15 Songs, 57 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from rural Alabama, Yelawolf has gone from perpetually struggling, under-underground emcee to critical darling with a major-label deal and huge budget in just a few short years. Radioactive is his first big release (he dropped Creek Water in 2005, and also has a bunch of mixtapes to his credit). This pairs him up with a gang of superstars, such as Kid Rock ("Let's Roll"), Lil Jon ("Hard White"), and Killer Mike ("Slumerican Shitizen"). Stylistically, he comes with an angsty, machine-gun flow strikingly similar to Eminem (who signed him to Shady Records and also appears on the excellent "Throw It Up"), with hard rock and country-flavored tracks backing lyrics about small-town living, trailer park poverty, dues paid, and a lifetime of struggle. With its ultra-slick production (from Will Power, Diplo, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Jim Jonsin), and a co-sign from Mr. Shady himself, there's no doubt that Yelawolf could be very, very big. Don't miss "Good Girl," "Animal," and the autobiographical closer, "The Last Song."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Hailing from rural Alabama, Yelawolf has gone from perpetually struggling, under-underground emcee to critical darling with a major-label deal and huge budget in just a few short years. Radioactive is his first big release (he dropped Creek Water in 2005, and also has a bunch of mixtapes to his credit). This pairs him up with a gang of superstars, such as Kid Rock ("Let's Roll"), Lil Jon ("Hard White"), and Killer Mike ("Slumerican Shitizen"). Stylistically, he comes with an angsty, machine-gun flow strikingly similar to Eminem (who signed him to Shady Records and also appears on the excellent "Throw It Up"), with hard rock and country-flavored tracks backing lyrics about small-town living, trailer park poverty, dues paid, and a lifetime of struggle. With its ultra-slick production (from Will Power, Diplo, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, and Jim Jonsin), and a co-sign from Mr. Shady himself, there's no doubt that Yelawolf could be very, very big. Don't miss "Good Girl," "Animal," and the autobiographical closer, "The Last Song."

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