Birth Name Michael Wayne Atha[1]
Birth Date December 30, 1979
Also Known As Yelawolf
Home Town Gadsden, Alabama
Genre Hip Hop
Occupation(s) Rapper
Years active 2005-present

Michael Wayne Atha (born December 30, 1979), better known by his stage name Yelawolf, is an American rapper. He is currently signed to Shady Records, Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and Interscope Records, and is managed by Redd Klay Entertainment.


Atha was born in Gadsden, Alabama, and is of Caucasian and Cherokee descent. His mother gave birth to him when she was 16. Atha's father was absent during his childhood; a time during which he attended over 15 schools and was heavily influenced by the culture in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Antioch, Tennessee, Gainesville, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia. While trying to stay out of trouble in a turbulent home life filled with drug and alcohol abuse, he discovered rap music in Tennessee and it soon became an obsession.

“When I lived in Antioch, they’d bus us down to the projects in Nashville to go to school and everything just started clicking with me with rap music and in life"..."I felt the connection, these kids had the same problems that I had at home,” Atha stated.[2] He competed on the 2005 reality series The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott. In a December 2010 interview with Canadian music website Exclaim!, he stated that his inspiration to break into hip-hop was OutKast's André 3000.[2]


Yelawolf signed to Columbia Records in 2007, but was released from the label the same year.[1] In 2010, he made a guest appearance on Bizarre's Friday Night at St. Andrews, as well as albums by Big Boi, Paul Wall, and Juelz Santana. His mixtape, Trunk Muzik 0-60, was his first project with a major label, and was released on November 22, 2010 under Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and Interscope Records.[3][4]

Yelawolf was featured on the cover of XXL's March 2011 issue, alongside fellow rapper Eminem and fellow new Shady Records signings Slaughterhouse.[5] His first studio album, Radioactive, is scheduled for release this summer.[6]

Yelawolf was also featured among XXL's Top Eleven Freshmen of 2011, releasing several songs on the magazine's yearly Freshman mixtape, along with Kendrick Lamar, Cyhi Da Prynce, Big K.R.I.T., and others.[7]

Eminem and Jim Jonsin are working together with Yelawolf, for his debut studio album "Radioactive", which will be released on Interscope and Shady Records.[8] On April 14, Yelawolf revealed that he will release his upcoming album during early September, and producers include Eminem, Jim Jonsin, Mr. Porter, Kawan "KP" Prather, Travis Barker, Chuck Inglish, Diplo, The Audibles, Pooh Bear and WillPower.[9]

On May 18, Yelawolf announced his first single off Radioactive will be titled "Gangsta of Love", featuring Cyhi Da Prynce.[10] On June 10, Yelawolf revealed the release date of Radioactive in London, England before his first performance, saying that it will be released in September 27.[11] In July 1 "Gangsta of Love" was leaked, it only features vocals by Cyhi Da Prynce in the outro of the song. The song was produced by Jim Jonsin. On July 7, Yelawolf announced that the leaked unfinished version of "Gangsta of Love", won't be the first single anymore and it won't make the final cut on the album.[12]




  • Arena Rap (2008), Redd Klay Records and Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment


  • Ball of Flames: The Ballad of Slick Rick E. Bobby (2008)
  • Stereo (2008)
  • Trunk Muzik (2010), Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment

Solo singlesEdit

Year Title Peak chart positions Album


2010 "Pop the Trunk" Trunk Muzik 0-60
"I Just Wanna Party"
(featuring Gucci Mane)
2011 "Daddy's Lambo"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Guest appearancesEdit

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap
2009 "Rocketman"
(Prof & St. Paul Slim featuring Yelawolf)
Recession Music[15]
"I Run"
(Slim Thug featuring Yelawolf)
49 20 Boss of All Bosses
"Looking for a Change"
(Alex King featuring Yelawolf and Sonny Bama)
"Like a Sewing Machine"
(Alex King featuring Yelawolf and Struggle)
2010 "Down this Road"
(Bizarre featuring Yelawolf)
Friday Night at St. Andrews
"You Ain't No DJ"
(Big Boi featuring Yelawolf)
Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
"Live It"
(Paul Wall featuring Jay Electronica, Raekwon and Yelawolf)
Heart of a Champion
2011 "Worldwide Choppers"
(Tech N9ne featuring Busta Rhymes, Ceza, D-Loc, JL, Twista, Twisted Insane, U$O and Yelawolf)
104 All 6's And 7's
"Let’s Go"
(Travis Barker featuring Lil Jon, Busta Rhymes, Twista and Yelawolf)
119 Give the Drummer Some
"Push It"
(Jessie and The Toy Boys featuring Yelawolf)
Show Me Your Tan Lines

Remixes & FeaturesEdit

  • Big HUD - Smell My Cologne (featuring Yelawolf; produced by First Born)
  • Big K.R.I.T. - Hometown Hero (Remix) (featuring Yelawolf; produced by Big K.R.I.T.)[18]
  • Donnis - Country Cool (Remix) (featuring Yelawolf and Pill; produced by J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League)
  • SMKA - Deer Mama (featuring Yelawolf; produced by SMKA)
  • Emilio Rojas - Turn It Up (featuring Yelawolf; produced by DJ Green Lantern)[19]
  • Glamourlyke - Cutlass (featuring Yelawolf; produced by WillPower)
  • Hollyweerd - Buss It (featuring Yelawolf; produced by OperationADD)[20]
  • Feroz - Bring the Money Home (featuring Yelawolf; produced by J. Cardim)
  • Ludacris - How Low (Remix) (featuring Yelawolf and Rock City; produced by T-Minus)
  • Mr. Finley - Oh Yeah! (featuring Yelawolf; produced by WillPower)
  • Dreamer - Crazy Girlz (featuring Yelawolf; produced by OperationADD)
  • Neako - Suicide (Remix) (featuring Yelawolf, Shawn Chrystopher, Phil Adé and Stalley; produced by Neako)
  • Priceless the Kid - Witness (featuring Yelawolf)
  • Rittz - Sleep At Night (featuring Yelawolf; produced by Skapezilla
  • Rittz - Full of Shit (featuring Yelawolf and Big K.R.I.T.; produced by DJ Burn One)[21]
  • Eminem - 2.0 Boys (featuring Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf; produced by Eminem, Kawan "KP" Prather and WillPower)
  • Game - Rough (featuring Yelawolf; produced by Jim Jonsin)
  • Yelawolf - It's A Party (featuring B.o.B.; produced by Jim Jonsin)
  • Yelawolf - Shit I've Seen (featuring Trae Tha Truth; produced by Track Bangas)[22]
  • Cyhi Da Prynce - Bulletproof (featuring Yelawolf; produced by J Rob)[23]
  • Gucci Mane - Too Turnt Up (featuring Yelawolf)[24]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Yelawolf - Biography
  2. 2.0 2.1 Yelawolf
  3. Yelawolf On Meeting Eminem
  4. Yelawolf Shares Meeting with Eminem
  5. Eminem Covers XXL; Signs Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf
  6. YouTube - BOOTLEGKEV.COM: Yelawolf Interview w/ Bootleg Kev In Studio
  7. Download: XXL’s Freshman 2011 Mixtape | One Thirty BPM
  8. Jim Jonsin Talks Working With 50 Cent | HipHop-N-More
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Yelawolf > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles
  14. Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Issue Date: 2010-10-02
  15. Recession Music | Stophouse
  17. In The Studio: Tech N9ne & Yelawolf Work On ‘Worldwide Choppers’

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