Yelawolf

"I'm honest about everything. This story that I have lived has connected with the fans. Kids understand what I am talking about, they live in the same world."

“I’m honest about everything. This story that I have lived has connected with the fans. Kids understand what I am talking about, they live in the same world.”

In 2013, Yelawolf will follow up his well-received album Radioactive, with his next studio release, Love Story. His former record is something he is very proud of, but his new album was made with a different set of priorities. Radioactive was created specifically to be played on the radio and to achieve commercial success. Love Story might have a harder time finding a mainstream audience, and the rapper has no problem with that.

“With Love Story, I care a lot less about what the industry thinks. Radioactive was my take on radio, and that sound. I’m very proud of the last album, but with the next one, it’s much more personal. I’m not caring what the fuck the radio thinks with Love Story. The last one was for the radio…they don’t get to fuck with my next album,” he says passionately.

Regardless if Yelawolf is making an album for the masses, or himself, what he represents with his music never changes. The Alabama born rapper has a past that includes a mother who was only 15 years his senior and a dad who was absent during most of his upbringing. The artist never wants to lose sight of the fans that support him, because he understands who they are and what they want.

“I don’t represent golf (laughs). I represent crystal meth labs, people who are puffin on glue, kids who listen to Pantera and NWA, that’s the fucked up shit I represent.”

It may seem like the MC from the South epitomizes nothing but darkness and despair, but he promises there is more to his life than just anguish. There may be a time when Yelawolf will focus on the more upbeat moments from his past, but for now, he is choosing to communicate a more harsh reality.

“Not everything was dark and ugly in my life. I know what love is, I know what hate is. What you have to have, as an artist, is knowledge of self. You have to have the ability to tell the truth. This is the brutal truth.”

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