There were plenty of reasons for concern in 2018. Clyde Kelly’s new single “Worried” rings in the New Year with a resolution to stay stress free. The hook describes a confident apathy for the times you aren’t bothered with the bullshi*t. It’s an invincible state of mind that Clyde Kelly evokes: “I ain’t worried ’bout sh*t.”
This marks the 12th and final installment of Clyde Kelly’s #12months12songs challenge. You can listen to all the singles here. Look out for Clyde’s sophomore effort, Not Rich Yet 2, in early 2019.
Clyde Kelly is a shy guy with a lot of gravity. He’s a lifetime student and creator of music, with a keen ear for melodic raps. OutKast, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The-Dream, and KiD CuDi are among his primary influences. Hailing from Raleigh, NC, he grew up singing in church choir and listening to Kanye West. In school, he spent his time freestyling and writing poetry until his passion for music evolved into full blown obsession. He co-founded indie label Halliburton Productions in early 2015 and moved to Los Angeles, CA to develop his sound. He wrote 100+ tracks over 18 months as potential cuts for his debut project, Not Rich Yet. He released his debut LP on Nov. 1, 2016, and quickly caught traction. With no major label support, he has racked up 2M+ streams on Spotify alone. His single “Magic,” a collaboration with dirty south producer Kountdown, organically landed on two staple Spotify playlists, Discover Weekly and Hip-Hop Central.
While his songs fit most neatly in the category of hip-hop, he rails against categorization, adopting the moniker “genre killer.” He writes about hustle and determination, as well as the importance of positivity and self-love. His follow-up EP, Love Rx, debuted at #39 on the iTunes R&B/Soul charts in May 2017. Clyde has never been short on drive or business savvy. Not Rich Yet divulged not only a deep self-awareness and self-confidence, but a ruthless work ethic. That coupled with his creative and strategic thoughtfulness will make him a musical force to be reckoned with in the coming years.