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Felicia Kid Konversations//Shannon Clay

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I did a live podcast last Fall with the Black Beard Bastards, and what they do is go over local talent. They invited me to their show, and even though I’m far from a music critic, I agreed to drop by. So as we are listening to music, they come to this girl Shannon, I was like WHO THE FUCK IS THAT SHE IS BOMB! If you’re a woman and you on your shit I’m already a fan, period. So fast forward to now, I asked her to do an interview and I was hype that she said yes.

I have to ask you first, rapping or singing?

As much as I enjoy rapping, I prefer being a singer. Now, that’s not to say that I don’t do songs with rapping included! In fact, I have many songs where I am singing and rapping on them; I call that Sapping! (LOL) For me, everyone wants to be a rapper and that’s cool.  But being a singer/songwriter is a different place for me. I get to colorfully, melodically tell stories of my life’s experiences or of the experiences of people that I know!

The first time I heard you I was like yesssss how did you get into the music industry?

I grew up writing.  I have been writing poems, songs and short stories since about 1993 or 94. I used to get on punishments, long punishments all the time for the stupid shit I used to do like putting  my rodded ponytail in the family’s microwave, not putting the dishes, missing curfew or climbing out the window or stealing the keys and sneaking outside to be with all the other kids on the block…oh and those couple of times I snuck my (then boyfriend) baby daddy in the house. Since I was stuck in the house all the time I would spend that time writing. When I was about 17, I wrote a song for a friend and I for a talent show that was held at the Golden Dome on the West Side of Chicago. We won, third place I believe.  After that I started writing more songs and raps. I used to hang with my buddy, Brian Geans (RIP) of the block (Division & Menard) and he and his friends used to rap. So, my lil goofy ass started writing raps and oh my goodness they were so hardcore. Like a dude.  Hell, I wrote a bogus rap because I was mad at my mama! LOL At that age though, music wasn’t fruitful for me even though I dated a producer. Years down the line, I began a job working for Illinicare and I met this woman who happens to be the mother of a fellow classmate from Rezin Orr High School in Chicago. At that time, I had just finished writing a screenplay. She was telling me that her son does videography and maybe we could work together on something. We started working on the movie and we were going to have former Death Row artist, Danny Boy Steward as the starring male role. Danny move to ATL so we didn’t get the movie off the ground. BUT I have that script copy-written with the US Gov site thingy. So how the music began now…though I had been singing in the church and school choirs forever…It wasn’t until my videographer/High School buddy took me to the studio with him one day. That was the day that I met my manager DJ QBALL (CEO of The Control Room Studios Music Group, DJ for Crucial Conflict, Core DJ). When I met QBALL I still had the songs that I had written back in ’97. I got inspired to start back writing music. Anthony Gordon, my high school buddy/videographer, was the first and only person to show me how to find beats on YouTube and it was on from there. My first single, “HOLLYLOO”, was released on all streaming platforms on 4/11/2016 and the doors started swinging open from my first release. I joined QBALL and CRSMG and we have been making music since!! I have taken my musical performances to Chicago, Illinois; Elkhart, South Bend and Kokomo, Indiana; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Detroit, Michigan; Cleveland, Ohio; Atlanta, Georgia (twice), Miami, Florida and I will be going to perform in Las Vegas in August. But stay on the look out for more dates and places too. I have appeared on IHeart Radio’s: Drive at 5 with Roman Morrow, Power 92 Raw Radio with Seandale, Power 104.3 Kokomo, IN. w/Core DJ ABREEZE and DJ JCUTTA, WSMK 99.1 with Danny Mac and numerous internet radio shows, even being put in rotation! Shannon Clay is HERE!

For the people that don’t know, tell us where you’re from..and what is it like being an artist in your city.

So I was born and raised in Chicago. Being an artist in my city, hmm…I guess its ok, but you gotta remember everybody in Chicago is an artist (rolls eyes).  Its different for me being a singer so it’s easier being excepted especially having good/real music to offer, plus I’m cute, sexy and friendly but I’m also not one to be toyed with. I am my biggest defender and my main priority is to make sure I’M GOOD in all instances. But being a singer in Chicago is pretty cool but I get so much love from people everywhere! I have shirts and music in two different parts of Australia!! I’m Shannon Clay OF/FROM Chicago, not an “Chicago Artist”. My gifts are INTERNATIONAL! 😊

Is it true that this business is male dominated?

When it comes to domination, do I think its male dominated? Hmm. I think I will agree that it is. As with anything else, men tend to be more assertive in the music business. I think, sometimes, women may be seen as objects in music. Men run the music business, even independently, only because more women are not stepping out starting their own thing (though some boss bitches have). Musically though, I would love to see the RIGHT KIND of female presence in the music world.

So, Shannon what do you have coming up?

On April 30th I released my latest single titled “Yeah”! Yeah is available on all streaming media as well! It debuted in Miami at G5IVE and the stripper clapped her ass like THUNDA…BUCKED NAKED all over me while my song played and everyone watched in excitement and anticipation!! So yeah, my next move is to come up with some HOT ASS visuals to match this twerk song! Its for the ladies AND the fellas, YA HEARD ME!! DON’T STOP, GET IT, GET IT!! I’m currently touring the country with Core DJ KING ROBB and the Small Town Big Dreams Tour. As stated earlier, we just returned from a weekend of performances in Miami/Hollywood, FL and our next stop is Las Vegas in August…which is my birthday month (in case you haven’t figured out that I’m a Leo). There are more dates and places scheduled such as North Carolina and NYC just to name a few. In between time, I am working on rolling out my next designs for my single “YEAH” (stream it!) I’ve began pressing the different variety of “Yeah” merchandise. I have created hoodies, tees and even a dress that I can’t wait to rock! Next, I will be printing bandannas, hats…hell, maybe some panties that say “POP THAT SHIT” and towels that say “WASH THAT SHIT”. *Inserts shrug…hell, I don’t know what I’ll create next…but for now….Shannon Clay, OUT!



