My first taste of Teejayx6 was from his song “Mosh Pit.” Instantly, I had it on repeat for the remainder of my drive, turning up as if the world was actually open. The Detroit native came up best known as a scam rapper, but he actually can’t wait to unleash his new material that has nothing to do with scamming at all.
“That’s what people label me as, I’m not really a scam rapper,” he explains. “I add a few scams bars here and there. I can see why they call me a scam rapper, but…”
With a song like “Swipe Lessons” (which features the Shitty Boyz in the visual), the 19-year-old literally gives fans a play by play on how to come up on some bread illegally. His songs are chock full of instructions and methods, including the use of the Tor browser, VPNs, CashApp, and knockoff SIM cards. In fact, his name is derived from his MSR X6 hardware that is used to clone credit cards.
With his scamming expertise, he was able to touch his first million as a teenager. When it comes to music, it’s baffling to think he’s only been making music professionally for 2 years. Most recently, he unleashed his Black Air Force Activity: The Reload mixtape, the deluxe to the original which hails standout single “Punchin'” featuring NLE Choppa.
Flaunt caught up with Teejayx6 at a beautiful house in the hills of Los Angeles, on his 19th birthday. His manager Propane surprised Teejay with strippers, with lots to celebrate including his album. Read below as we discuss the moment he got on, wanting to get out of scam rap, his new project, fatherhood, and more!
Being from Detroit, what was the household like growing up?
It was crazy. Everybody scams in Detroit to be honest, it’s a trend. I never really sold any weed, my whole thing was scamming. My come up was different than people who sold weed. It’s rough, but you get used to it. As long as you tend to yourself, you’ll be good.
Who were you bumping growing up?
Lil Wayne, Chief Keef, that era. The Chicago era, people like that.
When did you realize music could be a career?
When I released “Dark Web,” it was going crazy. That was last year, I just started seriously rapping one year ago. I’m with Disruptive, TF, and Asylum. Disruptive is our label, me and Propane (maganager). We’re building, Disruptive is about to be that.
Happy birthday! How are you celebrating?
I came out to LA to celebrate my album release. That’s the real reason I came out here. My birthday’s cool, but I only came out here to celebrate my album.
Black Air Force Activity: The Reload out now! How you feeling?
It’s cool, 12 new tracks. I got a few of my brothers on there. Keep dropping music.
How does it compare to the original project?
It’s really the same. I tried to come with that same, Detroit type of shit. Next year, I’ma be on something completely different. It’s going to be so different. It’s rap, but it’s different. It’s not scam. I don’t talk about scamming, it’s completely different. You have to wait to hear it.
Are you still scamming?
Nope, I was able to stop when music took off. It’s old, been did that.
How does scamming culture resonate with fans?
I’m teaching them a way to get money. The littlest kid can go and do the shit I’m talking about.
What if they get caught?
They’re not going to get caught. You can’t get caught, you have to to be smart. If you get caught, it’s your fault. [laughs]
What’d you do with all that money?
I still got it, that’s my label money. Now I’m legit.
What do you like about black Air Forces?
They’re going up, me and a few other rappers brought it back into style. Just want to run with it. I want people to start wearing black Air Forces again, instead of the white pair. [laughs] It’s true: if you wear Black Air Forces, you’re dangerous. The whole image and vibe goes with the music. It’s a storyline, I have to keep that storyline.
What chapter of the story are you at right now?
I’m in the second chapter, the second year that I took off. This year, I didn’t even do nothing. I haven’t really been dropping no music. That’s my choice though, I’m unmotivated. It’s not the same. I’m not doing no shows, no tours, none of that. I’m making music and can’t even perform it. Before COVID, I was on tour months straight. I wasn’t even at home. I was opening for people and I had my own tour.
Who’d you open for?
Thundercat, Choppa, Ski Mask, Lil Mosey, a bunch of other people.
What do you feel when you perform?
That brings me joy. It’s good, I love performing. I need to perform ASAP.
Talk about your bank video that went viral.
I went in the bank, got some cash, Propane (manager) recorded it. I posted it on No Jumper, it went viral. From there, that’s where everything went crazy. I found out I had a skit wave going on. Not really skits, it’s videos of me doing these illegal ass activities. [laughs]
Were you ready for all this attention and fame?
No. I always knew I was going to have money, but nothing about fame. When it did come, you have to adjust to it. You have to understand your new life. I wanted the whole fanbase. When I first started rapping, I was rapping for views. I wanted to get big. Eventually, I switched my rap style over to the whole scam rap, that’s where it took off.
How’d you and Choppa link on “Punchin’”?
Before we did that song, I seen him so many times. We talked, we were cool. Propane (manager) knows Choppa’s manager personally. I already had that song “Punchin,” just me on it. He sent it to me out of the blue as a surprise. I listened to it like “what the fuck? How the hell you get him on the song?” That’s why Propane’s the best fucking manager. We met up in Atlanta and shot the video. Choppa’s busy as hell, I had to find a time for him.
Best memory from the video shoot?
We’re in a boxing ring, fighting this big ass tall dude. Both me and Choppa were fighting a tall ass dude, it was fun. The whole video shoot was fun. We’re the same age, we connect better.
Being so young, what do you like to do for fun?
Shit, record music. Record and go to work.
I see you got Bandgang Lonnie, Sada Baby, Drego & Beno on the project, talk about putting on for Detroit.
I’m trying to keep the whole Detroit wave in my music. Even though my music isn’t really Detroit type music, I had to bring those artists in. The people known for being the biggest Detroit artists, I had to bring those over to me to help out my Detroit fanbase. They’re good overall artists, fire.
“Mosh Pit” is so lit, bring us back to when you made that.
I literally went into the studio like “I’m about to make a song.” I performed that night, then went to the studio and recorded that song. I had the idea because they were turnt up. I was thinking ” what can I say that’s perfect for the crowd?” “Where the moshpit? Nigga, jump in the crowd.”
How would you describe your drip?
I love fashion but nowadays, I buy shit and put it on. I’ve got so much designer. No exaggeration, over $125K in designer clothes. My closet’s crazy, no cap. I’m moving right now, so all my clothes are in bags. I live in Michigan, like the suburbs. I haven’t lived in Detroit for about 2 years now. Detroit isn’t where you want to be. Detroit is the hood part of Michigan.
Who do you like to listen to?
My brother, my other brother. I don’t really listen to a lot of Detroit music, but I listen to a lot of the typical people. Lil Baby, Durk. That’s who I listen to on the daily.
How’s fatherhood treating you?
Fire. I love my son. He’s 6.5 months, about to turn 7 months. I love it to be honest. I try to be with him as much as I can, but it’s hard. He’s young, I’m changing his diaper. I’m not able to teach him anything yet, you can’t with a 6 month old.
What can we expect from the Fraud Bible project?
I have to drop that for the fans, can’t leave them hanging. All methods, all money tutorials. No music, all lessons on there.
What can we expect next?
Stack your money, that’s it.