Nbf_Quay is the founder and artist of NBF Entertainment (Nothing But Family) which consists of a record label and clothing line hailing the same name.
The artist is known for his mesmerizing and melodic hooks and verses as
featured on Michigan Anthem- Born and Raised in Michigan- https://youtu.be/b8baybLbRKU
This EP will be a follow-up to the critically acclaimed EP No Chaser which you can check out at the link below
We had the amazing opportunity of sitting down with NBFQuay to discuss music, his creativity along with his plans for the future.
What inspired you to get your start in music?
Growing up as a native of Detroit, I was fortunate to be immersed in a city renowned for its distinctive music style and an abundance of exceptional talent. From the schools I attended in my neighborhood and even within my own family, the presence of musical prowess was palpable. It was almost impossible not to be captivated and inspired by the musical energy that surrounded me. As a result, my interest in music naturally developed, and I began to explore my own creative abilities in this realm. Witnessing numerous local artists from Detroit rise to become world-renowned figures only fueled my motivation to pursue my own musical aspirations.
The success stories of these artists served as constant reminders that dreams can be turned into reality with hard work and determination. Seeing their journeys unfold, I felt compelled to keep pushing forward, honing my skills, and striving for excellence. The vibrant music scene of Detroit became a constant source of inspiration, spurring me to embrace my own unique voice and contribute to the legacy that this city has fostered.
The wealth of talent in Detroit not only shaped my musical journey but also instilled a deep sense of pride in my roots. I am grateful for the opportunities and the creative environment that Detroit provided me, and I continue to carry the city’s rich musical heritage with me as I forge my own path in the industry.
Tell us about growing up in Detroit, How has the motor city impacted who you are as an artist?
Growing up in Detroit was a transformative experience for me, filled with cherished family moments and unforgettable memories. Music, acting as the constant soundtrack to my life, played a pivotal role in shaping who I am today. While Detroit is renowned as the Motor City, it also holds the distinction of being the home of Motown, the birthplace of many music greats. This city’s deep-rooted musical heritage influenced me profoundly. I was fortunate to witness the emergence of global icons like Aaliyah, who not only left an indelible mark on the music industry but also created an atmosphere of creativity within the city. The impact of music extended beyond Motown, encompassing the realm of rap as well. Detroit has produced remarkable talents such as Blade Icewood, Cheddar Boys, Big Sean, Eminem, Proof, J Dilla, Xzibit, Mc Breed, and Big Herk, whose contributions have resonated far beyond the city limits. As I reflect on my adolescence, I realize that music served as the soundtrack to countless memories, shaping my identity and fueling my passion for creativity.
What challenges did you have to overcome to get where you are today?
Just sticking to not rapping a certain way to mimic another artist who became successful and finding my own sound without taking that shortcut. Also, the challenges of dealing with many platforms seeking to capitalize off of indie artists without it being beneficial for the artist- and creating a buzz for myself.
What has been the most rewarding part of your journey?
Being able to perform, and having platforms like this and other notable platforms Spotlight me and my music. Thank You! Dropping my first EP No Chaser and getting critically acclaimed reviews, and support. Forming N.B.F and dropping merch.
If you could tribute your career to one person or thing who would be and why?
I have to tribute my career to my supporters, they keep me going and motivated.
What tips do you have for aspiring artists looking to get their start in entrepreneurship?
- Be yourself and always get better.
- Do something every day towards your dream.
- Always learn ways that Make what you do more efficient.
- Never stop investing in yourself and your craft.
- Keep going, the main thing is don’t panic.
What does success look like for you?
Alive…Being further than I was a year ago and Better than I was yesterday.
What is next for you?
No Chaser II
More videos and projects
Currently, my song ” Born and Raised in Michigan” ft Boss Bread is in the running to be on the soundtrack of Dame Dash’s new movie “The Prince of Detroit ” and you can help by voting here-https://orbiiit.com/contests/3d19849e-42ac-4be3-b986-f4dca18e5ea3/rounds/052847c8-94c4-4b3b-ac36-a9322c3f4dc8
What is your definition of a Man who hustles?
Me….lol. Putting in work to hold me and my loved ones down NOW while simultaneously putting in work to create my legacy for the future.
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