WRITER Stephanie Collazo
PHOTOGRAPHER Tyler Clinton
Yelawolf is back in full throttle after a short hiatus due to a ruptured spleen. The injury, which was the result of his antics during an energetic performance, put the Alabama rapper out of commission for a little over a month, resulting in the cancellation of a few shows. But don't think that a little spleen injury is going to slow down this bama boy, he has already kicked off his new tour, which will be making stops in Detroit, Miami, Manchester England, Paris and Tennessee for the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. In addition to performing at BamaJam this June Yelawolf will begin working on his sophomore album entitled Love Story, and let’s not forget the highly anticipated Travis Barker x Yelawolf EP that was announced in late January.
Inked: Your spleen ruptured not too long ago, how are you feeling?
Yelawolf: I’m getting back to normal; my performance has been affected by it though. I kind of have to chill out. I almost jumped in the crowd the other night because I had almost completely forgotten. The doctors told me that it’s going to take three to six months for my spleen to fully heal all the way back to normal, but I still feel symptoms from it. I’m all right; I’m back so I can’t complain.
Inked: Are there any long-term ramifications?
Yelawolf: I’ve got to for the rest of my life just chill the fuck out. I can't just do whatever… right now it’s just weak. If it burst again it can be worse, bleeding internally. It sucks so I just have to watch out. I can’t prevent shit from going down but instead of just throwing myself right into situations I have to be more hesitant.
Inked: How did you get into music?
Yelawolf: I was just born into the lifestyle. My mom is just 15 years older than me, and you've got to imagine being 7 with a 22-year-old mom, plus she was really pretty and super wild. Sex, drugs and rock n roll is pretty much how she lived and was always on the stage surrounded by it. On the stage with anyone from Ted Nugent to Alice Cooper and Randy Travis. The music business is small. She dated a road manager for a while and you know they switch artists all the time, they go to work for different artists, different tours different music. That kept a lot of different music coming in and out of the house. I don’t know what draws you to music. You can't really put your finger on that. What really makes you want to do it; I don't know it’s inside of you.
Inked: It was recently announced that you will be performing at BamaJam this year, are you excited to perform in your hometown?
Yelawolf: Yeah I’m glad I get to perform with Kid Rock, that's going to be sick. Going home is always scary for some reason [laughs]. I love going home but I’m always afraid of it, I want to do the best at home and I want to have the biggest shows but home is always tough. I don't think Alabama as a whole would favor me to be the voice of Alabama, Alabama is still so conservative you know? I don't fit the image of what I think the state as a whole would want, they don't want me to be the mascot [laughs]. I think that’s why it’s been so tough getting on the radio or getting on local television. [We’ve] got little local news channels, I did Letterman before I did that, and that’s like 10 miles from my house. I’m always excited to go back and play but I’m always nervous playing in front of family you know.