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Eminem Fires A Killshot Diss At MGK & Diddy Gets Caught In The Crossfire (Audio)

On Wednesday, Eminem told Sway Calloway he was going to think things over before replying to MGK. “I’m gonna sit back, and I’m gonna wait for a second, just to see…because if people start firing off, and I try to answer every-f*cking-body that I dissed on Kamikaze, I’ma be [in... Read more

MGK Is The First To Fire Back At Eminem & He Gets Personal (Video)

On Friday (August 31), Eminem ambushed several figures in the Rap industry and media with his Kamikaze album. The sneak-attack release addresses a host of Rap peers, from Shady Records artist (via Slaughterhouse) Joe Budden to apparent jabs at Drake, along with pokes at Brand Nubian's Lord Jamar and Tyler,... Read more

Eminem May Have Just Revealed The Title Of His Next Album In The Craziest Way

For the last several weeks, anticipation has mounted that Eminem was on the verge of releasing a new album. On October 10, credible reports surfaced that a Shady/Aftermath release slated for November 17 was reserved for the Slim Shady boss, himself. Later that same evening, Eminem unleashed a BET Cypher... Read more

Def Jam Records May Soon Be The Gold Standard For Rap Once Again (Video)

This week, it was announced that Eminem's manager and Shady Records partner Paul Rosenberg will be Def Jam's next CEO. Twenty years ago, the Detroit-based attorney started handling the career of Marshall Mathers when the rapper was self-marketing Infinite. One hundred million units sold later (through Shady Records), and Paul... Read more

Royce 5’9 Rates The Bars Of Today’s Rappers & It Gets Ugly (Video)

Royce 5'9 has secured a place at the top of Hip-Hop's present day songwriters. The Detroit, Michigan MC has proven exceptional at writing from personal places and, at times, simply showing off wordplay, clever punchlines, and cunning jabs at lesser lyricists. Royce 5’9 Sets The Bar 4 2017 With The... Read more

Yelawolf Tells A Haunting Tale Of What Really Lives Beyond The Shadows (Video)

When Yelawolf first popped the trunk in 2010, he flashed a lot more than iron. The Gadsden, Alabama MC had a nimble flow and an observant eye and pen for the multiple worlds and cultures around him. Well before he was backed by Eminem and Shady Records, "Catfish Billy" carved... Read more

Yelawolf’s First Release From His New Album Sees Daylight & It’s A Barn Burner (Video)

Over the Summer, Yelawolf announced his third album was complete and predicted it would be released sometime in the Fall. In an interview with German outlet Hip-Hop DE, Yela revealed the album would be titled Trial By Fire, and said of the project, "It's done. It's turned in and it's... Read more

Yelawolf Signs Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul To Slumerican

One of the biggest comebacks in recent Rap memory has been surrounding Juicy J. The Memphis, Tennessee Hip-Hop pioneer and founding member of Three 6 Mafia reinvented himself with 2013's Stay Trippy. Juicy's first major label solo LP (Sony Records) would be executive produced by Wiz Khalifa, bringing the artist... Read more

Yelawolf & Travis Barker Deliver an Unflinching Look at the Good & Bad of American Life (Video)

After debuting the audio for their latest collaboration on Sway in the Morning last week, Yelawolf and Travis Barker have re-emerged with a phantasmagorical video for "Out of Control." The Alabama MC has never shied away from the controversial and Barker's career trajectory as the drummer for Blink 182 and... Read more

Yelawolf Revs Up His Flow & Angst Over Travis Barker Drums (Audio)

Yelawolf and Travis Barker's working relationship has long been established, thanks to "Psycho White." Both artists blend their love of Hip-Hop with Rock & Roll, and Punk culture. Today (February 12), Sway In The Morning premiered the pair's latest collaboration, "Out Of Control." The song features Travis laying down a... Read more

With Compelling Photography, An Artist Hopes To Lessen The Stigma Of Mental Illness

Dior Vargas, a self-described "Latina Feminist Mental Health Activist," is bringing much-needed attention to the prevalence of mental illnesses in communities of color through a photography project that asks everyday people to raise awareness about the issue. In general, mental illness is one of those touchy subjects that makes many... Read more

Yelawolf Lashes Out Against Burning Of Confederate Flag & Cites Others in Hip-Hop Who’ve Worn It

Throughout his career, Yelawolf has celebrated his Southern roots. The Gadsden, Alabama MC/singer made songs that embraced his heritage in patriotism, such as "Made In The U.S.A." and "Back To Bama." The Shady/Ghet-O-Vision/Interscope Records artist has never been above embracing less than glamorous lifestyle qualities, heard in "Slumerican Shitizen." On... Read more

Yelawolf, Kxng Crooked, Royce Da 5’9″ & Rittz Host a Lyrical Clinic. MCs Take Note…(Audio)

