There’s this rapper from Alabama, Yelawolf. He was born in Gadsden. He’s recently achieved mainstream notoriety thanks to several guest spots, the most notoriety-able being his long verse in Big Boi’s “You Ain’t No DJ” off Big Boi’s Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty. His first full-length album, Radioactive, will be released September 27.
Yelawolf is a lot like Eminem, which is to say he’s white and from a poor family and he seems angry. The comparison is lazy and no doubt tired by now — look! they’re both white and poor! — but oh well: Yelawolf is kinda like Eminem if Eminem was a 21st century Faulkner character dealing with substance abuse and obsessed with hip-hop culture. (His lyrics have even been called “Faulknerian.”) His rhymes contain references to meth, Mossy Oak, and catfish fries.
And if all that bothers you, don’t worry: he also raps about wearing “Crimson Tide Alabama sweat pants.” His dad also occasionally shoots trespassers in the back, trespassers who try to “steal his ammo,” trespassers who wear conspicuous, officially licensed orange and navy hoodies.
Warning: The video is full of colorful language and general NSFWness.
Giving publicity to Bama fans who make a living fantasizing about a Dirty South dystopia (the “Heavy Metal” graffiti with the Bama-script “A” is a nice touch) where Auburn fans are casually shot in the back with shotguns (if you can’t beat’em, murder’em) is something we typically try to avoid. But “tracking Auburn in pop culture” means tracking Auburn in pop culture, wherever it leadeth.
Eagle Eye Award to Mal Jenkins, who also noticed a Bama “A” tattoo on the dude’s forearm.
* Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Bragg discusses the Bama’s dismay at Auburn’s championship
* Videographer behind AU hype videos wasn’t initially sold on “All I Do is Win”
* The Auburn Eyefuls of 1952
* I Survived the Kopper Kettle Explosion and all I got was this t-shirt
* Erin Andrews at Toomer’s Corner
* The Ron Swanson Pyramid of Auburn
* Against Me! bassist pulls for the Tigers
* Player on 1972 ‘Amazin’s’ squad battling Lou Gehrig’s Disease
I have no words.
He was also featured along with several other rappers from all over the world on the amazing new song by Tech N9ne called Worldwide Choppers. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CSQUfTBcOu4
I think I saw Bubba Sparxxx do this a few years ago … I wonder whatever happened to that shooting star?
Well, it’s definitely no “Auburn Blue” that’s for sure…
martie 13 says
I’m actually a fan of Yelawolf, but damn. Did have to be wearing an AU sweatshirt.
martie 13 says
Auburn Elvis says
Obviously, the dead guy’s a Bammer thief who stole the sweatshirt on his way over to go steal… whatever it is he was looking for on that fine, Updyke-worthy property.
Hey, if they’ll shoot their on son after a loss to Arkansas, it’s certainly reasonable that they will shoot a guy wearing AU.
“Enough to give a penguin chills” Really? That’s a line in your ‘gangsta’ rap song?
Faulknerian? More like faulking terrible.
Just ignore this guy.
Makes you proud to be from the state of Alabama, huh?
Actually, while it isn’t my favorite form of entertainment, as far as rap goes, this guy grows on you.
Michael Val Hietter says
I am suing War Eagle Reader to reclaim the 4:01 of my life that was claimed by this video–okay, my time isn’t worth that much, but you get my opinion 🙂
“Don’t make me go” listen to this song ever again. We are not in Yoknapatawpha County anymore.
I feel you, Michael. Almost just went with screen caps and a link to the video for those who dared.
LOL. I think they need to edit in a few more close-ups of traumatized/confused-looking unattractive people.
Michael Val Hietter says
thewareaglereader: Thank you for validating my opinion of this video!
LostHSV: Great reference to Faulkner’s literary county, there! My Senior High School English teacher was/is a HUGE Faulkner fan–I think he would be a little upset at the comparison of Faulkner to this hump here.
(who unfortunately and tearfully has to admit that “Don’t make me pop the trunk on you” is one heck of a catchy hook for this song!)
Seriously? This video is disturbing only because it’s so badly done.
This hating makes me angry. Why oh whyyy do people take the time to write and talk and bash if they dont like what they see? You are giving it attention either way. I dont know about you, but i woulnt want to give someone or something that I didnt like ANY of my time. Youre all hurtin ass haters. Go do something good with yourselves. As much as you might hate his music, hes making a damn good living. If you can say the same, good for you. If not, then dont talk. -Sincerely, a loyal Yelawolf FAN.
I can tell you’re teasin! Cause if you are really dedicated to kumbaya and all that, you wouldn’t revel in a misogynistic, violent, murder-proposing, and thug-glorifying musician, –
I am glad he’s making a living. And, for his sake, I hope there are more folks like you (claim to be) who can continue to support this “artist.” He’s really quite the nasty little guy.
Does anyone else see the irony in nunya’s post???
Makes me giggle.
Al...not from Dadeville says
Nice…*rolls eyes* Cause you know being gangsta is all about rock salt and buck shot. Maybe try a Tec-9, loser.
yeah, abc…I caught nunya’s irony.
This video and song are both absolutely disgusting. This guy is an embarassment to all people living in the state of Alabama
AU MOM2011 says
LMFAO @Dave / cosign – @abc….. I’m sure Nunyabizz has no idea how ironic & ridiculous that little rant makes them appear. I guess it takes one to know one. At least our “hatin hurtin asses” didn’t waste any money on studio time, producers, and on that wack ass video to ‘hate’. The hottest thing in the video was that Auburn Hoodie! No offense, but under those living conditions, forget shooting the trespasser… I’d rather just shoot myself!!! LOL
Edwin G says
Redneck rap. Hillbilly hip-hop.
We useta call these types of guys “Wu Tang Clampetts”.
its funny how all the auburn fans hate…if this dude was an auburn fan shootin a bama fan yall would love it….so dont be hypocritical..and also realize that one man can make a team…..ask the colts
@rooper3 We wouldn’t love it if Yelawolf was an Auburn fan. We might not “hate” on it openly, but I guarantee at the very least we’d just ignore it. And nice logic. Yes one man makes a team. He was just one of 22 seniors on the team, but I guess none of them played, and Cam also put on a number 90 jersey every time we were on defense. Why are you even reading WAR EAGLE Reader. At the same time, I’m not sure how bringing up the “one man” argument here adds to the discussion in anyway, but what do I know. 28-27.
buck hunter says
I can’t believe anyone would shoot a buck that small. Damn wanna be farming, ain’t got no college of ag bammers. War Eagle!!!!
Keep it classy, Bammer. Keep it classy.
And did this guy get permission from either school to use the school images? I find it hard to believe that even UA would allow someone to use their image this way.
Michele EmeryPerez says
It’s 2022 and I love Yelawolf so much that my husband and I just spend 30 minutes laughing out loud at these comments! Whoever wrote this article might consider doing the bare minimum of research required to actually have an opinion on the topic first, lest they look ignorant and foolish as they grow cold and wither in the billowing shadow of the great mighty YELAWOLF! (Bama!)