Yelawolf has done some internal growth in the past few months. The rapper caused quite a controversy with a lengthy Facebook rant showing his support for the Confederate Flag, when South Carolina took it down for the first time in 54 years. The event followed the June killings of nine black worshippers at a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
Now, after Yela “had a phone call with a good friend of mine (Big K.R.I.T.) the other night,” his views have changed and he tells us in a whopping 8 minute track titled To Whom It May Concern. The track is a woven narrative, exploring growing up in the south and his new views on the flag.
Before the verse at the 5 minute mark, Yela takes a moment of silence for the Charleston church shootings victims, then launches into expressive and emotional verse, where he voices disbelief and anger towards the shooter and the flag:
“Nine innocent churchgoing people get murdered
There’s not a word I can utter, there’s not a rhyme I can say
There ain’t no fixing that ever, those people brutally slain
And I refuse to see ways to justify all the blame
That mother fucker’s insane
I got so mad at my own image, I took down merch
No explaining it now, it’s only making it worse
This fucking coward, this criminal’s, just a puppet, a mental case
But the truth is the truth, he did it because of race
There’s nothing I can describe, the shame that I felt inside
A white boy with the flag committed this homicide.”
Yela has made the decision to abandon his previous views about the rebel flag as supporters are still taking drastic measures to voice their beliefs. Earlier this week, a bomb was thrown into a Mississippi Walmart in retaliation for Walmart’s decision to stop selling the Confederate flag.
I for one am proud of your growth, Yelawolf, and am super pumped for your new album Trial by Fire due out soon.
Yelwolf is hitting Australian shores in December this year
AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES
THE MET, BRISBANE
SATURDAY DECEMBER 5
MAX WATT’S, MELBOURNE
WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 9
METRO THEATRE, SYDNEY
THURSDAY DECEMBER 10
VILLA NIGHTCLUB, PERTH
FRIDAY DECEMBER 11