Michael Wayne “ Yelawolf" Atha, 31, is sitting on a couch in the lobby of a boutique New York hotel talking about race. As a white rapper from tiny Gadsden, Ala. (population 36,000), with the word "RED" tattooed across his neck, it’s a subject that follows him everywhere he goes.
"I don’t hate the term ‘white rapper,’" Yelawolf says while being interviewed on camera by yet another hip-hop blogger — one of hundreds who have been tracking his rise during the past four years from Southern rap anomaly to Shady Records signee, a swarm that only intensified in the run-up to the Nov. 21 release of his Ghet-O-Vision/Shady/Interscope debut, "Radioactive." "It’s fully relevant and will always be… It’s important to hold to the culture as it is, no matter how abrasive that [term] might sound or it might be. Race is still real and you got to recognize it."
Radioactive” debuts this week at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 27 on the Billboard 200 on sales of 41,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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Kanye West has noted his regret at releasing two albums in the same Grammy period, but according to the Throne partner Jay-Z, 2012 may see a trio of releases from the two MCs.
"It depends on how this thing finishes up," Jay-Z told MTV News of the duo’s current tour. “We - when I say ‘we’ because I’m in Throne mode - we’re in a great place creatively. You might see a Jay, then Kanye and a Throne album next year. You know, we’re just really in a great place creatively. We really found our zone.”
West leads the 2012 Grammys with seven nominations, with both “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” and “Watch the Throne” nominated for Best Rap Album. Yet neither was nominated for Album of the Year, a snub he acknowledged during a Throne concert in Chicago earlier this month.
"But I figured out though, that’s my fault for dropping ‘Watch the Throne’ and ‘Dark Fantasy’ the same year," he said. "I should have just spaced it out a little bit more."
In the same remarks, he also told the crowd that more music was on the way.
"Don’t worry, because me and Hov gonna keep on making sh*t," he said.