During an interview with Ruby Hornet, Alabama rapper Yelawolf took time before his Chicago show to speak on translating his music to paper, the diversity of his fans, and more.

According to Yelawolf it took some time for him to be able to put the energy in his music on paper, but now that he’s mastered that process it’s actually somewhat therapeutic for him.

“Now I’ve grown to understand how to make that energy translate onto paper, and from the paper into a song, it’s even more therapeutic cause I spend less time trying to do something, trying to do something just for the sake of getting noticed,” Yelawolf explained. “Now I’m writing records. It’s like an exhale, ‘ok, I got their attention, time to write songs.’ Time to write great songs. And that was the focus on Radioactive.”

Yelawolf also spoke on the diversity of his fans and their ability to recognize everything from Outkast to Metallica to The Doors.

“Tonight, you’ll see some kids out in the crowd completely tatted up, mohawks, they might be rocking a Pantera t-shirt or something, then you’ll see a kid with a Wiz Khalifa shirt,” said Yelawolf. “You’ll see some young suburban kids, and you’ll see some kids from the hood. It’s very diverse, but the connection that is made with the dedication part of the show is crucial because it lets all of them know, I’m a fan for one, two we all grew up on the same shit.”

Yelawolf’s Radioactive will be released on November 21st.

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