Wolfin It

Similar to how I came across Gripplyaz, I found out about Yelawolf 2-3 years ago surfing around on Myspace. I was drawn to the page because he always kept some dope ass photos on his profile. The pictures not only made him look like he was already an established artist but they also seemed to tell a story and really capture where he was from and what he was about.

When I clicked on the music, I was blown away. He had this one song called “Planes, Trains and Automobiles”…oh my god that shit was tight! Then he had this other song called “White Boy From Alabama” that was pretty damn dope too. The music was damn near perfect. It sounded like he and the producers [Battery 5] had achieved that perfect chemistry where neither one of them is trying to outshine the other, but rather encourage each other to do their best. You know, the kind of music that sparks brief conversations like “this nigga snappin!…..yeah that beat hard too.”

From that point I’ve been a fan of dudes music and always made sure that I put folks up on whatever new shit he has out. He just dropped a new mixtape with DJ Ideal called Stereo where they’ve flipped classic rock samples on some hip hop shit. This shit is dope.

Nothing on the CD sounds forced or gimmicky. I’ve never really been a fan of anykind of rap/rock hybrid shit. Many times when people try meshing rock and Hip Hop, it comes out sounding like something for the label’s marketing department to have an orgy to, not necessarily something for music listeners to enjoy on their own will.

But what impressed me about Stereo is that it all sounds natural. It sounds like everyone involved in the production of this CD had a genuine knowledge and respect for the two genres they were attempting to fuse together, instead of just taking whatever was hot on the charts at the and throwing it together. The music on Stereo was influenced by classic rock shit that may be easily identified by people have a deep music catalog, but yet I think it can still appeal to people who know absolutely nothing about it. Being that Yela is from rural Alabama and grew up on Hip Hop he was able to blend the shit he listened to with the stuff his moms probably listened to and made it work. Now to think of it, this CD would make for a dope Breakaday for rock heads.

Most importantly, dude is rapping his ass off on this shit, proving that you don’t have get all “experimental” on tracks that aren’t the norm. Its ok to just fucking rap if that what you do best. You don’t have to sing or mumble just for the sake of being different. If you’re gonna do that, do it for th sake of being dope.

Anyways, I don’t want to bore your eyes with too many of my words. Check out the music, and as usual, if you’re fucking with it, check out his myspace page and website. While your at it, peep the whole damn thing.

“Brick In The Wall”

“Brown Sugar”

“Rich Like Me”

“My Box Chevy, Pt. 2″


“Break The Chain”

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  • DaTruth

    yea..I heard about this dude a while back..whiteboy can spit!…dat “brick in the wall” joint is bangin’too!! thx MG

  • AYO

    Dude wit Ghet-O-Vision??? Dats wuz up!

  • Mike

    brown sugar is dope ..he gotta be talking bout “hip hop”…Imma download the whole joint and check dude out

  • http://thehydrilla.com Skape

    I agree man, the new mixtape is off the hook. I was fortunate to get a sneak peak last week, it’s a gem. BurnOut is my joint. Big ups to Wolf, Ideal and the whole crew.

  • Liqthez

    This dude sounds like a cross between Devin the Dude, and Andre3000. Tell me I’m trippin, say it ain’t so!!!

    I’m diggin his lyrical concepts, and smoothed out beats fresh out the blender.

  • http://www.theunderwriters.blogspot.com THE UNDERWRITER

    We in the hau-hau-hauuse.


  • i am the ring around your bath tub that can’t scrub off with lysol…

    This dude is the shit. And like you say– dude just RAPS. Period. Stereo is my favorite project of the early ’08 season.

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  • YO-NE

    This Dude Is The Future Forreal!

    • DeNiro

      are you kiddin? this dude sucks,why did you waste your time typin this up..garbage pure garbage

  • http://myspace.com/bpthebeatchef BP

    Yeller’s latest effort is nothing short of brilliant. WARNING: THE WOLF IS LOOSE!!!



  • http://myspace.com/jjthakydd JayKydd

    Redd Klay all day!

  • A Real Soldier….Boy!

    Dude hott! I found a link where he was in TI’s video “Hurt”…da only whiteboy in da sh*t..lol! Keep bangin’ Yela

  • montana

    It’z good to see a nigga from my hood makin it, keep it up, give them niggaz hell. my jam is that brick in the wall, shit it’z all good.

