Yelawolf Talks Race, Interscope, Longevity

Catfish Billy gives his take on the term "white rapper," and landing a deal with Interscope, as well as plans for the future.

As Yelawolf's Radioactive hit shelves this week, the Shady Records signee spoke on an oft-discussed topic: race in Hip Hop.

"I don't hate the term 'white rapper,'" he explained. "It's fully relevant and will always be... It's important to hold to the culture as it is, no matter how abrasive that [term] might sound or it might be. Race is still real and you got to recognize it."

In an interview with Billboard, the emcee explained how things got rolling after he took part in Wiz Khalifa's "Deal or No Deal" tour.  "After that [tour], things just started happening," said Yela, who then explained why Interscope was a good fit for him. "The big difference is walking into a meeting with Jimmy Iovine at his house as opposed to an office, and getting congratulations for all we've done, and they're just saying, bluntly, 'We just want to be involved. We want to be a docking station for you to come and refuel and go back out and do what you do.' That's exactly what they said, 'fuel station.' It feels right-important."

Yelawolf revealed lofty goals for himself. "We all want longevity. I have a ten-year goal, so I could be like David Grohl or something. I want to be like [Eminem], [Jay-Z], Anthony Kiedis, Kid Rock. They're getting older and they're great, touring the world, making a good living. That's the goal I'm trying to achieve."

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32 Comments

  • Lupe Espinoza

    FUCK WIT ME! http://soundcloud.com/you/tracks

  • Anonymous

    www.youtube.com/mrcmul20

  • Eric Wess

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    • Anonymous

      no that is spam in every way. and you misspelled mistape. but since your mixtape was probably a mistake thats col.

  • Rachael Misek

    I thought he was also Native American. It appears that the skin color is more important over facts but what else is new in hip hop?

  • Adrian Andre

    White rappers doesn't make racism cool. :/ !! Or white people, darn.

  • So Icy Boi!

    niggas dont use facebook. lol swag

  • wow

    The internet brings out the worst in people!!!!!!!! Aaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JJ

    Yea I agree his album wasnt wat it was hyped to be but than again are albums now a days really what ppl make them out to be? Like come on it's his first album ppl damnn was lil waynes very first solo album "The block is hot" the best? Umm no that shit was fucken wack and eminems first album that shit sold what. Like 2 copies? And I'm not talking about the slim shady lp I'm talking about his album from 96 called "infinite" it was so bad that he got dropped from his label. The point his it's his first album so we all gotta start somewhere right?

  • Jake Drennan

    so many of you need to distinguish what sales are and what it means to sell. eminem sales cd's is not a sentence.

  • TEXAS

    I BEEN COUNTING AND THIS IS THE 4TH TIME YELLOWISH TALKS ABOUT BEING A WHITE RAPPER I GUESS THAT'S HIS EXCUSE FOR HAVING LOW SALES AND A FLOP OF A ALBUM SO HE CAN SAY THAT WHITE PEOPLE ARE LOOKED DOWN AT IN THE INDUSTRY AND EMINEM ONLY SALES DUDE IS LIKE A BROKEN RECORD

  • Fossie

    Eminem is the best rapper alive!!!Fuck you !!!Ignorant asshole!!

  • Fossie

    Fuck ICY BOI!I hate your racist bullshit!!!!!!

  • So Icy Boi!

    dis cracka a Lil Wayne wannabe. white rappas are wack just like Feminem. swag

    • So Icy Boi!

      @James Michael Cannon: change yo avatar. lol u a fag. lmao

    • James Michael Cannon

      I agree with the first anonymous dude who replied to ur bullshit u know fuck all bout hip hop kid. And yelawolf sounds nothing like lil wayne.. Does wayne rap as fast as he does?, infact I aint never heard yela mentioning lil wayne, so I highly doubt he's trying to be him. Oh an eminem is wack? Lol gtfo I bet u consider waka flocka shame, soulja boy and gucci lame good rappers. SHADY!!!!

    • Jake Drennan

      lol this guy just trolls on every hip hop site..he's all over rap radar too putting a bunch of shit about how gucci is the goat hahaha i'm convinced he's just saying outrageous shit to get attention since there is no possible way a person without downs could come up with the same opinion

    • Anonymous

      Ur definition of Swag is sucking Yadig's Dick

    • TEXAS

      FUNNY HE DOES SOUND LIKE LIL WAYNE AND HES JUST AS BAD

    • Anonymous

      shud be ashamed of urself u sound so ignorant u dont like someone based on race that makes u a lame borderline racist

    • Anonymous

      the fact that you say "swag" means you are a teen and know nothing of real hiphop

  • Josh

    A guy who doesn't even have a short-term chance is wishing for longevity. Lol If you want longevity, how about you make albums that aren't blatant rip-offs of Recovery, like Radioactive was. Pop bull shit.

    • i enjoy motting

      josh your one lame ass prick

    • Josh

      You guys are fucking stupid. Yelawolf? Intelligent? If you think Yelawolf is smart, then you must be dumber than shit. And how did this album NOT sound like recovery? A shit ton of soft rock ballads with droning poorly sung hooks, unfunny punchlines, and stupid guest appearances? They're the exact same fucking album. Which makes sense, cause Eminem exec. produced Radioactive. If you're going to say I'm a "hater" how bout you back it up with some things that don't totally blow about this album?

    • gimik313

      i thought yela put out a pretty good record personally. alot of people are hatin on this man yet i bet their favorite rappers are gucci, waka n shit like that which is fine if thats what u like. noones lookin for lyrics style n substance. they jus want a hot beat n some simple bullshit 2 bob their heads to at the club. yelawolf is to intelligent for alot of these dumbasses. his fast delivery is to much for their slow brains to handle. the haters are now dissmissed. bitches. slumerican/ghetovision/shady

    • arel

      while I don't think it was a classic i did enjoy it and I totallyu agree that it was nothing like recovery - fuckin haters probably don't even listen - just reading ignorant reviews

    • blobswag

      your a fool must be tone deaf b this album a classic all original. how thins anything like eminem. not even in the same category. you a dweeb stop hating ya fraggle

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