There’s a Yelawolf in that Shady Slaughterhouse….

15 Jan

Ok Folks, unless you have been living under a rock the past week or are just like a few of my friends who still in the age of  vast modern technological advancements have yet to have acquired a Facebook or Twitter (the concept of a tumblr frightens them). Then, you already know about the recent acquisition of a rather rambunctious redneck and a more than word savvy rag-tag group of major label miscreants to the once dormant Shady Records.

This was huge for me as a fan of hip-hop but mostly as a diehard Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf supporter. The idea that talent this remarkable has gone over looked for the past 3 years while it stewed in the belly of the underground music scene has me at an absolute loss for words (I know its an  oxymoron, I need to use words it’s a blog duhhh!).

But lets start this heralding tale of triumph and destiny at the beginning (kinda)…

Starting at a time when Slaughterhouse was just a group of four of the most raw, unforgiving and merciless emcees to ever come close to a microphone and Eminem was fresh out of rehab on the verge of releasing his most powerful and most anticipated album since The Eminem Show (The aptly titled “Recovery”).


It all started when a young Canadian recorded a song with a Martian, an Illuminati Robot and felt like the one thing this song was missing in order to be great was a sweet 16 from the highest selling hip-hop artist of all time. While that was happening,  somewhere underground a killer quartet was in a studio recording its debut album cleverly carrying the same name as the group. After numerous talks with friend and  Slaughterhouse member Royce Da 5’9″,  and an extensive listen to the aforementioned album Eminem then decided that the only thing this group needed in order to become the commercial powerhouse all of its members were respectively destined to become was a bit of guidance and some major label backing. Not long after spawned a cameo in the music video for a little song called Forever by Drake ft Lil Wayne, Kanye West, and Eminem.

Now, as far as the new up and coming redneck rapper most popularly known as Yelawolf or Catfish Billy is concerned, his encounter with Eminem was more in the way of destiny. It is obviously not everyday that the real Slim Shady finds another white rapper deserving of his co sign none the less a record contract.  Although judging by his story you would think Yela was destined to one day cross paths with Mr. White America himself.

Hailing from Gadsden, Alabama Yelawolf born Michael Wayne Atha was bitten by the hip-hop bug after hearing The Beastie Boys Paul Revere for the first time and after being entranced in the booming reverse 808’s and the scintillating sound of boom bap rap he became hooked. Unfortunately, it took numerous odd jobs including Alaskan Crab fishing and a short stay in Berkeley, California pursuing Professional Skateboarding which soon after became a dream deferred due to numerous injuries. After exhausting all of his resources and sleeping on the streets of Berkeley, Yela decided he would pursue his childhood rap dreams which then landed him in the lap of Jimmy Iovine at Interscope and most recently in the hands the one and only Marshall Mathers and Shady Records.


So there you have it folks, the reemergence of a hip-hop powerhouse in a nutshell… I’m proud to say that Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf are the newest members of the Shady Records family and would like everyone reading this to join me in congratulating all parties involved on their continued success.


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