Alabama native Yelawolf is projected to release his second album with Shady Records later this year. “Love Story” will precede his debut album with Shady Records, “Radioactive” in November 2011, which debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200. Radioactive included hits like “Let’s Roll” featuring Kid Rock, which is now known across the state as an anthem for Alabama pride.
Yelawolf is currently signed to Shady Records Ghet-O-Vision, Interscope his own independent label Slumerican. He has been releasing music since 2005 with his first studio album “Creek Water”.
Covered in tattoos from head to toe and currently rocking a beard and grill, Yelawolf’s style is like no one else’s. Between his quick raps and Southern flow he brings out in his music, Yelawolf is definitely making his own lane in the music industry. Yelawolf, also a skateboarder, brings the skating culture to life with his songs.
He’s the first white rapper to be signed to Eminem’s Shady records, which is an achievement in itself. For legendary rapper Eminem to back you up and sign you, you must have some real talent.
He didn’t keep quiet in between. Since “Radioactive,” Yela has collaborated with different musicians on albums. Some projects include “The Slumdon Bridge” with Ed Sheeran and “Psycho White” with drummer Travis Barker, mostly known for his drum work in Blink-182.
Yelawolf has also released two mix tapes since “Radioactive,” both featuring original music. “Heart of Dixie” was produced by Tuscaloosa’s own M-16 and includes 10 original tracks from the duo.
He recently released a follow-up to “Trunk Muzik,” “Trunk Muzik Returns,” under Slumerican. The mix tape is produced by Supahotbeats and features selections from Killer Mike, Raekwon, Big Henry and ASAP Rocky.
Even with all of the music under his belt, he still finds time for his other love: skateboarding. Growing up in skating culture, he pens in many references to the sport in his songs, even going for a career as a professional. He recently released a series of Trunk Muzik Returns skateboards.
That’s not all Yela has dipped his hand into. He also has co-directed the music video for his song “Way Out” of TMR. And it doesn’t stop there – Country Fresh is his clothing line with Travis Barker’s Famous Stars and Straps.
With legendary supporters like Eminem, Raekwon, Bun B and Big Boi, Yelawolf has gained the credibility to make it far in the rap game. And with an increasing fan base around the world known as the Wolfpack, “Love Story” is one of his most anticipated albums to date.
He feels like he let his fans down with “Radioactive” because of the label’s influence on the record. For “Love Story,” Yela kept himself away from the media and buckled down in his studio in Nashville, Tenn., to get it done. He promises something special for music lovers. For this album, he really wanted get back to his own work and not try and please anyone. All he wants to do is put out what he thinks is an incredible album and whatever people think, they can be their own judge.
With all of his success he has never forgotten where he’s come from, and he represents Alabama in everything he does, letting out a “Roll Tide” in several of his songs.