Yelawolf on signing with Shady Records x ‘Radioactive’ LP: “I want to take it to stadium level”


“Now it’s just time to put out a major album and let everyone know why I’m Shady,” states Alabama-hailing spitter Yelawolf in a recent interview with VIBE about his recently announced deal with Shady Records, his stadium status ambitions and working with Eminem.

In the interview he admits it was difficult to keep quiet about his new deal when his team gave him the good news. “I was just so excited for a while. And everyone from my team who did know was really responsible about not letting it out. But I met with Eminem about four to five months ago in Detroit,” he explains.

“Paul and Em flew me and my manager out to just kick it and get acquainted. From that meeting, I had no idea it would turn into this situation, he tells VIBE.

“I remember Paul was asking me about the meth problem in Alabama and I told him that I wrote ‘Pop The Trunk’ based off that issue. Next thing I know, Em starts rapping some of my lines from the song. I can’t even describe how that felt, I actually got super nervous. Em’s a real hip-hop fan, he knows about everything that’s going on.”

He also speaks on his scheduled visit to Detroit later this month to record with Eminem and his plans to make the most of his new label situation; “We kicked it a couple times but we haven’t laid anything down yet… it’s coming. Just wait. I already know the pressure is there but if I let that shit get to me, it’ll affect my music…”

“A lot of rappers have this obsession with staying underground, but I want to take it to the stadium level. We’ve been sitting on records for like four years that we knew were too big for a mixtape. So I’m just focused on writing a great album right now. That’s why I’m calling it Radioactive because I want to personally challenge myself and the industry. It’s a metaphor for my version of radio records. Now, it’s just time to put out a major album and let everyone know why I’m Shady.”

>> Read the full interview @ VIBE