New Shady Records artist Yelawolf recently sat down with High Snobiety TV during which he spoke about his past experience performing at the festival last year along with doing it again this year. Yelawolf goes on to speak about his current career path and his entire creative process. Check out the entire two part interview along with footage of Yelawolf's performance from FADER Fort. RapBasement
For University students questioning why this year's Rutgersfest had only two performers when the Rutgers University Programming Association (RUPA) announced the line up last month, don't worry — there is a third.
RUPA added YelaWolf, a rapper from Alabama signed under Eminem's Shady Records label, two weeks ago, said Jessica Bruno, RUPA vice president of concerts and coffeehouses. Before the addition, only rapper Pitbull and electronic artist 3OH!3 were slated to perform.
The decision to add a third act was never out of the question completely, said Bruno, a School of Arts and Sciences junior. The committee discovered YelaWolf and wanted to allocate more money to the concert to have him perform. dailytargum.com
Yelawolf tells us a story about his childhood, where Run DMC ended up crashing at his house while they were on tour. We also let him give you a brief history, for the few and far between that aren’t up on Yela yet. allindstrom.com
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Videos: Yelawolf at Royal Oak Music Theatre 3/24/11 (Eminem crashes stage, surprises fans at Slaughterhouse, Yelawolf show)
Eminem made a rare stage appearance Thursday night during a show introducing -- or re-introducing, as the case may be -- Shady Records' newest acts, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf.
During the closing of their show at the packed Royal Oak Music Theatre, Eminem -- completely unannounced -- got on stage with the five rappers to perform "2.0 Boys." 2.0 being Shady Records 2.0, of course.
The show was a coronation of sorts for Alabama rapper Yelawolf, one of his first major shows since being taken under Eminem's wing. It was also a homecoming for Detroit's own Royce da 5'9, who's getting a second chance at breaking from the underground with the three other members of Slaughterhouse: Long Beach's Crooked I, Brooklyn's Joell Ortiz and fellow comeback kid Joe Budden, representing New Jersey.
Shady Records fell into dormancy as Eminem withdrew from the spotlight, but it was clear that Shady 2.0 is ready for business.
"I'd like to welcome everybody to the Shady 2.0 show," Yelawolf announced, opening the show with crowd favorites "Good to Go," "Pop the Trunk," "Mixin' Up the Medicine," "Box Chevy" and "I Just Wanna Party." At one point, he went crowdsurfing with enthusiastic fans.
"Eminem saved my life. Y'all know that?" Yelawolf said. MLive.com
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Last summer, Alabama rapper Yelawolf found himself in a Ferndale recording studio taking a meeting with Eminem.
The Alabama rapper didn't know it at the time, but he was being sized up by Slim
Shady. Em was getting ready to re-launch Shady Records, which had gone dormant when his career was put on hold several years ago, and he wanted to see if the lanky, heavily-tattooed MC would be a good fit for the Shady Records roster.
York earlier this month.
He remembers Em pounding Diet Cokes — "I think he drank like a 12-pack while we were sitting there" — and the meeting going, in a general sense, well. And apparently it did: In January, Shady Records announced Yelawolf was joining its family.
Since inking with Em's label, Yelawolf — who performs at the Royal Oak Music Theatre tonight with fellow recent Shady Records signees Slaughterhouse — has seen his profile rise considerably.
Previously best known in hip-hop circles for his acclaimed 2010 mixtape "Trunk Muzik," which showcased his Southern drawl, lightning-quick rhymes and razor-sharp wordplay, Yelawolf has landed on hip-hop magazine XXL's cover twice in a row: alongside Em and Slaughterhouse for the February issue, and this month in the mag's prestigious "Freshman 10" list of up-and-comers.
This summer he'll launch his major label debut, "Radioactive," and support it on the Vans Warped Tour. He's also opening a number of dates on Lil
Wayne's "I Am Music II" tour.
"There's a lot of excitement, obviously," says Yelawolf, who grew up in the early '80s but doesn't like sharing his age. "When you get a co-sign from (Eminem), it's definitely career-changing." TheDetroitNews
Growing up, there were few constants in Yelawolf’s life.
The rapper, born Michael Wayne Atha to a teenage mother in Gadsden, Ala., said he logged time at 15 different schools in a childhood defined by change.
“There were only a few things in my life that maintained,” he said in a recent phone interview. “My grandparents’ phone number, where they lived and the Chevy parked in the driveway.”
Now 31, Yela’s adaptability has proven to be an essential asset as he navigates the modern music industry. Initially signed to Columbia Records in 2007, the rapper was dropped by the label later the same year after Rick Rubin took over as co-president and started cleaning house.
Despite having little opportunity to prove himself to the new boss, Yelawolf doesn’t appear to harbor any bitterness. Indeed, asked if he felt ready for the spotlight when he signed that first deal, the rapper, who performs at the Majestic Theatre on Tuesday, March 29, didn’t flash any false bravado. “I mean, honestly?” he said, pausing to consider his words. “I didn’t really know.”
There are no such doubts these days. Yelawolf, now signed to Eminem’s Shady Records, currently has a buzzed-about mixtape (“Trunk Muzic 0-60”) making the rounds and his long-in-the-works debut album, “Radioactive,” is expected out sometime this summer.
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XXL’s 2011 Freshman Class: The Mixtape features brand new music from Kendrick Lamar, Yelawolf, Lil B, Meek Mill, Mac Miller, Lil Twist, Fred the Godson, YG, Cyhi the Prynce and Big K.R.I.T. as well as some welcomed, surprise collaborations. —XXL Staff
You can download the Mixtape at xxlmag.com with two brand new Yelawolf songs! You can listen to 'Alabama Gotdamn' after the jump.
'It's a huge deal being able to have a mentor in someone who's done this for so long,' the Alabama rapper says of Em.
Yelawolf is just as excited about getting signed to Eminem's label as his fans are. During NBA All-Star Weekend, the latest Shady Records signee was on the set of Travis Barker's video shoot for "Can a Drummer Get Some." MTV News caught up with the Alabama rapper to talk about rolling with Team Shady. MTV
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