Meet Clay James

Roland Henderson-St. Paul

Grinders Magazine




R: Tell Me About Yourself. How did you become CLAY JAMES?

CJ: I was born in the city of Atlanta and raised in Savannah, GA. I attended Georgia State University where I started rapping. Eventually I started getting booked at college shows such as Georgia Tech, UGA and all the Atlanta area based schools started to pay attention.The track landed in the hands of the folks behind Atlanta hip-hop station HOT 107.9’s show Battleground with J Nicks from the “Durty Boyz”. I won battlegrounds week after week to the point they had to retire it off the air. I began to realize that a career as a professional musician could be worth the dedication and time and from there, it took off, with touring and playing noteworthy festivals throughout the country.

R: How did you get up with Snoop Dogg?

CJ: My hard work paid off at South by Southwest. A packed schedule had me performing at numerous showcases throughout the week. I did this show called ‘Black Auerbach and Friends,’”.Basically, I performed, and affiliates of Snoop Dogg came up on the side of the stage and told me they liked my sound, came to the rest of my shows and we ended up kickin’ it for the rest of the week.


R: Who influenced your sense of style ?

CJ: I can take this back all the way to my college days. I used to go up to the shoe store by Georgia State and get all the gear, all the clothes I used to stay fresh. I had a dope story to tell, a dope look and a lot of girls liked me and because I crossed Kappa Alpha Psi, ( Killer Kappa Theta).  I wanted to be looked at differently from my peers. I looked at Louis Vuitton Don ( Old KanYe), Fonzworth Bentley, Andre 3000, etc. I wanted to give off the elegance of the Great Gasby.


R: What motivated you to become who you are today ?

CJ : Ultimately, I got bored with school. I was considering dropping out and I almost joined the air force but my frat brothers convinced me to stay in school. They told me I had a great story to tell and girls liked me so why not. By the end of the week, I was in the studio and I made my first mixtape The College Dropout : CJ The Fly Guy


R: How Did the Southern Playaz become one ?

CJ :. I always knew of “Sweet Tooth”. I respected his pimpin’. We saw each other doing our thing at our respective schools and that’s how we knew about each other. We actually met at the studio. As I was leaving, he was coming in. So once we got in the studio we just clicked.


R: How do you plan to use your platform to impact what’s going on in the community ?

CJ: I want to be a emblem of  masculinity and real playa boss shit. I’m not too fond of the skinny jeans and purses. That makes the black man look soft.


R: Does your fashion fuel your music ?

CJ: The fashion most definitely fuels the music for me. When I walk in the room I know I’m different. I like to be thought of as a Classic Man.


R: Where does your taste in music come from?

CJ: Growing up my mother worked at the radio station. His mother listened to the likes of Marvin Gaye as she cleaned the house as a youngin’. In 2010, everything came out of me. I listen to all the greats, Hov, Pac, UGK, Outkast, Boosie, etc. The Geechie stuff is just where I’m from. I like that too.


R: Who do you look to inspire in your everyday walk of life ?

CJ: People who are comfortable in their own skin.


R: What does black excellence mean to you ?

To be a good example in the community. To keep kickin’ flavor in style even if we don’t get credit for it. Move forward as a unified front, Black Magic.


The Beautiful Laura Dore

unnamedWe had the opportunity to sit down and learn more about Miss Dore !

Any Town USA : Where are you from?

Laura Dore:

I’m from Austin , TX

Any Town USA: What is Austin like?

Laura Dore :

Austin is laid back. Its real relaxed with good people and amazing food and vibes. A sneaker and bar hopping place. Not pretentious.

Any Town USA :How did you get to be apart or Kay Slays Straight Stunning Team

Laura Dore:

I initially met him when my ex-boyfriend was shooting for the cover and then I reached out some years later to see if he’d be open to working with me.

Any Town USA : What’s it like working with DJ Kay Slay?

Laura Dore:

I love working with Kay. He always has great business advice and is one of the most professional people I’ve worked with.

Any Town USA : Have you ever had any crazy fan experience if so what happened?

Laura Dore :

I’ve had some great fan experiences. I’ve had people send me tattoos they got of me-mind blown. Never thought I’d get that type of support.

Any Town USA: Are men Intimidated by you?

Laura Dore:

I think men don’t know what to make of me lol. I’m kind of a tomboy

Any Town Usa :What is the worst pick up line or attempted have you experienced?

Laura Dore:

” When we going shopping” is a pretty creepy one lol. The ” let me be rude so I’m different and standout” approach is pretty lame too

Any Town USA :Do you have any hidden talents your fans might not know about?

Laura Dore:

I played the violin from first grade through high school

Any Town USA :What’s next for you?

Laura Dore:

I have a couple projects in the works but I want to surprise everyone lol.

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