Rittz is a confident MC--so much so that he invited three of Hip-Hop's fiercest spitters to join him on his remix. The result? Six minutes of nothing but rapid-fire BARS. Yelawolf, Royce Da 5'9" and Kxng Crooked (pka Crooked I) join the remix to Rittz's "LAF," and it plays like... Read more

Are Comedians the Only Ones Keeping It Real on TV? Larry Wilmore Takes Down the Confederate Flag (Video)

In the ongoing conversation about racial injustice in this country, public discourse is moving at a breakneck speed, with daily occurrences adding layers of complexity to what is already a contentious debate. The latest hot-button issue is the Confederate flag and its history, role, and purpose. Opinions on the issue... Read more

Yelawolf Speaks With Brutal Honesty About His Alcoholism and Why He Will Not Stop Drinking (Video)

Yelawolf was recently a guest on ESPN's Highly Questionable. The show has yielded several noteworthy Hip-Hop-related moments over the last year, including John Starks' revelation that Biggie's "I Got a Story to Tell" was a true story, and ScHoolboy Q discussing his scariest moment as a gang banger. Yelawolf's appearance... Read more

Yelawolf Is Still Poppin’ The Trunk, But To Get His Guitar (Video)

In the last five years, Yelawolf's style has changed, but not entirely. The Shady Records artist is well-aware of his diverse fan-base. There are those expecting him to rap, incredibly fast at that, with Southern Gothic imagery that only a Gadsden, Alabama native can deliver. Then there are now those... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of April 2015 in One Playlist (Audio)

The month of April 2015 in Hip-Hop brought some welcomed surprises. A slew of artists released high quality freestyles over classic 90s beats, including Fabolous, Jadakiss, Styles P and Lloyd Banks, to name a few. Raekwon laid the groundwork for his F.I.L.A. (Fly International Luxurious Art) album, with releases featuring... Read more

Yelawolf & Eminem Serve Revenge Cold With Red Hot Flows (Video)

Yelawolf has released the official video for "Best Friend," his mournful prayer with Eminem. The song is part sorrowful reflection and part vengeful sermon about past transgressions each has suffered the forthcoming consequences for their enemies--a one way trip for a meeting with the Maker. Staying with the theme of... Read more

Yelawolf & Eminem Go Behind The Love Story (Video)

Last week Yelawolf released his single featuring Eminem, "Best Friend," and today (April 21) he has officially released his second studio album on Shady Records, Love Story. While on set filming a music video for "Best Friend," Yelawolf & Eminem made a quick video to remind fans to buy the... Read more

Yelawolf & Eminem Bring Great Vengeance & Furious Anger To Verse (Lyric Video)

The biggest song of this week—at least evident by the AFH readership—has been Yelawolf & Eminem's "Best Friend." At the intersection of high concept and skillful rapping, the Love Story (April 21) single plays like a prayer—but not of the traditional form. Instead, both of these childhood outcasts ask the... Read more

Yelawolf & Eminem Look to the Heavens for a Place to Send Their Enemies (Audio)

Yelawolf has released the full version of an epic collaboration with Eminem. Each MC is capable of delivering rapid-fire blistering lyrical assaults, but they divide and conquer on "Best Friend." Rather than rapping, Yela sings on the haunting first verse and then throws the alley-oop to Em who slips into... Read more

Listen to the Best Hip-Hop of March 2015 All in One Playlist (Audio)

Along with the start of Spring, the month of March brought much to celebrate in Hip-Hop. Action Bronson released Mr. Wonderful, his major label debut album. DJ EFN hit Heads off with a slew of amazing collaborations on his Another Time LP. Earl Sweatshirt fired the latest salvo from Odd... Read more

Yelawolf Gets The Led Out As He Uncoils A Dazed & Confused Freestyle (Audio)

In 2014, Yelawolf revived his tradition of busting raps over Classic Rock tracks. Pink Floyd, The Doors, Jimi Hendrix, and a more contemporary backdrop in Primus were some of the textures the Alabama MC/singer sourced. In 2015, he's back at it yet again. Led Zeppelin's "Dazed & Confused" was one... Read more

Yelawolf is a True Son of Anarchy With His Whiskey in a Bottle (Video)

Last year, Yelawolf got a high profile song placement in the final season of Sons of Anarchy, with his song "Till It's Gone." With the video for "Whiskey in a Bottle," Catfish Billy shows some of the many sides of his real-life rebel mode. The visuals find Yelawolf seemingly going... Read more

Yelawolf Spits Whiskey Literally & Figuratively (Lyric Video)

Spitting whiskey over a bonfire causes big flames if you do it right. Yelawolf is out for his own burn in Love Story single, "Whiskey In A Bottle." The Alabama MC releases a video kicking these lyrics with emphasized sincerity for the camera lens, with some potent elixir in his... Read more