  • http://www.myspace.com/skapeorka skape


  • Tito Santana

    Da Backwudz(U gonna luv me)and (I dont like the look of it) are now Labratz. They’ve departed Dallas Austin’s label Rowdy Records to start there own(Royal Family Music) along with producer Sol Messiah(chamillionaire sound of revenge),(David Banner),(Goodie Mobb),(Dead Prez),(Nappy Roots).. Check da new video called (Creation) on YOUTUBE or myspace.com/thebackwudzmusic..Also they just released an album Independenly Via the internet called (Atlantis Rising) available on Amazon.com, Itunes.com, rhapsody.com, ect..
    To all up and coming artist much success and dont be afraid to put that extra grind in and go Independent!! It’s a new era… Everything resides on the Internet even Hiphop! Dont sleep on The Move ment!!Wake up…myspace.com\thelabratzmusic

  • Tito Santana

    what up yela

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  • http://myspace.com/ashleyadiano ASHLEY


  • http://myspace.com/ashleyadiano ASHLEY


  • Greg Enemy

    yo ice, man you stay hittin me up with some new, fresh, and outside the box shit to listen to. Good shit my dude.

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  • http://www.myspace.com/dirtylabproductions DIRTY LAB PRODUCTIONS, LTD.


    K. Millz

  • diggsy

    yeah, i found this cat on myspace about a year ago. good refreshing shit.

  • Zone6ChevyRider

    Dude is the truth. Hip-hop aint dead, it just found its way to Gadsden Alabama. Andre 3000 endorses him, as does Killer Mike, and T.I.P. Can it get any better?

  • bones

    great post, never heard of this guy before, gonna download his shit NOW


    i’m not feelin this shit, da white bitch cant rap

    • A Real Monster

      “i’m not feelin this shit, da white bitch cant rap”

      Funny how of all the positive posts here there is one full of hate. Lemme guess, you rap too right? You got a label right?..oh wait, you are more than music, you are a movement too right? Do me a favor, shut up!

  • TSF

    Damn, and this boy is from Gadsden? That’s country-ass Alabama! Still, thanks for reppin’ my state of current residence, it’s a hot project.

  • David

    I ran into Wolf at a souls of mischief show. He was riding skateboards around and shit and being a drunken mess and he handed my dog the mixtape because it was dude’s birthday. Wolf is a good dude and a unique creative rapper.

  • K Love

    I am Loving this dude here!! Brown Sugar is the bomb!! Go head with yo bad self!!

  • http://colby-sempek.com Ghost

    Dude is straight fire…after I heard these I checked out iTunes and he’s got an LP on there, CreekWater. Dope shit, cop and be happy

  • David

    Ok I downloaded this shit, I can’t believe no one has ever used that Doors waiting for the sun sample before. I used to love that shit when I was 13 and smoking my first nugs and digging through my pops records. There’s a surplus of pretty tight white dude breaks on this album. I’m digging the hell out of it.

  • Socomm

    This dude reminds me of a cross between Ol-E and lil wayne.
    Good find!

  • http://myspace.com/teethreemusic myspace.com/teethreemusic

    hell yeah maurice… got it the other day… yelawolf is the shit…

  • Jay B.

    My Boi Yela iz a leader of da Nu South: A Part of the Southern Tradition that has rarely been seen. But 1nce the world gits a taste of His Flavor, u no they’ll be back 4 secondz

    My Boi Keep doin’ ur thang, blazin’ that trail 4 tru individuals…

    Shout Out
    B.O.B., Rebel Rock, Averyboi, Da whole O.D.M. Fam, Shawty Fatt

  • Politix

    Yelawolf and his band put on one of the most original and energetic shows anywhere. I don’t care what you think about his mix-tape don’t hate on this dude till you see him live, he is the SHIT!!! He is also the one doing the chorus on the new Slim Thug joint “I Run”. Not only that but he opened the show in Atlanta for B.O.B., T.I. & WALE… He must be doing something right, keep doing it Wolf!!!! Oh and he works with Jim Jonsin on the regular, dude is a beast!!!!

  • Ajax

    Samples are hot but horribly misused and on some tracks he’s rapping way too fast for the beat…Only half decent song I’ve heard so far is “pop the trunk”..

  • some kid

    this guy is a joke he must have a tough life bein emo and so ghetto at the same time i hope his 15 go quick so i dont ever hear that trash again

  • holy terror

    this might be the worst shit i’ve ever heard.

  • http://acnesbiotic.blogspot.com Thelma Snyder

    http://www.xxlmag.com‘s done it once again! Incredible read!

  • http://imtrendytopics.info/forum/feed.php Sean Grate

    Superb article, well written I have to admit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/sex_is_violent sydney delicious

    RICH LIKE ME- fuck yeah!!!- I never knew i’d hear sumthin to rival necro’s WHO’S YR DADDY.
    boy can spit!!
    xxx, syd-delicious