D12‘s Bizarre has stepped forward to address accusations that white rap newcomer Yelawolf is trying to become the next Eminem.
From Biz’s perspective, Yela is a unique artist with his own story and brand.
“Let me tell you something about Yelawolf,” Biz said in an interview. “He is not Eminem and he’s not trying to be like Eminem. He is a country dude from a hick town in Alabama and he is himself. His music is who he really is and he’s totally different than Eminem. He is real dope though, and the lane he got nobody else has that right now or ever.” (Baller Status)
Last month, Biz spoke about developing a relationship with Yela.
“Yelawolf, I had heard the song with him and Raekwon, and I heard the song with him and Juelz [Santana], so I liked his vibe,” Bizarre explained in an interview. “One day he came by the studio in Atlanta and we ended up just hookin’ up, and just doin’ a song. What I love about Yelawolf is that no matter who he gets on a song with, he represents the redneck, country, backwoods of Alabama. [Laughs] He’s just giving his point-of-view, on a lot of stuff that I didn’t really know about the country lifestyle that he informed me on – and I kinda put him up on Detroit. That’s what the song is all about, it’s called ‘To The Left.'” (Hip Hop DX)
Yela recently talked about being signed to Interscope and the Eminem comparison.
“I’ve probably been through every label in the past couple of years,” laughs Yelawolf. “I don’t think we missed any. But after SXSW, it just got really heated, you know? Prior to that we had taken a few meetings, but we decided to just hold out and go knock it out there, see where it took us…I think it’s completely fair, especially now that I’m at Interscope [to be compared to Em.] There’s only been one internationally successful white rapper, so it’s human nature. Obviously I don’t know him as a person yet, but based on his lyrics and the music that he’s put out, there’s definitely a common ground of troubles. I’m absolutely up for it. I would love to work with Em. I’m a fan, so I’m definitely going to pitch it. I gotta take advantage of where I’m at.” (Billboard)
Earlier this month, the rapper discussed being a white emcee in a black genre of music.
“Years and years of great white artists. It’s going to take more classics from white artists that make international impacts,” Yela said about clearing out discrimination. “I mean Rock n’ Roll is black music, but there were plenty talented white Rock n’ Roll that just kind of made that line disappear. It’s going to take decades. It won’t happen in my lifetime. The odds are just slim for a white artist in Hip-Hop. This is a black culture… it’s just something you have to respect and appreciate. Have to be thankful that you’re able to do it. Do what you do and love what you do. You have to be passionate about what you do and let it live.” (All Hip Hop)
Listen to Yelawolf’s “Gone” song below: