Occupation: Contract Artist (Mural Painting)
Hometown: Rainbow City, Alabama
By: Chantae Benson
Did you expect to be eliminated so soon in the competition?
Yelawolf: I got kicked off just for being real and that’s obvious. All the other contestants are just going to tell her what she wants to hear. When I opened up my mouth about the beat I knew what was up right away.
Missy Elliott spoke highly of your skills as an artist. Why do you think you were eliminated?
Yelawolf: I think Dallas Austin had something to do with the elimination. I didn’t deserve to leave then…. I represented on that show period.
Your bus mates seemed very disappointed by your elimination. Do you think it was unfair for you to be judged based upon one performance?
Yelawolf: We were up there three minutes and then some and they showed a little under eight bars of a verse. I came out there crunked. I had the crowd participating. They didn’t show any of the intro and outro, they showed what they wanted to show. It was all a set up, it was so obvious. Everybody else in the world was thrown by it. God did not intend for me to win that contest. I was there for a reason and that was to expose a little bit of truth, so I did my part.
During dinner you mentioned to Missy Elliott that you did not like the track/beat she made. Do you feel you overstepped your boundaries with that comment?
Yelawolf: I think some other people thought I did. But who is Missy Elliott besides Missy Elliott the girl who was in school just like me… How come I can’t get open with her?
What was the most difficult part about being on the road?
Yelawolf: Missing my family was really hard. I had a newborn on the way which really had me nerve racked. I would say that affected my energy a lot. If anything affected my appearance, my energy, or my attitude the most it would be missing my family.
You mentioned during the last show that you had a tough decision to make because you were missing your wife and kids while being on the road. At any time did you contemplate dropping from the tour?
Yelawolf: The first day I was like this wasn’t for me. I truly felt like whoever was going to win the competition it definitely wasn’t going to be me. When I first auditioned it was the search for the next hip hop superstar. Later I found out it was the Missy Elliott Project then the Road to Stardom. When I made the cut I was like this ain’t about no hip hop.
In retrospect, would you have done anything differently. Do you have any regrets?
Yelawolf: I would have never said I could have been a superstar. It doesn’t even sound right coming from my mouth and that is something the people should determine. That’s just a naive statement. I would rather people label what they want me to be. My job is to just put out this music.
Are you still going to pursue a career in the music industry?
Yelawolf: I’ve recorded over 100 records in the past maybe six years. I’ve got an album ready to go. I have songs ready to go. I have contractual agreements with the Missy Elliott show. Once the green light on that is clean, it’s over. I put my heart and soul into this music and I’ll never stop because I feel like I have something to say, a different aspect of something that needs to be heard.
What did you learn about yourself through the competition?
Yelawolf: I learned that keeping your composure is priceless. I’m so glad I didn’t snap hard on the table. I had a lot on my heart I didn’t say. I think keeping your composure goes a long way.
What is your most memorable moment on the show?
Yelawolf: My dedication to my grandfather, that was the highlight of my trip. To be able to do that was a gift and he deserves it.
What advice would you give to the remaining contestants?
Yelawolf: Don’t do anything that’s going to be demeaning to your character or who you are during this show.