A Close Look at Southern Rapper Yelawolf

Updated on July 5, 2017

Michael Wayne Atha, better known as Yelawolf, was born December 30, 1979, in Gadsden, Alabama. He spent a great amount of his childhood traveling. During this time Yelawolf spent a fair amount of his time in Antioch, Tennessee. Antioch is a small city on the outskirts of South Nashville and home to fellow artist Jelly Roll.

Yelawolf belongs to a genre of music that has become popularly known as Country Rap. I typically refer to this style of music as Southern Rap. Since a great deal of it seems to have a Southern Rock sound mixed with modern Rap music.


Music Career

In 2005, Yelawolf released his first album Creekwater. The album featured 16 tracks including Bible Belt and DareHeGo. Between then and 2011, he released a few different albums and mix tapes which had many original songs as well as several remixes.

It was during this time that he caught the attention of Eminem and Interscope Records. In November of 2011, Yelawolf released the album Radioactive which was produced by Interscope Records. This album gained his music a lot of attention and publicity as he collaborated with very well known musicians such as Kid Rock, LIl Jon, and even Eminem himself.

It didn't take long before Yelawolf was back on his own, so to speak. In 2012, with the release of his album Heart of Dixie, we were able to experience Yelawolf as an artist and a producer, which seemed to bring back a lot of his "original" style. Yelawolf's record label Slumerican was alive, well, and not slowing down anytime soon.

We are currently awaiting the release of his third studio album Trial By Fire which will be released in 2017.

Latest Projects

In 2017, Yelawolf has decided to spend most of his time off the road. While he has been busy at work on the release of Trial By Fire, he is also set his sights back on achieving some of his other goals that aren't focused so much on music.

One thing that is undeniable about this artist, is he's got a style that easily jumps out that stands out, is very casual, and blends well. This is true for his music as well as his appearance. One word comes to mind, smooth.

So, it really does make sense that Yelawolf has set his sights on opening a retail in his new hometown, Nashville. With the help of American Picker, Mike Wolfe, SLUMERICAN has "set up shop" in a Nashville, Tennessee.

It opened at the beginning of the year, and I plan to take a day trip down to check it sometime soon, so be sure to check back to see what I find as I'll be sure to get all the details then.

However, in an interview with Forbes, Yelawolf describes the store as a barber shop and a tattoo shop. He also states that they'll be making custom furniture and hand bags, as well.

Yelawolf further explains that to him his career, along with music and his new storefront, is all just a way for him to share himself and his art with people.

The barber shop is phenomenal, the tattoo shop is phenomenal, the retail space is phenomenal, and then upstairs eventually will be a gentlemen’s club, speak easy, like Slumerican meets Playboy. That’s kind of how I want the top laid out eventually, it’s an amazing space."

— Yelawolf, Forbes Interview

Yelawolf has so far proved that he is going to be hard to ignore, and I'm not going to try to stand in his way. As a matter of fact, I plan to jump right on board. Join me in September!

Yelawolf will be performing in Tennessee, and I plan to attend a show - or two - while he's hitting the stage.


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