The Artist Self Explanatory (Corey Clay) has been on a long road determined and motivated to make his music heard and to represent what he stands for. He has been rapping ever since 5th grade. As the years passed his skills grew along with his mindset. He says he went from “boo’s and frowns” to “daps and pounds” and he will not stop until he reaches his destination. Self Explanatory is from North Carolina. He stayed in Fayetteville NC until the 5th grade but established his life and friends when he moved to Durham NC. Life was hard while having only one parent in the household which was his mother who was raising two children. From being broke to getting evicted his mother taught him skills that he still has in him today. With everything he has learned from his mom and from seeing other things in life from his city, he took everything he learned and brought it with him to college at Hampton University. With his hard work and determination he made his own studio bought and now makes music every chance he gets. He is now making himself known as an artist, has did shows in surrounding areas, opened up for famous artist in the music industry, and is networking to become known even more. He knows from being in college that being in the corporate world is not for him and the music industry is where he plans on going. He says ” I’ve came a long way……. and it can only get better. I never thought my music could make a impact the way it has and music itself has saved my life. Now its time for me to give it all I got and live my life through it. I only have one life and I’m going to live it the way i was meant to…. making music”. The Artist Self Explanatory has also started his own entertainment Group which is called M.B.M which stands for ” Me Being Me”. It consist of childhood friends who are eager to get in the music industry as well. From videography, rapping, photography, producing, and audio engineering M.B.M ENT. is ready put in time and hard work for the love of music.
- What is going on with you as an artist right now? How long have you been creating your art work, expressing your talents?
As of now I’m currently looking to expand my fan base and do more shows in the Carolina area even though I do a lot of shows out of state. I have two singles that will be on Google play and I-Tunes September 9th. I’ve have been making music ever since I was 12 years old. I am now 26 years of age
- What makes you worthy to be on stage at the SE 360 Music Festival?
I feel I’m worthy because I make music everyday people can relate to. I use my life and the everyday trials I have been through in my life to create a sound that people like me would be proud of.
- What is your biggest challenge as an artist, and how can the SE 360 Music Festival help you reach your goals?
As of now my biggest challenge is finding a manager. I feel this event will give me the chance to network with people that could lead me in the right direction to make further steps in my music career as well as gaining more fans
- Send us three artists who you may think would like to participate in the festival next year!
Carlos Curry, David Ellis, and J-Dub Webb. All of these people can be found on Facebook
- Name five true fans you would love to come to see you at the festival!
My brother (Carey Clay), Clynesa Pulley, Jamel Mccaffitty, Phillip Porter, and J Dub Webb
- Can you elaborate on your stage name, how that came to be?
Well I always wanted to find a name that could describe who I am. I feel the rap name “Self Explanitory” does just that for me. I changed the “A” to “I” because its explaining me. I choose this name for my self back in the 10th grade because I felt my name itself did not fully capture what I was trying to create.
- Can you speak on your hottest song and video right now?
Well they have not been released yet, but two that are very popular at the moment from me are K.B.M.S and “They waiting on me”. It will be available for download on iTunes and Google play September 9th. The hottest video I have out right now is “Big Boy Swag” You can see it on my YouTube page. I say its my hottest video because it was my 1st video that I had ever made and once it released, people saw that I was serious about my music career. Club owners started to book me more for shows and my fan base grew a lot.
- Who directed your video and how much input did you have in that part?
Phillip Porter directed my video. I had 100 percent input in my video. I just told him to capture the real moment of my life and he did just that. I believe in letting people see who I am rather than act something out. I like to feel as if people are watching a documentary of me so they can see who I am and my life.
9. Are you working on an album right now; can you tell us anything about what that album might entail?
I am currently working on my album that will be on iTunes either December or January 2015. The name of it will be “Every Sinner Has A Future” and each track will show my sins that made me the man that I am today.
10. Will you continue to touch on “real life” issues?
YES!!!! My life is the reason why I make music. It’s hard for me to talk about the things I have been through but when I put it in my music it makes it so easy. Its how I clear my mind and how I get things off my chest
11. Can we expect to see you with any major features for your project or in the future in general?
At this moment no
12. Who did the production for your hottest track?
Vybe Beatz and J Hackz
13. Will you be performing anywhere in the next two months?
Yes, I will be in MD at the 5 seasons Aug 17th. 830 Guilford Ave, Baltimore MD, 21201.
14. If you had one song for the people to check out from you, besides, your hottest, it would be? And why?
It would be “Yesterday” which can be found on my reverb nation page. I feel this song shows a side of me I love to show but not many people see it. It is a song I feel a lot of people can relate to.
15. Where can the people find you at online?
16. Do you have any last shout outs for us?