Like all artists, Yelawolf wants to be put in the best possible position to succeed, and he feels like Interscope hasn’t set him up to do so.
“Radioactive, the last project I put out, was deliberately given to Interscope and it was on a fucking silver platter, given to them to work,” Yela said on Shade 45 on Friday, in reference to his major label debut, which dropped in November. “Like radio records after radio records, purposely, was my attempt. These mothathuckas have given me one single in 11 months. You know? So it’s like I don’t really understand where the importance is lined. That’s just me being real. Every artist gets frustrated at some point, I imagine, but I’ve never been one to hold my tongue and that’s just where I’m at.”
The week after it was released on November 21, 2011, Radioactive sold 41,000 units, which helped it land at No. 27 on the Billboard 200. In the interview, he called it a “purposeful shot” at mainstream spins, and admitted that he “fully compromised” on the release.
Now, as he preps a few pet projects to be released free and reconnect with his fans, the 2011 XXL Freshman is going back to doing things his way. “I’m putting out music the way the fuck I wanna put it out now, and making music exactly how I want to do it.”
Even with the frustrations he voiced with Interscope, the Alabama native was sure to stress that he has no issues with the imprint, Shady Records, to which he is also signed. “I don’t know what the fuck they’re doing up there [at Interscope],” he continued. “Shady’s great, I love Shady Records. I just think there’s some shit going on upstairs. I don’t know what the fuck is going on.”
As he gets ready to go “back to Trunk Muzik,” Yelawolf will be dropping his new mixtape, The Heart of Dixie, on July 4, and follow that up with his collaborative project alongside Travis Barker, Psycho White. —Adam Fleischer (@AdamXXL)