Rapper preps new projects to arrive in divine time
“I feel so awake,” Correy Parks raps on “Alive,” which surfaced in a nutritional supplement company's commercial in early May. “I feel like I finally know that it's mine; this feeling is great.”
Written last summer, the song was inspired by an epiphany of sorts.
“I felt like I was coming into my power,” said Parks, who will perform as part of Flyover Fest at Spacebar on Friday, May 12. “I feel I've always been a very timid and introverted person and almost belittling myself to make other people feel more powerful. But then I came to this realization that I can't shy away from my power. I have to recognize my strengths.”
The year 2016 was certainly a demonstration of Parks' capabilities; he performed as part of Alive's Band's to Watch showcase, dropped The Road Less Traveled EP and landed interviews with MTV and The Fader — to name just a few highlights.
“It was definitely a great buzz. … But I also saw how almost hollow that was,” said Parks, who noticed some people weren't interested in sticking around as he continued to grow as an artist. “I didn't rush music … so I gained a lot of fans and then I lost a good amount, too.”
Timing and strategy are extremely important considerations for the artist, who is known to distribute “secret mixtapes” to a limited audience or drop one-off tracks like the sultry double-single “Enchilada/club 5d” released in March — usually with little promotion.
“I'm very lax on advertising myself,” Parks said. “If you want to hear it, you'll find it.” In fact, following industry “rules,” like gaining the attention of the “right” blogs and attending the “right” shows, is not appealing to the rapper.
“There's people doing all of those steps and not getting anywhere,” he said. “Because it's not up to you. It's when God says.”
Parks often explores spirituality in his projects, and he'll feature the topic again in one of two forthcoming EPs, which aims to express the positive side of each of the “seven deadly sins.”
“For gluttony, the way I spun it was like if you're feeding off someone's energy [and] you really like someone … that's almost a good form of gluttony,” he said.
Parks' other EP will include songs about his relationships with women, which he will release over Pharrell's instrumentals — accessed online — in hopes of catching the superstar producer's attention.
Parks said Flyover Fest attendees can expect to hear some of the new material, along with older classics. And he still has intentions of completing his first-ever full-length album when the time is right.
“I want to make it a really broad project,” he said. “So the album's gonna take a lot more focus.”
“I'm also working on things that don't relate to music,” Parks continued, citing the current political climate and referencing some personal plans to create new infrastructures in response.
“I want to build systems. I want to have things in place for people to find their passions,” he said.
And Parks is no longer hesitant to share his lofty ambitions, which can, in turn, inspire others.
“I really tell people I'm going to be a billionaire,” he said. “And when I manifest it … I want to blow people's minds, like, ‘Let me show you how powerful you really are.'”