Yelawolf Continues His Blues Rock Romp with Whiskey in a Bottle (Audio)

Yelawolf's sound continues to evolve. "Whiskey In A Bottle," his official new single, employs the hard percussion Heads heard in Yela's work with Travis Barker and the bluesy rock for which the MC has had a taste as of late, but the Gadsden, Alabama MC maintains his prickly flow, chip... Read more

It’s A Backroads Drag Race For Yelawolf’s Down (Video)

In the Ghet-O-Vision days, cars added a ton to Yelawolf's videos. Now with the added value of Shady Records backing, ain't nothin' changed. For "Down," the Shady XV single, a lifted '70s K-series Chevrolet pick-up truck and a 1969 Chevrolet Chevelle (as seen in other Yela' videos) lead the charge... Read more

Yelawolf Performs an Acoustic Version of Til It’s Gone with Travis Barker (Video)

Yelawolf went on a blues rock tear last year with a series of freestyle releases over songs by Pink Floyd, The Doors and Jimi Hendrix. The sound spilled over into his song Til It's Gone from his forthcoming Love Story album. He recently performed an acoustic version of the song... Read more

Listen to Over 170 of the Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2014 in One Playlist (Audio)

2014 was an incredibly diverse year for Hip-Hop, musically and thematically. Many of the sounds that have dominated airwaves and web streams remained, but something returned that had been missing from the culture for quite some time: the voice of the people. In a year that saw more unrest in... Read more

GOAT: Which One of These MCs Deserves a Shot at Advancing to Round 2?

As we continue the ultimate battle for the title of the GOAT (Greatest of All-Time), we are asking you to help us rank who is the greatest MC to pick up a mic. We will take over 35 years of Hip-Hop into consideration, pairing special match-ups in a sequence not... Read more

Eminem, Yelawolf & Slaughterhouse Are All Killer, No Filler (Audio)

The treats keep falling off the Shady tree gearing up for Shady XV. "Psychopath Killer" is an Eminem song, featuring his 2011-present star signings, Slaughterhouse and Yelawolf. Just Blaze, Boi-1da, and The Maven Boys team up to make a track that's quite Horrorcore-themed, something you might expect to hear on... Read more

Eminem & Shady Records Plan 66-Song DJ Whoo Kid Double Mixtape

The news surrounding Shady Records' Shady XV won't stop getting bigger. As if including a demo version of "Lose Yourself" didn't sweeten the deal to a ground-swelling Shady cXVpher, it gets better... In a new Rap Radar podcast with Whoo Kid and Eminem's manager/Shady CEO Paul Rosenberg, it has been... Read more

Eminem Released Infinite 18 Years Ago Today

With the anticipated release of his 9th studio album, Shady XV, Eminem continues to prove that he still has a ton of fire left in his gut. Look no further for proof of this fact than with the release of his 18 minute lyrical massacre, "Shady CVXPHER," that recently set... Read more

Shady’s cXVypher Features Eminem, Slaughterhouse & Yelawolf. Get Your Rewind Finger Ready (Video)

Crooked I: Covering topics from Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson killing Michael Brown to his own poverty, Crooked I fires off verbal rounds like a Thompson machine gun as he delivers his thesis from a Long Beach chop-shop. Joe Budden: Joe looks within his family to discuss the stresses weighing... Read more

Yelawolf Provides A Chilly Narrative For Til It’s Gone (Video)

With the lyric video already abuzz, Yelawolf releases the official video for Love Story single, "Til It's Gone." With Catfish Billy on an air-boat, surrounded by snakes, alligators, and a most Darwinist view of nature, the visual tells the story of a man out to feed his child, while owing... Read more

In Halloween Season, Eminem’s Shady XV Artwork Hits The Spot

Six weeks away, Eminem unveiled the simple-but-seasonally-relevant artwork to his Shady XV compilation today (October 13) via Instagram video. The LP is slated to feature the likes of Yelawolf, Slaughterhouse, Alchemist, and other Shady Records artists and affiliates. Loading Back to basics! Here's the cover for #SHADYXV out 11/24. View... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop to Drop in September 2014 (Audio)

As we ease into October, here's a look back at some of the amazing music that came out in September 2014. You'll hear songs from DJ Quik, Nas, The Lox, Schoolboy Q, Common, Jay Electronica, MC Lyte, Childish Gambino, Raekwon, Logic, Rapsody, Yelawolf, Diamond D, Elzhi, Talib Kweli, Nature, Rick... Read more

Big K.R.I.T. Explains Being Sharper In 2010 vs. 2014, Less Likelihood Of Country Cousins (Audio)

