Interview: Yelawolf on Old School Rock & Roll
by Daniel Haim
Now it’s not everyday that you come across a skateboarding, white rapper from Alabama who loves Old School Rock & Roll and has everyone from Raekwon to Juelz Santanato Slim Thug co-signing him. As a matter of fact, I’d wager to say you have never come across this before, but I bet you’re interested! Welcome to the wild wild world of Yelawolf.
In a recent review of the new single “Mixin Up The Medicine” (Juelz Santana feat. Yelawolf) The NY Times describes his flow as “glorious”. This up and coming Southern Rapper is bringing something new to the game and from the looks of it… The world is ready for the big dose. To hear more popping music head right over to Yelawolf’s Myspace by clicking right hereMyspace.com/yelawolf and if you want to catch up with the latest do follow his tweets on twitter.com/yelawolf.
Daniel: Yelawolf! It’s safe to say that 2009 has been a good year for you right?
Yelawolf: 2009 was a big year for me on the underground. Did a sh*t ton of shows.. Made some major strides as far as being heard with “I Run“, the Slim Thug record that Jim Jonsin produced and put on and “Mixin Up The Medicine” that Kane Beats produced and invited me on.. And I made the best decision of my career in the last 2 months of 09.. And that was recording TRUNKMUZIK!
Daniel: There’s so much buzz going for you these days. Tell us about some of the cool relationships that you have forged over the past couple of months.
Yelawolf: Well seeing as though I get to have conversations with one of my inspirations, Raekwon, shit is cool as hell. And now I got records with Bun B, Diamond, and Juelz Santana, who I now consider a friend, I’m kinda just on a real high.. But that being said, my team is the same.. KP, Bear, Malay, Jdot WillPower Ghet-O-Vision
Daniel: What was it like working with Juelz Santana?
Yelawolf: Juelz is a cool ass dude, period. I can see why he’s been so successful. He treats people with respect and appreciates other artist he embraces the South which is extra cool.. It was an honor to be a part of one of his records he was cool enough to invite me out for the video and I’ll always honor that – good people!
Daniel: Your new mix tape was just released a couple days ago! Congratulations, and tell me what are your hopes , thoughts about the album?
Yelawolf: Hopefully, TrunkMuzik will get us a lot of attention, so we can make some new fans around the glove, hell, hopefully make old fans even bigger fans. Creatively I just want people to enjoy Hip Hop like I used to when I heard really dope shit for the first time. And also to give accountability back to the artist.. were not one foot in – one foot out about shit at Ghet-O-Vision.. If we make a project and put it out then we stand behind it 10 toes down. The album to follow TrunkMuzik is already under construction but honestly at the rate that we cut records there is no telling what the end result will be I just know that what were sitting on is incredible because as dope as I think TrunkMuzik is, the album is gonna KICK THE SHIT outta the mix-tape!
Daniel: I’m sure it’s been a year full of work, have you managed to find time to skate in between work? As a skater myself (Euro tho) What spots do you recommend here in America?
Yelawolf: Spots in America? *laughs* could you be more specific.. Uhhh ATL I’d have to say is one of the dopest cities to cruz “The Foundation“, “Bell South“.. “The Marta Stations“.. Wait that question is too damn hard.. Ya’ll should just come to the states and we’ll hit some exclusive spots and I haven’t had the time that I wish I had to sk8 for shit! which fuckin’ sucks!
Daniel: Who are your major influences in the music industry?
Yelawolf: Skynard, Yes, Wu-Tang, Janis Joplin,James Taylor, 3 6 Mafia, UGK, Zeplin, Hieroglyphics, Metallica, Beastie Boys, Run DMC, Group Home, Nirvana, Muddy Waters, RadioHead, Hank Williams Sir., Jr, 3rd, George Strait, Digable Planets, OutKast, GhetoBoys, MagicMike.. Just to name a few..
Daniel: Ha, that’s a great great list and I see that you’re into country! Here’s a question I like to ask many – Did the industry change you as a person?
Yelawolf: I have way too much fun being me to change.. Besides, who I am has gotten me here so why change now!? for you,
Daniel: what has been the most difficult aspect of this industry?
Yelawolf: Not snappin’ on ignorant ass people but its still really early
Daniel: What are the hopes for 2010?
Yelawolf: I wanna live homie.. To feel alive not to feel like I’m trying to stay alive.. World wide “BEST NEW ARTIST 2010″