who is Clyde Kelly?
Hailing from Sanford, NC, Clyde Kelly grew up singing in church choir, listening to rap and indie rock. In school, he spent his time freestyling and writing poetry until his passion for music evolved into more than a hobby. He co-founded an independent label, Halliburton Productions, in early 2015 and spent 18 months developing his sound, writing 100+ tracks as potential cuts for his debut project, Not Rich Yet.
With little promotional support and no major label involvement, he racked up 1M+ streams on Spotify within 4 months of its release (November 1st, 2016). The fan-favorite single, “Magic,” was featured on a video blog by Gary Vaynerchuk, and subsequently placed on two staple Spotify playlists, Discover Weekly and Hip-Hop Central. The song peaked at #9 on the Spotify Viral 50 chart.
His follow up EP, LRx, debuted at #39 on the iTunes R&B/Soul chart in May 2017. With coverage on The Daily Pennsylvanian, DJBooth.net, HipHopDX.com, and SOHH.com, the word continued to spread.
He released one song a month all 2018, and combined the 12 singles into his most recent project, Side Hustle, which debuted at #28 on the iTunes hip-hop/rap charts.