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Rapper Yelawolf's success is a little bit Shady

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Yelawolf is a proud member of Eminem's Shady Records roster. But the Alabama rapper says it's not a relationship he takes advantage of -- even though the Detroit MC co-produced three songs on Yelawolf's 2011 album "Radioactive," including the single "Let's Roll" with Kid Rock.

"I don't bother Marshall (Mathers) at all," says Yelawolf, 32 (real name Michael Atha). "If I need to speak to him, he's there, but he's an artist and his space creatively, I'm sure is crowded. So I don't ask for anything, to tell you the truth.

"And I'll tell you, he could not do anything for me ever again and I would still be eternally grateful for what he's done for me so far. It's been amazing."

Yelawolf has delayed starting work on his next Shady album, "Love Story" -- "I did 'Radioactive' in two weeks, and I want to have more time on the next one," he explains -- but he still has plenty of music recently out, or coming. He and British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran collaborated on an EP, "The Slumdon Bridge," that came out earlier this year, and he's recorded another EP with M18 and DJ Frank White. Yelawolf and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker have also made yet another EP, "Psycho White," as an outgrowth of Yelawolf's Country Fresh clothing line for Barker's Famous Stars and Straps attire company. And a collaboration with fellow MC Big K.R.I.T. is on the horizon.

"I just love doing music," Yelawolf explains. "For me, it's like therapy. I'm finding a real release in making music. I really enjoy being in the studio, being on stage -- those are the highlights of what we do, making it and then looking forward to performing it. I'm so happy to have the opportunity to do that, I can't tell you."

Yelawolf and Dagda perform Wednesday, May 30, at Saint Andrews Hall. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $18, and tickets for the original March 6 show will be honored. Call 313-961-8137 or visit www.livenation.com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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