Michael Wayne Atha born December 30, , better known by his stage name Yelawolf , is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and business owner. The same year would see Yelawolf sign a record deal with Interscope Records. In January , Yelawolf signed a recording deal with Eminem 's record label , Shady Records ,  and released his second studio album, Radioactive on November 21, The album debuted at number 27 on the Billboard His third album, Love Story , was released on April 21, His fourth album, Trial by Fire , was released on October 27, His sixth studio album, Ghetto Cowboy , and first independent studio album since signing to Eminem's imprint, was released on October 31, He has described himself as "[representing] the people that are the core of America".
He spent much of his time in Antioch, Tennessee , and attended Carter Lawrence Middle School in Nashville , which was located near housing projects. He says that during that time, "hip hop started making sense to me. That's where hip hop made sense culturally. Regarding his stage name and persona, Yelawolf has said that his father is Cherokee though none of the sources confirm this , but also that he's "always been … just white.
After his elimination from the show, he released his independent debut album Creekwater in , later the same year he released his debut mixtape Pissin' in a Barrel of Beez. The album was never released, and Yelawolf was dropped from the label later that year.
Bobby and Stereo: A Hip Hop Tribute to Classic Rock , both of which went mainly unnoticed, although Stereo is often mentioned by fans as some of his best work. Released in January , the mixtape created an enormous online following for Yelawolf. Later that year, Yelawolf signed a major record deal with Interscope Records ,  and began to work on a re-release of the project, titled Trunk Muzik It was released on November 22, , under Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and Interscope Records , which became his most acclaimed work at that time.
In March , after speculation of a joint record deal with Eminem, Yelawolf was featured on the cover of XXL 's March issue, with Eminem and fellow new Shady Records signees Slaughterhouse , with the issue confirming his record deal with Shady Records.
The song was leaked in early July, although it only featured unfinished vocals by Cyhi da Prynce at the end of the song. The song was later scrapped and no longer appeared on the album. Yelawolf partnered up with the video game Driver: San Francisco to release a music video for the song "No Hands" which was supposed to be included in Radioactive , but was later scrapped. On August 8, , Yelawolf released the first official single from his album, titled " Hard White Up in the Club ", which features guest vocals from a southern hip hop producer Lil Jon.
The album's release date was moved down to October , and later had a final release date to November 21, Anticipation for the album increased when hip hop magazine The Source gave the album a rare 4. Radioactive , was released November 21, under Interscope Records and Shady Records , debuting the following week at 13 on Billboard On January 31, , a trailer for the EP was released, it featured both artists in a studio recording the EP. In the video Yelawolf revealed the EP was recorded in 10 hours, and included 4 tracks.
The Slumdon Bridge , which was released as a free download on Valentine's Day, February 14, , marking Yelawolf's second EP, and his first collaborative project. The song was produced by Alabama producer M With the track, Yelawolf announced his fifth official mixtape Heart of Dixie. After several push-backs, the EP was finally released on November 13, Debuting at 24 on Billboard with first week sales of 15, Yelawolf stated that all the tracks on the album will have a music video and during an article with Rolling Stone , both he and Barker hinted at a sequel to the EP.
On March 20, , Yelawolf announced that recording sessions for his third studio album began in June , titled Love Story. During an interview with DJ Skee , he revealed that a sequel to his 's mixtape Trunk Muzik , titled Trunk Muzik Returns , would be released in August after "the dust settles on the Heart of Dixie" but was afterwards delayed. In December , Yelawolf addressed the status of all of his projects in an interview. Yelawolf also said that Trunk Muzik Returns would hopefully released in February , with the date later confirmed.
On February 5, , Yelawolf released the first song from Trunk Muzik Returns , "Way Out" and announced a release date of March 14, for the mixtape. During the interview Yelawolf stated Love Story would be released in May ,  however the album was delayed until April Between then, Yelawolf remained active promoting the album, releasing weekly freestyles that sampled rock classics such as Pink Floyd 's " Money ".
