Teejayx6 Will Teach You How to Scam
EVERY MEGA RICH PERSON YOU SEE HAS A HACKER WORKING FOR THEM SECRETLY, THEY WOULD LIE TO YOU THAT THEY’RE TRADING STOCKS. BUT COME ON!!, YOU AND I KNOW THE STOCKS ARE BAD THIS DAYS.
THEY GO ON HOLIDAYS, DRIVE THE FASTEST CARS AND NEVER GO BROKE BECAUSE A HACKER IS ALWAYS SENDING MONEY TO THEIR BANK ACCOUNTS – THESE HACKERS HACK BANK SERVERS TO CREATE CLEAN MONEY TRANSACTIONS.
You need a phony ID, Teejayx6 says in the ear of a young aspirant con artist who needs advice. The 18-year-old rapper is holding court at a self-described “scammer convention” inside a Manhattan streetwear store. He recently gained notoriety for his shamelessly specific scam-based songs about identity theft and credit card fraud. They all appear to be in a trance, as if the pope is ready to pronounce a blessing from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica, as they create an orderly queue in front of him comprising experienced con artists, aspiring con artists, and the scam-curious.
A few people receive scamming methods from Teejay via AirDrops, while others are approached and given personalized advise that they record on their phones before being quickly dismissed with a firm handshake. One adolescent comes up to the rapper and says, “I wouldn’t have this sauce without you,” while clutching two brand-new iPhone 10s that he obtained by using Teejay’s strategies and wearing a black Vlone t-shirt.
Someone lights a Supreme shoulder bag on fire outside the convention for no apparent reason. “Teejayx6 is altering the perception of fraudsters in America,” a fan by the name of Smack tells me as the smell of burnt rubber starts to fade.
As the most recent in a long series of scam rappers from the area, Teejayx6 has recently emerged from Detroit’s bustling scene. His music appeals to a new generation of digital natives because of his frequent usage of pop culture allusions and potentially damaging data. “The government tried to block me from the dark web/I downloaded a Tor Browser then went back in/Went and got a VPN,” he sings in the chorus of his breakout song, “Dark Web,” which was created by renowned Detroit beatmaker Damjonboi. He makes references to purchasing social security numbers in his songs “Violin,” “Credit Score,” and “Blackmail,” and even boasts about defrauding his own grandma in “Credit Score.”
His epic back-and-forth with fellow con artist Kasher Quon, “Dynamic Duo,” is vital. Other times, however, he crafts twisted stories that fly by like low-budget Ocean’s 11 spinoffs. “Swipe Story” is a play-by-play account of a scheme to buy TVs and Xboxes from a neighbourhood Walmart, complete with a how-to video shot inside one of the retailer’s establishments. (When we are discussing the song, Teejay grinned and said, “I need to get sponsored by Walmart. )
Many of the young people at the conference identify with Teejay because they have the same desire to get high and use scams as a means of doing so. Critics may accuse the rapper of normalising such illegal practises, but scamming is a culture that has been for a very long time and will continue to exist long after the initial excitement surrounding the rapper has subsided. He might even be considered a kind of rap Robin Hood for the bitcoin era given that several of his alleged offences involve defrauding some of the richest firms on the planet.
Teejay is self-aware enough to recognise the really dark comedy present throughout. After the conference, he tells me, attempting to modestly distance himself from more vicious forms of fraud, “People want to name me a scammer.” But I’m actually assisting fans, offering them guidance and even money if necessary.
When Teejay Witherspoon left his mother’s house on Detroit’s Eastside early this year, his life started to change. He says, in a light voice that is definitely youthful, “My mum is strict. She initially objected to my living alone, but eventually she warmed up to the idea. He made the decision to start documenting the life of a con artist in his raps six months ago after being inspired by Atlanta’s Money Man’s music. While removing fictitious lint from his Mike Amiri trousers and Versace Chain Reaction sneakers, Teejay says, “People in Detroit were doing it, but they weren’t going into detail.”
When he published the music video for “Dark Web” in late July, which features him rapping on a roof while working on a laptop, his career as a musician took off. Two weeks later, Teejay was detained onstage by two men in U.S. Marshals coats during his first live performance in Los Angeles. Fans were divided over the incident: some chanted “Free Teejay,” while others dismissed it as just another fraud, pointing out that the police’s suspicious jackets and crowd-clearing strategy appeared to be staged. In an effort to contain his laughing, Teejay concedes, pulling his shirt over his face, “I guess they do got a point.
Since that occurrence, followers have flooded his music and social media accounts with requests for him to grant them access to fresh scam techniques. Teejay is awestruck by his recent stardom. He claims, “I’ve only had a true fanbase for about three weeks.” However, there are some negatives to the life of a con artist. He raps, “I can’t even get my haircut no more since I done fooled my barber,” on his most recent song, “Apple.” He has a hairline that resembles it was sculpted with a butter knife as we discuss the benefits and drawbacks of scam rap in a Midtown studio.
Pitchfork: Are you ever worried that rapping about scamming is self-incriminating?
Teejayx6: Sometimes I’m scared. But they can’t pin nothing on me. Everything I rap about has already happened, so they can’t get me on nothing. I would never stop rapping about scamming unless I was forced to.
What do you think of the numerous people who consider fraud to be immoral?
Many people call it identity theft and other crap, but it’s not. [lurching pause] Oh wait, perhaps it is. [laughs] Although it’s probably messed up, there is a lot of money to be made in it.
Why did you start making raps about fraud?
There were a tonne of folks acting like it. People who don’t go into depth aren’t actually living it, as you can tell. You can tell that I truly live this when you are with me. I barely started rapping last year, but my early material was garbage because I embellished the truth regarding drug dealing and other activities. Teejayx6 Will Teach You How to Scam
Your most well-liked song to date is “Dark Web.” Do you really have any knowledge of the dark web?
Yes, I have a tonne of experience. I was 14 years old when I first visited, and I saw the most bizarre stuff imaginable. I still remember it.
The lesson on defrauding Walmart in “Swipe Lesson” is very detailed. What steps did you take to create that song?
I simply opened my notes app, discovered the beat for the song in my email, and said, “Let me read one of my actual lessons over a beat.” It worked even though I didn’t think it would.
How did you and Kasher Quon’s song, “Dynamic Duo,” come up with it?
That just occurred because Kasher Quon and I missed a trip to a show and arrived at the studio furious that Spirit had delayed our flight. And that was the opening phrase. We were just arguing back and forth, trying to outdo one another and raise our voices higher. That’s when, I believe, I really found my flow.
You mentioned that Kasher Quon and you were boarding a plane to do a show. You ever perform outside of Detroit?
I would never do it; it’s too risky. I’m not going to do that, even if someone books me.
Do you think about giving up scamming now that your rap career is flourishing?
It’s difficult here. In Michigan, phoney credit cards and identification are strictly prohibited. But listen, I could probably get $5,000 right now for a show; in the realm of fraud, that’s nothing. Teejayx6 Will Teach You How to Scam