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Interview:
There's nothing Shady about rapper Yelawolf 's work ethic
 

By GARY GRAFF
for Journal Register Newspapers

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Alabama rapper Yelawolf is "in full 'Radioactive' mode," pushing his debut album for Eminem's Shady Records label. But he also has his eye on the future -- and more new music he hopes to bring sooner rather than later.

Yelawolf (real name Michael Atha) has already started work on his next album, which he's tentatively titled "Love Story" for a 2013 release. "I did 'Radioactive' in two weeks, and I don't want to feel that rushed ever again," he explains.

"I felt like we definitely did a great job on 'Radioactive.' I'm very proud of it. But just looking up to people, the pioneers who put out great albums, I'd like to put a few months into a great album. I know what I hear and I know what I feel as far as making an album; even if I record it in two weeks, I want to sit with it and (work) with it and see what I can do -- not overthink it and be weird, but just put more time and thought into an actual album."

That's hardly the only thing on Yelawolf's agenda, however, He's recorded an EP called "Psycho White" with blink-182's Travis Barker that's coming out Nov. 13 and has recorded a mixtape with M16 and DJ Frank White called "the Heart of Dixie." Nearest and dearest to his heart, however, is "Country Cousins," a collaboration with fellow MC Big K.R.I.T. that the two have sworn to finally get around to finishing.

"It's been like a two-year thing, man; I'm busy, he's busy, and it doesn't get done," Yelawolf, 32, explains. "We know that when we get together, it can't be half-ass. That's my homey for life, so it could go down at any moment. There's no definite date, no definite time. I'm such a huge fan of his. I really want to do music with him, so I know it'll happen."

Yelawolf, Ritz, Trouble Andrew and DJ Vajra perform Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pease Auditorium on the Eastern Michigan University campus in Ypsilanti. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20. Call 734-487=5386 or visit www.emich.edu/convocation.

Web Site: www.emich.edu/convocation

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