New Shady Records artist Yelawolf recently sat down to speak aobut the difference between being a lyricist, and being a songwriter. Stating that Eminem is a great example of both, Yelawolf says…
“Being an emcee and wordplay is just a perk to practicing for so many years. But the point to me is to make a good song. I’m pretty strange as far as the music that I listen to. I could be listening to James Taylor. I could be listening to Crunchy Black or I could be listening to Nas. You’re more interested in the artist not his lyrical ability. That’s nerdy, you know. Who cares? I don’t care if a rapper can flip a 100,000 words. It’s impressive but it’s also boring at times. It’s like, ‘That’s cool, man. But your song sucks.’ It’s a balance, yo.” (HipHopDX)
Yelawolf went on to discuss many other topics including the racial hurdles that are in his path and even how he deals with the many, many hecklers.
“As a white rapper, fuck man, and especially the way I step up there, the way I look and where I’m from and the shit I talk about — I had to be ready to fight. That helped my show. It also helped my show to have a band. I had a band for a while in [Atlanta] and people used to show up to our shows in helmets because it got that rowdy. So I took a piece of that and project that Rock & Roll energy through Hip Hop live. (HipHopDX)
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