This is definitely not a rap album at all. Rap fans are not going to rock with this one at all. There’s really not much replay value on here either. The only song that might have some staying power might be “Rock & Roll Baby.” This one I can kind of hear being played a little more than other songs, but all in all, this album is not going to get much play at all. Rap fans, just skip on past this one.
Yelawolf has been on a literal tear through projects recently and he gives us yet another one by teaming up with the legendary DJ Muggs on the production side. That is probably the better part of this album too. Muggs on the boards is always a special thing and he really provided some dope beats that were almost tailored just for Yelawolf. The drums he uses are always just so hard-hitting. On the lyrical side, Yelawolf is pretty average on this one. You’re not really going to get anything too mind-bending here. I know he’s capable of it, it’s just that he doesn’t display his finest efforts which is definitely strange considering DJ Muggs made the beats. You will get features from B-Real, Caskey, Del The Funky Homosapien, DJ Paul, and more to add to the mix. All in all, this was pretty standard.
Yelawolf has been on a tear recently putting out project after project. This latest one is a solo album with 14 new tracks. Overall, this is not one of his better works. A lot of these songs don’t really hit very well. Yelawolf definitely has bars, I just don’t think that he demonstrated that fully here with this offering. The beats aren’t the best either. He just wasn’t as successful at crafting songs that hit and stick. The highlight on this project is the sung “Rocks At Your Window.” It’s got a decent melody and plays through pretty well. Other than that, there really isn’t too much else that is slamming on here. Yelawolf definitely has to try harder on the next one.
Yelawolf joins forces with DJ Paul and these 2 give the best of both worlds with this offering. DJ Paul gives that classic sounding Three 6 Mafia type Memphis sound that we all love. Every track sounds perfectly designed for the original members of Three 6 Mafia. Yelawolf delivers his signature fast-paced and complex rhyme style. He tailors his flow so that it matches the beats perfectly. There are a few features from the likes of Gangsta Boo, Caskey, and Badd Wolf. This was a really good matchup overall. This project was the combination that no one really thought about and we didn’t even realize that we needed.
Yelawolf teams up with an absolute mess of a rapper otherwise known as Riff Raff. Yelawolf is very respectable on the mic, while on the other hand, Riff Raff is a disgrace to the art. I don’t know why they teamed up on this one, but it is what it is. With the bars, Yelawolf gives us a fast and furious complicated flow while Riff Raff drools on the mic with a vacant display of narcissism and extravagance. It’s 100% clear who the better lyricist is. The production on here is a bit of a mess. I think they were trying to go for a flashy version of Southern trap music, but it doesn’t really do much for the listener. There really aren’t any classics on here that people will be spinning back again and again. This is probably an album to skip over for most hip hop fans as there really isn’t too much redeeming value on here other than some Yelawolf bars.
Yelawolf and Caskey team up to drop a new project. This one is pretty standard overall. Whenever you have two MCs creating together, you usually get that synergy and the MCs become quite competitive and one of them usually ends up winning out. I’d say Yelawolf definitely had the better performance overall here on the mic. His rhymes are definitely of a faster tempo and packed into a pretty decent flow. The beats on here are pretty standard overall. There weren’t really any standout tracks that I would call “the single.” Fans of Yelawolf will probably appreciate this one.
Yelawolf links up with Cub Da Cook Up Boss and gives us a dud of a project. This project is littered with down South, country, trap beats that are pretty much trash. You’re not really going to vibe to anything on here at all. The bars on here by both MCs are pretty unremarkable as well. Your rewind button is safe and won’t be touched at all because there is nothing that you are going to want to hear over and over again. Sure they have features from Bubba Sparxxx, Rittz, and Kris Flair, but there’s nothing that really stands out lyrics-wise other than Rittz. This project is probably meant for somebody out there, but we have no idea who that demographic is.
Yelawolf returns with a highly anticipated album. I know Yelawolf is very talented and has a huge fanbase, but I was a little let down by this one. This album was more of a dreamy walkthrough down memory lane more reminiscent of 90’s style country rock than a rap album. I don’t think I could could ever say Yelawolf is whack because he is not. His rhymes are impressive and you can hear that articulated throughout his stories he tells. I think where this album lacks is more of the sound and hooks. Sadly sung hooks and dreamy views into the Southern rap lifestyle just don’t seem to stick with this particular offering. Although this may be a miss for him, we will definitely be checking into Yelawolf’s next move.
Yelawolf is back with his latest album. I really wanted to like this one. I know he is talented and has the ability to spit some really slick rhymes. To me, his Radioactive album was his best work. There were highly structured and great songs on there. The production value was amazing on that album. Since then, he hasn’t really been able to match that. This new project isn’t really any different. There are some good points but a lot of low points as well. The highlight is “Addiction.” This song has a fantastic beat and Yelawolf’s flow is perfect over top of it. Other songs seem to dip back into his thinking that he can sing like “Like I Love You.” This song is just terrible and should have been left on the editing room floor. Yelawolf performs much better as a rapper. Leave the singing alone and get actual singers if you want that for the hook. I don’t think this project has a lot of high points. You would be best to pass on this one. Let’s hope for a better project next time.
Yelawolf is back with another album and the best way to describe it would be this: This was the album he was born to make. Although I tend to not really enjoy Southern rap as much as their New York counterparts, this album was expertly made. This would be the album that defines Yelawolf. Lyrically he is fantastic. The album is chock full of complex and highly descriptive rhymes. This is most evident on the track “Shadow” where he paints a fantastic picture that you just have to hear. You will see what he rhymes about when you hear it. There are other songs where he really opens up about his life and gives you a part of himself like “Son Of A Gun” in which he speaks about his father and “Ride Or Die” in which he talks about his loyalty to his friends. These are expertly rapped songs which really show you how good Yelawolf is. The beats on it are decent. They are definitely expertly produced and while I wanted a bit more production-wise, I’m not mad at these tracks created for this project. This is a must listen even if you aren’t a fan of Southern style rap. This will make you a believer.
I liked Yelawolf better when he was a rapper. I definitely thought that his Radioactive album was his best. That could have been because of the Eminem production on there, but it just seems like that was his high point. I don’t know what he is trying to become nowadays but being a young kind of rebel Johnny Cash singing guy is not really working. I think that he still has the talent in there to rhyme and I do like the country backdrop to his style, but it just isn’t translating into his projects very well. This Hotel EP is mostly just a bunch of singing garbage that you should probably just skip over. Not really worth the time at all. Yawn.