Newly signed Shady Records artist Yelawolf has reflected on his deal with Eminem and what fans can anticipate from him in the future.
Yela said his Shady deal was kept on the low since mid-2010.
“Keeping quiet was the hardest sh*t in the world, honestly. I was just so excited for a while. And everyone from my team who did know was really responsible about not letting it out. But I met with Eminem about four to five months ago in Detroit. [Manager] Paul [Rosenberg] and Em flew me and my manager out to just kick it and get acquainted. From that meeting, I had no idea it would turn into this situation. I remember Paul was asking me about the meth problem in Alabama and I told him that I wrote ‘Pop The Trunk’ based off that issue. Next thing I know, Em starts rapping some of my lines from the song. I can’t even describe how that felt, I actually got super nervous. Em’s a real hip-hop fan, he knows about everything that’s going on.” (VIBE)
The rapper also promised new Shady Records music to come in 2011.
“We kicked it a couple times but we haven’t laid anything down yet. But I think we’re supposed to go to Detroit next week, so it’s coming. Just wait. I already know the pressure is there but if I let that shit get to me, it’ll affect my music. A lot of rappers have this obsession with staying underground, but I want to take it to the stadium level. We’ve been sitting on records for like four years that we knew were too big for a mixtape. So I’m just focused on writing a great album right now. That’s why I’m calling it Radioactive because I want to personally challenge myself and the industry. It’s a metaphor for my version of radio records. Now, it’s just time to put out a major album and let everyone know why I’m Shady.” (VIBE)
Earlier in the week, Yela hit up Twitter to share his post-Shady announcement reaction.
“Preshate everybody congratulating me .. I’m workin on my album right now .. More motivated than ever .. Ghet-O-Vision.Interscope.SHADY !!!!! Figured it was worthy time to change this profile pic …. SHADY 2011″ (Yelawolf’s Twitter)
Em made the deal official Wednesday (January 12) afternoon.
Eminem is back in more ways than one. The Detroit lyricist is reviving his Shady Records company, and Wednesday (January 12) he announced the signing of two new acts: underground supergroup Slaughterhouse and upstart rapper Yelawolf. Cashis and D-12 remain on the roster, but Em made no secret of wanting to bring new life to his company. “Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it’s kinda phase two of Shady,” Eminem explained in a statement. “It’s the new generation of Shady Records, and as we’re trying to rebuild our label, it’s exciting for hip-hop, and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody’s capable of on the mic, it’s gonna be fun.” (MTV)
Check out some recent Yelawolf footage below: