town’s rip-off rap will be differentiated from the remaining with its off-beat circulation and rap type. Artists like Kasher Quon and 10kkev leverage bouncy beats stuffed with excessive synths to supply sounds just like “a loading display on a low-budget online game.” Their rap type lies someplace between frenzy and monotone to create feverish power that ultimately matches the anxiety-ridden sentiments of the scamming life-style they allegedly reside in.
The 19-year-old face of rip-off rap
Rip-off rap surfaced in 2017 when Bossman Wealthy dropped his single ‘Jugging Ain’t Real’. The monitor featured the rapper flashing stacks of money whereas rhyming off-beat about BINs, Bitcoins and bank card frauds. Curiosity within the subgenre together with true rip-off instances peaked submit that.
Rip-off rap went mainstream in 2019 with the rise of GuapDad 4000, an Oakland-based rapper. Styling himself as a captivating conman, the artist is credited with scamming celebrities like Drake into acting at his afterparty at no cost—later boasting about it on Instagram. Nevertheless, it wasn’t till Teejayx6 (actual identify unknown) got here onto the scene that the subgenre actually took off.
Incriminating himself to insane levels in nearly each tune, Teejayx6 shot to fame along with his breakout single Dark Web the place he coaches listeners by giving them step-by-step directions on learn how to entry the darkish net utilizing the TOR browser. Immersed in pop-culture references and terminologies, most of Teejayx6’s songs are dramatic rip-off tales that play out like heist motion pictures.
In Swipe Story, the 19-year-old artist breaks down the method of stealing PS4s from Walmart, outlining the whole lot from embossing faux bank cards to mendacity to the cashier about why he wants $3,500 value of gaming tools. He later raps about scamming completely different Walmarts in a sum complete of fifty occasions. In Violin he raps about shopping for social safety numbers, and in Blackmail he goes so far as scamming his personal grandmother.
Throughout his first-ever present in Los Angeles, Teejayx6 was arrested on-stage by US Marshals. However web nerds have been fast to theorise that the arrest was staged with a bunch of actors and that the entire thing was a publicity stunt—one more rip-off. So why hasn’t the actual police caught on but? Is rip-off rap authorized within the first place?
Robin Hoods for the age of cryptocurrency
Rip-off rap’s existence highlights a cultural shift to psychological, data-driven crimes the place rappers concerned aren’t afraid to delve into the small print whatever the authenticity of their claims. On condition that a lot of Teejayx6’s ‘alleged’ crimes concerned swindling a few of the wealthiest firms on Earth, artists like him are thought-about “Robin Hoods for the age of cryptocurrency.”
Acknowledging the truth that “scamming celebrities is simpler than regular individuals as a result of they fall for it faster,” Teejayx6 has allegedly scammed Blac Chyna and Dave East. The younger rapper additional separates himself from the ruthless forms of frauds with a optimistic motive backing him up. “I’m actually serving to individuals in the long term,” he admitted in an interview with Genius. Upon buy of his mixtape The Fraud Bible, Teejayx6 said that his followers get an precise fraud bible—a information which incorporates “precise strategies, BINs and the whole lot required” to hold out scams.
“Individuals need to label me a scammer,” he talked about in an interview with Pitchfork. “However I’m actually serving to followers out, giving them recommendation and even cash in the event that they want it.”
Widespread, however not too common
“Rip-off rap goes to be a factor for some time as a result of it’s cash,” admitted Teejayx6. “Anyone want to earn cash. So it’s only a matter of time earlier than the entire world catches on.” The artist, nonetheless, warns in opposition to the repercussions that entail the subgenre’s mainstream recognition.
“It’d convey issues just like the police provided that it will get too common,” he stated. In an interview with Complex about the way forward for rip-off rap, the younger artist talked about how scamming is more and more turning into the “commonplace job for rappers” changing what as soon as was drug dealing. When requested if he was anxious concerning the repercussions of his self-incriminating lyrics, Teejayx6 said that he was solely anxious about seeing any person he has scammed in real-life.
“If I ever get huge, any person that I scammed prior to now would possibly e-book me for a present simply to rob me. Within the life I reside, I at all times must watch out. I scammed so many individuals from completely different cities, completely different states. I don’t know who’s making an attempt to e-book me. So I’m actually terrified.” In his No Jumper interview, the 19-year-old completely sums up the doubts we at present harbour at the back of our minds, “Even when I used to be underneath investigation, there is no such thing as a proof, there’s no video proof. I may very well be saying all this, it may very well be a lie, it may very well be leisure.”
Whereas rip-off rap’s affect is but to ‘ill-favourably’ present itself in common tradition, you possibly can both head to the feedback part of those music movies for detailed how-to guides from different followers (in hopes of not being scammed your self within the course of) or bop your head to its anxious synths and off-beat rhymes. The so-far authorized alternative is yours.