There isn’t a huge amount that Alabama is famous for musically really. Rich Boy is from the city of Mobile but he’s hardly a name to throw around to big up your States. That’s all changed now though with the emergence of Yelawolf, a half-white, half-Cherokee rapper from Gadsden who dropped his Trunk Muzik this year and has seen his name bandied around by many people in terms of “next awesome rapper”.
Having been signed briefly to a major and been let go without having released anything, it could have been easy for the disillusioned Michael Atha to drop his dream, but his return is a massive mixtape full of bangers and much more. His double-time rapping may be something of an acquired taste but hearing him go on Good To Go, which features the always great Bun B, it’s hard not to bounce along to his flow.
Other highlights of the mixtape include a beat which says “fuck you” throughout the entire song [F.U.], a track called Lick The Cat [I know, right?], a track featuring Raekwon and a brilliant remix of Juelz Santana’s Mixing The Medicine, where he states he’s mixing the medicine, tripping on the mescaline and has moonshine in his bottle. If you were thinking this is some kind of Bubba Sparxxx, you’ve got another thing coming.
Check out the video for Pop The Trunk and try, just try, not to get into it. It’s impossible. With a new mixtape planned and a deal with Interscope signed, this could, and should, be the start of something big for Yeller.