It widely known that Gasden, Alabama emcee Yelawolf is an avid skateboarder. In last year’s video for the “I Wish (Remix),” the DXnext alum appeared alongside CyHi Da Prynce and Pill at a skate park, performing his hobby. However, those who heard Trunk Muzik and its retail version, Trunk Muzik 0-60 did not hear much content about the sport. In a new interview with Freddie B TV, Yela explained why he refuses to mix his passions.

“No disrespect to Lupe [Fiasco] or Pharrell [Williams], in any kinda way, the way I personally look at skateboarding…it just is what it is,” began Yelawolf in the Antioch, Alabama club where the interview took place. “It’s something I do, it’s something that I love doing, but it’s nothing that I’d ever want to exploit. I think skateboarders respect that, and I think that’s why I’ve been embraced within that culture, because I don’t want to write records about skateboarding. I don’t think it’s necessary, I don’t think it’s cool.” 

In 2006, Lupe Fiasco made a popular skateboarding-inspired single in “Kick Push,” while Pharrell popularly uses the alias “Skateboard P.” Also, Murs made a skateboarding song in 2003, “Transitionz Az A Ridah.”

In the same interview, posted below, Yelawolf said that his studio debut, Radioactive, will release this summer on Ghet-O-Vision/Shady/Interscope Records.