After a disastrous tour that included on-stage meltdowns and canceled shows, Alabama rapper Yelawolf has resurfaced with a new name.
The Southern musician posted a series of videos to a newly-created Instagram page, and in his first upload he revealed that he’ll now go by Michael Wayne Atha (or MWA), which is his given name.
In the caption to one video, he explains that he “hoaxed the ‘suicide’ of Yelawolf with my ‘blood art.'” He then goes on to explain that the name change was inspired by a number of occurrences in his life including the loss of a friend and losing everything after he was placed in a psych ward by his former manager.
“… they couldn’t handle my vision .. I hoaxed the “suicide” of Yelawolf with my ” blood art ” along side a manic depressive state of mind from years of alcoholism .. after loosing my BiggieSmallz @shawtyfatt I decided to sober up and rebrand my new music as Michael Wayne Atha MWA (my given name from my beautiful mother Sheila Diane the original gangster .. named after Michael Landon and John Wayne) and shook the fuckin game .. so much so that my own X manager and wanna be father had me apprehended and thrown in the psych ward in SD .. where they tried to break me and feed me drugs for 72 hours against my will .. I lost everything,” MWA wrote.
… they couldn't handle my vision .. I hoaxed the "suicide" of Yelawolf with my " blood art " along side a manic depressive state of mind from years of alcoholism .. after loosing my BiggieSmallz @shawtyfatt I decided to sober up and rebrand my new music as Michael Wayne Atha MWA (my given name from my beautiful mother Sheila Diane the original gangster .. named after Michael Landon and John Wayne) and shook the fuckin game ?.. so much so that my own X manager and wanna be father had me apprehended and thrown in the psych ward in SD .. where they tried to break me and feed me drugs for 72 hours against my will .. I lost everything .. and lost 95% of every so called friend and business associates during my stay … and I bounced back so fuckin hard and fast they should give me my own line of Olympic diving boards .. my soul must be spring loaded … I am HipHop's answer to rock and roll .. and Nashville's answer to the debauchery they called pop country rap, did it.DONE !! currently inspired by the dopeness pouring out of California … I found it time to rejoin myself on the west coast as the SKATEBOARDER of 28 years, the Visionary, CEO, White Trash High Fashion designer and Creative Director of my Mothers new multi conglomerate company SLUMERICAN … that's right .. I gave her the keys .. congrats mom !! Your the illest !!!! God is good .. I'm pushing 300 days sober … and happier than ever … I love you all .. and thank you for your prayers .. they didn't go in vein .. so check this out all you other demonic sons of bitches .. you ? fucks .. I'll OWN that 51/50 MOTHER FUCKERS !! Cause We both got what we wanted .. you humiliated me infront of my fans family and friends … and I came out the other side as the Alexander McQueen of skateboarding .. and it's PlanB /SkateMafia / 3.6 SLUMAFIA / and with the blessings of Del the funkyhomosapien .. I am NOW with the mighty mighty Hieroglyphics Crew !!! .. that's HIGH FASHION BITCH ???? … FUCK THATS SEXY !!! ? MWA !! ?footage provided by my Angel for the day .. my brother Insta : @jake3944 Facebook Jacob Moreno .. and my 51/50 blood line will be available soon ✂ #slumerican
MWA also revealed that he’s nearly one year sober, and shared his plans to become “HipHop’s answer to rock and roll.”
A handful of other videos have been uploaded to his Instagram account between yesterday (December 21) and today (December 22). The rapper can be seen in the hospital in one and in another he sings “Bang, bang. I shot them down. Bang, bang. They hit the ground. Bang, bang. MWA’s back in town.”
51/50 – MWA … " get the fuck away from me hoe " …. http://djpaulkom.tv/dj-paul-get-away-ft-yelawolf-jon-connor-video/. @jonconnormusic @djpaulkom #slumerican #slumafia #hieroglyphicscrew #planb .. hours after my incarceration … freedom on the mind .. click the link in the bio for new music ? .. video by my brother @Ounzezilla ⚡⚡?⚡⚡ #slumerican