Yelawolf stopped by the hitmusic offices in Hollywood for an interview about his nearly 15-year career. During the conversation, he discussed how he needed to leave his hometown in order to truly find his place in Hip Hop.
He described in detail some of his early shows with Rittz, B.o.B. and Big K.R.I.T. At one show in particular, Yelawolf remembers a wild sequence of events happening that included singer Fantasia twerking on stage while he was performing and Lil Wayne, DJ Khaled and music business veteran L.A. Reid watching from the side stage.
“I remember this one show and there was about 1,500 to 2000 kids,” he says. “It was a sold out show. Fantasia from American Idol jumped on stage and started twerking. I had hair down to my waist. Lil Wayne was there, DJ Khaled was there, L.A. Reid was there… The show was just crazy.”
After that performance, Yelawolf was told the labels didn’t know how to proceed with his music.
“After the show, the word I got back was this is dope, but they didn’t know what to do with it,” he said. “They were like, ‘This is cool, but what the fuck is this?'”