Following his debut UK shows and release of album Radioactive last year, Yelawolf has announced a full tour for May including a show at London's Electric Ballroom. Radioactive is Yelawolf's opportunity to open up and share some of the non-musical experiences that have made him the man and artist he is today. For as volatile as it sounds, the actual dictionary term for 'radioactive' leaves a lot to the imagination. But just as he does with every word he spits, Ghet-O-Vision / Shady recording artist Yelawolf gives it new life and meaning. Making it a fitting title for his official debut album.
With a life story that no book could contain, the artist born Michael Atha could have auditioned for the 'most interesting man in the world' title. Geograpically, he was born in a state that rests between Mississippi and Georgia but mentally he was raised in a state of constant change. Bouncing around between Alabama and Tennessee as a child, Wolf's upbringing exposed him to the impoverished realities of both White America's trailer parks and Black America's ghettos.
The duality would finally define itself on a fateful evening where his mother was playing host to a group of friends who happened to be the roadie crew for rapstars Run DMC. It was that night where Wolf, who was raised on a healthy dosage of Southern Rock, would hear songs like My Adidas and Beastie Boys' Paul Revere for the first time. From that point on he knew that Hip Hop was now in his DNA.
After years of toiling in the rap chitlin circuit, the mixtape matrix and doing hooks for a spectrum of artists ranging from Juelz Santana to Slim Thug, Wolf broke out in grand fashion with his critically acclaimed independent release Trunk Muzik (Ghet-O-Vision Ent.) on New Year’s Day 2010. Prideful boasts on songs like I Wish made listeners look beyond his tattoo-decorated skin and respect his skills. The excitement, paired with his unforgettable live shows, led to numerous magazine covers a record deal through Ghet-O-Vision / Interscope and then a partnership with Shady Records. The label founded by the man who many naysayers opted to unfavourably compare him to, Eminem. Yelawolf wastes no time taking you to these places on Radioactive.
Though he's been releasing material since the early 2000's, Radioactive qualifies as Yelawolf's official 'debut'. Unlike his prior efforts that were recorded in basements and garages, only to be appreciated by his first core of loyal fans, this album was captured amidst rigorous touring, growing anticipation and now, expectation. If his ability to survive the last ten years are any indication, Wolf will rise to the occasion and beyond.
Yelawolf will be coming to following cities in May 2012:
- Fri 4th – Manchester Academy 3 – 0161 832 1111
- Mon 14th – London Electric Ballroom – 0844 811 0051
- Tue 15th – Bristol O2 Academy 2 – 0844 477 2000
- Wed 16th – Birmingham O2 Academy 2 – 0844 477 2000
Tickets are £12.50 (£14.50 London) and are sale now from: http://www.gigsandtours.com / 0844 811 0051