So who are these mysterious and influential players who bypass the music in Roblox?
They call themselves Roblox audio makers. Known for their underhanded circumvention methods and their taste for aggressive rap, they mostly congregate on Discord in secret groups and discussions led by exclusive collectives. Audio makers sell methods to sneak songs on Roblox like stealth gun dealers; some can go for thousands of Robux, or around $ 20 to $ 40.
“The community can be very dangerous at times,” a Robloxer known as DigitalCrimes, 14, said of Discord, explaining that making the wrong person worse can lead to unpleasant consequences – having your personal information leaked or worse, players pranking a SWAT team to loot your house.
Largely populated by teenagers and even young players, the scene has a reputation for behaving like trolls. “A lot of them have egos and are edgy and toxic,” marty_red, a popular Roblox TikToker, explained of Discord. “The scene is weird but in a good way – it’s interesting how people can relate to something that goes against the terms of service.”
The bypassed tunes started circulating in the mid-2010s, around the same time that Roblox’s demographics were changing; children who grew up playing the game in the 2000s were turning into teenagers and adults with a taste for restricted content. Suddenly there was a whole series of outlaws willingly bypassing the Roblox. rules for blowing rap music blown from their boomboxes.
“When I first performed there was no distorted rap – maybe the worst you heard was Eminem’s ‘Rap God’, and it was all censored, ”said mart_yred, who has been playing for over nine years. “You started hearing bypassed audios at the end of 2015, then there was a really big spike in 2017.”