Yelawolf expresses frustration with his label Interscope, and also talks about upcoming collaborative EPs with Travis Barker, and Big K.R.I.T.
Yelawolf sat down for an interview with SkeeTV, and when asked how he felt about how his label, Interscope has managed him, the rapper pulled no punches, and dropped some expletives to relate his frustration. As advice to other artists trying to make it, the Alabama native is adamant that rappers should use a label as a promotional tool, not as the sole crutch in their careers.
It didn’t take much proding for Yela to open up, (from HipHopDX) “[Y]ou don't really fuckin' need a label anymore; you don't need a major label, you don't need none of that shit," he explained. "If they're not absolutely working as a promotional company, as an engine to promote your music every single fuckin' day…when you sign a contract, you better be damn sure that they have obligations to work your shit. A lot of nonsense comes with it; I wish I could say that I'm happy with my situation, but I'm not. I'm just putting it out there, that's my job.”
The Trunk Muzik emcee continued, “[Y]ou should only be joining a label to better your situation…you’re only helped if they do work…I don't have anything personal against Interscope or anyone up there, but my situation is not what it's supposed to be."
In the meantime, while his studio record seems stalled, Yelawolf will be releasing some collaborative EPs. Next up is a five-track EP with Travis Barker, “"I did a five-song EP with Travis Barker called Psycho White…We got together on this, just him and I, [and it was] just a meeting of the minds on these five records.” A Trunk Muzik sequel isn’t far off either, “up next after the dust settles off of Heart of Dixie, we're dropping Trunk Muzik Returns."
The much anticipated Alabama collabo with Big K.R.I.T. has been rumored and Yela says it’s an inevitability, but there is no timetable. “The Big K.R.I.T. collabo Country Cousins, yeah, it's definitely coming. I can't tell you when, but me an K.R.I.T. are going to make that happen for the fans. Everybody's asking about it, I think it's inevitable. It's going down…it's gonna be special."
Although Yelawolf seems maligned in his current major label situation, at least fans can look forward to quality music still being released.