In addition, Yelawolf also featured extensively on Eminem 's compilation record Shady XV , which was released as a celebration of the label's year anniversary. Eminem is the only featured guest on Love Story and also serves as an executive producer alongside Yelawolf. This album also marks the first instance of Yelawolf as a record producer since his first independent album Creekwater and features Till It's Gone , Yelawolf's most commercially successful song to date.
The album debuted 3 on the American Billboard  with 61, copies sold in its first week. On August 25, , Yelawolf was mired in controversy when he decided to defend the Confederate flag  before reconsidering his stance and entirely rejecting the flag with a non-album track titled "To Whom It May Concern" on October 30, After the controversy was settled on September 22, , Yelawolf announced his fourth studio album, Trial by Fire.
Towards the end of , Yelawolf was seen working with South Florida-based producer and constant collaborator Jim Jonsin , although what they worked on remained a secret.
October 10, , the surprise free EP , Hotel was released. The first two singles from Trial by Fire , "Daylight" and "Shadows" featuring country singer Joshua Headley were released in late The incident was followed by an altercation with a fan at the Sacramento show resulting in Yelawolf leaving the stage and cancelling the remaining seven dates.
After his release towards the end of December, Yelawolf announced via social media that he was dropping the "Yelawolf" stage name in favor of his birth name, the removed Instagram post announced "I decided to sober up and rebrand my new music as Michael Wayne Atha MWA".
During this time, Yelawolf also drastically changed his country style to a contemporary hip hop image, before retreating from public life for over six months. On June 6, , Yelawolf announced a return to the music scene with the release of the third single for Trial by Fire titled "Row Your Boat",  with his "Yelawolf" moniker once again in use. During the tour, Yelawolf would re-visit all the venues that were cancelled during his previous tour, free of charge to those who had bought a ticket for the former. After multiple delays, Trial by Fire was finally released on October 27, Trunk Muzik III , the third major project in the Trunk Muzik series, was first hinted at in mid, following Yelawolf's return to the music scene after a prolonged break.
On July 27, Yelawolf began a date tour to support the album. The album features a collaboration from Machine Gun Kelly on the track titled "Rowdy", marking the end to a feud between Yelawolf and Machine Gun Kelly that began in A move many of his fans and fellow Eminem associates considered treacherous and unloyal. However, the song gained attention when it was mentioned in another publicized feud between Kelly and Yelawolf's record label boss, Eminem.
On the diss track " Rap Devil ", Machine Gun Kelly states "And don't be a sucker and take my verse off of Yelawolf's album, thank you".
Following the period between the completion of Trunk Muzik III and its release, Yelawolf hinted he was beginning work on his sixth studio album, titled Ghetto Cowboy. This would mark his first album to not be released under the Shady Records label, but instead under his own independent label, Slumerican.
The first single from the record, titled "Unnatural Born Killer" was released on August 9, The Guardian reported that "In contrast to the gilded cage of privilege inhabited by Jay-Z and Kanye West, Yelawolf depicts everyday rural poverty with the evocative precision of a master storyteller". He is noted for his distinct style that ranges from American gothic to gore, the "richness and invention of his language" and range of his vocal style "from beer-swilling rowdiness to a crawling, contemptuous sibilance".
He has said that he feels he represents "not the ideal American" but those Americans that he calls the core: "I love the grit of who we really are. He has stated on multiple occasions that the group's two seminal albums, ATLiens and Aquemeni , are among his favorite hip-hop records of all time.
A , among others. Slumerican is an American independent record label specializing in hip-hop music. It is also responsible for helping launch the career of Rittz. The label also partakes in extensive merchandising, as well as spearheading a premium flagship store in Nashville, Tennessee. In July , Yelawolf got engaged to his girlfriend recording artist Fefe Dobson. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American rapper from Alabama. Hip hop rap rock. Main article: Love Story Yelawolf album. Main article: Trial by Fire Yelawolf album.
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