Yelawolf is no longer... meet "MWA," aka Michael Wayne Atha.
It looks like yesterday’s feature on DJ Paul’s “Get Away” single might be the last we hear from the artist known as Yelawolf. On Monday, the Alabama native took to Instagram to announce that he will no longer go by the stage name Yelawolf, but rather his real government name Michael Wayne Atha, aka “MWA” for short.
In the lengthy IG post, Yelawolf MWA opened up about his depression after years of alcoholism & issues with family & friends. He also blamed his manager for some of his more recent problems, and even shared a clip of him in the hospital. Thankfully however, he cleared things up and said the clip was from a few weeks ago, and that he’s doing just fine right now kicking it.
No word yet if he’s still signed under Eminem’s Shady Records, but he should still have a forthcoming album on the way called Trial By Fire, dropping next year.
Check out the PSA (below) and let us know how you feel about the name change?
... they couldn't handle my vision .. I hoaxed the "suicide" of Yelawolf with my " blood art " along side a manic depressive state of mind from years of alcoholism .. after loosing my BiggieSmallz @shawtyfatt I decided to sober up and rebrand my new music as Michael Wayne Atha MWA (my given name from my beautiful mother Sheila Diane the original gangster .. named after Michael Landon and John Wayne) and shook the fuckin game 💥.. so much so that my own X manager and wanna be father had me apprehended and thrown in the psych ward in SD .. where they tried to break me and feed me drugs for 72 hours against my will .. I lost everything .. and lost 95% of every so called friend and business associates during my stay ... and I bounced back so fuckin hard and fast they should give me my own line of Olympic diving boards .. my soul must be spring loaded ... I am HipHop's answer to rock and roll .. and Nashville's answer to the debauchery they called pop country rap, did it.DONE !! currently inspired by the dopeness pouring out of California ... I found it time to rejoin myself on the west coast as the SKATEBOARDER of 28 years, the Visionary, CEO, White Trash High Fashion designer and Creative Director of my Mothers new multi conglomerate company SLUMERICAN ... that's right .. I gave her the keys .. congrats mom !! Your the illest !!!! God is good .. I'm pushing 300 days sober ... and happier than ever ... I love you all .. and thank you for your prayers .. they didn't go in vein .. so check this out all you other demonic sons of bitches .. you 👮 fucks .. I'll OWN that 51/50 MOTHER FUCKERS !! Cause We both got what we wanted .. you humiliated me infront of my fans family and friends ... and I came out the other side as the Alexander McQueen of skateboarding .. and it's PlanB /SkateMafia / 3.6 SLUMAFIA / and with the blessings of Del the funkyhomosapien .. I am NOW with the mighty mighty Hieroglyphics Crew !!! .. that's HIGH FASHION BITCH 💥💥💥💥 ... FUCK THATS SEXY !!! 🔩 MWA !! 🦅footage provided by my Angel for the day .. my brother Insta : @jake3944 Facebook Jacob Moreno .. and my 51/50 blood line will be available soon ✂ #slumerican
51/50 - MWA ... " get the fuck away from me hoe " .... http://djpaulkom.tv/dj-paul-get-away-ft-yelawolf-jon-connor-video/. @jonconnormusic @djpaulkom #slumerican #slumafia #hieroglyphicscrew #planb .. hours after my incarceration ... freedom on the mind .. click the link in the bio for new music 🎶 .. video by my brother @Ounzezilla ⚡⚡🦅⚡⚡ #slumerican