It’s now official. One of our favorite new artists – the rapid-fire Alabama-bred rapper Yelawolf, nee Michael Wayne Atha – is finally kicking off his upcoming album proper “Radioactive” with a flagship single next week called “Hard White (Up In The Club),” featuring Lil Jon.
The album follows his recent mixtape anthology “Trunk Muzik 0-60,” and is being released on no less than Eminem’s hip vanity imprint, Shady Records.
Currently cannonballing across America on the Vans Warped Tour, Yelawolf also shows up in Travis Barker’s new video for “Let’s Go,” alongside Busta Rhymes, Twista and the seemingly ubiquitous Lil Jon.
And Yelawolf – who spits with cobra-quick venom – is the real Good Ole Boy deal. Raised in Gadsden, Ala., he started drinking beer as a toddler, wound up living the skate-punk life in Berkeley for a while, and even found death-defying work on an Alaskan fishing boat.
His hometown could be warm, but also cold and unforgiving.
“There was a meth lab behind my house, and it exploded one night,” he recalls. “And the girl who was in here cooking? It melted her face off. And there was an old man around town who just straight-up shot a bunch of people, peppered ‘em just for being on his property. And I’ve been shot for picking mushrooms out of folks’ fields. But besides all the dirt and all the dark, ugly s**t, there’s still a really cool Southern hospitality. Like ‘We love you. But don’t f**k around’.”
Tune in here for more on “Radioactive”, or visit www.yelawolf.com.