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BeyHive Has No Chill

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The BeyHive is outta control. Jay-Z and Beyonce were sitting court side with billionaire team owner, Joseph Lacob and his wife Nicole. Beyonce appears to slightly irritated and Nicole is leaned over her talking to Jay. Apparently she is asking him what he wants with his vodka, if you watch the video closely you can read his lips. The BeyHive took to social media to bully this woman for talking to Jay-Z. Nicole was so upset about them telling her to kill herself that she deleted her Instagram page. Beyoncé’s publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure made a post basically telling Beyoncé’s stans to chill the fuck out. I think that whole BeyHive shit is embarrassing. Jay-z and Beyonce have working relationships with people and with the BeyHive saying ignorant shit to people why would anybody want to work with them let alone be seen talking to them. I’ve always wondered if Beyonce will tell her fans to stop with all the bullying because it makes no sense at all. I get it, Nicole Curran is a grown ass billionaire ass woman but still at the end of the day the Hive is super annoying and Beyonce was her guest. I hope her publicist making that post helps. 

 

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SZA vs Sephora

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Recently, SZA was accused of stealing at a Sephora store in Calabasas, CA. Security followed her, they had words, she tweeted about it, and Sephora apologized. SZA has been a model for Fenty Beauty, so Rihanna sent her a gift card, I wonder how much was on that card?? Sephora also closed locations for 1 hour to have diversity training for its employees. I’m very sick of this narrative. Why are we steady getting racially profiled when we go into stores and restaurants. Seems like everytime some racial situations happen, they hold a “Let’s Learn How To Treat Black People Class” and then we’re supposed to be over it. I’m not too happy about this situation, but on the same token I’ve ran out of Fenty lipgloss and they are the only store who has it and I don’t want to order online because I need it now! Get it together, Sephora.  

 

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I’m Done Blogging About Celebrities

 

 

For very obvious reasons I have recently become overly obsessed with Michael Jackson. I mean I’ve always been a fan, but for the past week I’ve been “looking” for something. Something to show me the real Michael. Not the superstar, not the person with all this scandal, not the grown man who had an amusement park in his backyard, but the real him, inside. Michael Jackson was my first love. I fell in love with him when I was 5 years old. I knew the entire “Thriller” routine, I could do those dances with my eyes closed. I was glued to MTV everytime he was on there. Every commercial, every music video, I was infatuated with Michael Jackson. He’s been in my life for 37 years, but I’ve never really sat down and tried to understand him. This post might be kinda long so bare with me... For those who don’t know, I just want to  explain a few things about Michael Jackson. We all know that he was the lead singer of The Jackson 5, and that his father, Joseph, was very abusive. If any one of them would do a dance step wrong they would get beat, thrown against the wall, or told to just “do it like Michael.” He wasn’t allowed to play with other children, or do anything simple like go to the movies. The recording studio was across the street from a park and he used to cry because he wanted to go play, I saw Suzanne de Passe (Motown) say that he literally did not have a childhood. When he was a teenager, his father and brothers would tease him because he had very severe acne, telling him he was ugly, and they would make fun of the size of his nose, calling him “Nose”. That makes me wonder if that’s why he changed his face. He had one nose job, of course, and then I think from all the years of being teased he was just never happy with his appearance and he just went way too far. We all know that he was shy, but he was also very smart. 

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He would spend time alone reading, and thinking about his future, which leads me to believe he manifested his whole career. I want to get to the point because I will go on and on lol so I’m done with blogging about celebrities and this is why. It’s only three months into this year and we have had three major stories on three Black men. R Kelly, Jussie Smollett, and Michael Jackson. Now, I’m not gon front, I was into ALL OF IT. Borderline obsessed because that’s how Virgos are, we want every detail and we not gon rest until we find it.  But I was starting to see certain stuff, we’re on social media arguing with each other, against one another, and it’s too much. I, well all of us, have to be careful of what information we take in. All the hours I’ve spent on social media arguing about rather R Kelly is broke or not I could’ve been working on my website. The time I spent playing Inspector Gadget on Jussie Smollett I could have been playing with my kids. Then when this new shit with Michael Jackson came up Im like that’s it, I’m not doing this. I don’t know if he’s guilty or not, the F.B.I followed this man for 10 years and found no evidence to convict him, but we let two men who said UNDER OATH that Michael Jackson did nothing to either of them, try to tell us a story over 15 years later.  I’m not about to try to process every piece of information that’s all over the news and I’m not about to let another person tell me what I should and should not feel. If the media wants to convict these men then that’s on them put I refuse to take part in it. I’m done. Michael Jackson has been dead for 10 years and regardless of what anyone thinks he is the most talented entertainer that we will ever see in this life. Period. My goal is not to argue with people on Facebook about what someone else did, especially when there is no concrete evidence. So, as of right now, I will no longer talk about celebrities on Facebook. I mean, it used to be a time where I was really the only one doing it, but now too many people do it, they don’t fact check or anything, or they tag me to argue. Nope, yaw can have that. Something is definitely happening to our culture, three men, in three months. I’m not one of those “woke” people but I’m not a damn fool either. ...so pay attention. 

 

 

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