With his sophomore major label album, Cadillactica (premiered last night, September 30) just over five weeks away (November 11), Big K.R.I.T. is the latest guest on The Combat Jack Show. Making his 2014 stop on the audio program, Krizzle really opened up on everything from his skills, to emotions, to... Read more

Yelawolf Gives It His All Til It’s Gone (Lyric Video)

Yelawolf is making career statement with his Love Story single, "Til It's Gone." A strong change in production, a breakthrough in Yela's singing, and a different energy to his music, the effort may be the Gadsden, Alabama MC's biggest crack at the mainstream. However, longtime fans ought to see that... Read more

Yelawolf Reworks Jimi Hendrix As A Modern Man’s Voodoo Chile (Audio)

Yelawolf's freestyle diggin' in the Classic Rock continues. This time, the pride of Gadsden, Alabama salutes the pride of Seattle, Washington. Catfish Billy goes down to some old Electric Blues, sketching out lyrics about some evil tendencies on the mic, covering the Jimi Hendrix Experience's 1968 Electric Ladyland album single,... Read more

Yelawolf Flexes A Very New Sound On His Love Story First Single (Audio)

Yelawolf's hard at work on his third studio solo album, Love Story. In addition to a new look and the motorcycles in lieu of Caprices, the recording for this album has paralleled some personal growth, including an engagement, a return to his Classic Rock roots, and a healthy avoidance of... Read more

Yelawolf Keeps Diggin’ In Rock Crates, Freestyling On A Doors Deep Cut (Audio)

Following last week's (September 2) freestyle over Pink Floyd's hit "Money" and another over Primus, Yelawolf keeps the Rock & Roll throwbacks coming, freestyling over The Doors' "Alabama Song." The deeper cut comes as a fitting choice for the Gadsden, Alabama native. On it, he talks extra slick, and engages... Read more

Here’s a Playlist of the Best Hip-Hop of August 2014 (Audio)

August was a banner month for Hip-Hop. Not only was there good music but several artists used their talents to speak out against the killing of Michael Brown and the events that transpired in Ferguson, MO. Though the Summer is fading, the heat generated from the music in August lingers.... Read more

Yelawolf Freestyles Over A Primus Beat, Really Well (Audio)

Yelawolf likes Rock & Roll just as much as he enjoys Hip-Hop. Heads who heard Catfish Billy's breakthrough 2008 mixtape Stereo know that it's nothing for the Gadsden, Alabama MC to tear apart Rock breaks. Rapping over Lynyrd Skynyrd and Pink Floyd tracks, the fast-rapping MC went to work in... Read more

Yelawolf is Back with a Hard Driving Guitar-Tinged New Release (Audio)

Yelawolf has been relatively quiet this year, but he's back with a hard driving, guitar-tinged new single dedicated to one of the love's of his life. Check out Honey Brown. Related: Yelawolf Turns The Keys To The Pickup Truck In Box Chevy V (Video)... Read more

Yelawolf Turns The Keys To The Pickup Truck In Box Chevy V (Video)

Although Yelawolf has been in the mainstream Hip-Hop scene for less than five years, he's quickly become one of the biggest endorsers of Chevrolet. Up there with Trick Daddy and Death Row-era Dr. Dre, Yela has made anthem after anthem about Caprices, Impalas, Monte Carlos, and Malibus. Now, for "Chevy... Read more

Yelawolf Celebrates His Wheels on His Latest Single, Box Chevy V (Audio)

Pimp C, E-40, King T, and now Yelawolf. Gearheads and Rides subscribers must love the kind of Hip-Hop that gives as much attention to automobilia as these guys. For his third major label go'round, Yelawolf is back to pay great homage to his "Box Chevy" those same late '70s-early '90s... Read more

Yelawolf & DJ Paul Drop The Metal-Inspired Black Fall EP (Mixtape)

Yelawolf linked with one of his biggest influences, Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul for a series of studio sessions. The pair claimed to have bonded in the overlay between Hip-Hop and Heavy Metal. As a preview to bigger release plans, the duo dropped Black Fall EP in the last 24... Read more

AFH: The Week in Video (10/20/13) (Video Playlist)

This week in video brought Cyphers from TDE, Slaughterhouse, Action Bronson, Jon Connor, Rapsody, Rittz and more as well as new videos from Method Man, Jill Scott, Chance the Rapper, Yelawolf & Paul Wall, Joey Bada$$ and more. Check it all out below. The BET Hip Hop Awards Cyphers The... Read more

Yelawolf Enlists Paul Wall For Some Trunk Muzik Hustling That Works On Two Levels (Video)

"Hustle" has become such a Hip-Hop cliche. Ever since Ricky Rozay's breakthrough 2006 single, everybody's hustling and/or a hustler, but everybody's looking for dividends. Both Yelawolf and Paul Wall have entered the scene (five-plus years apart, at the mainstream level) focused more on style than pushing the hustling envelope. For... Read more