Earlier this week, Cherokee/Blackfoot rapper Yelawolf released “I Do (Freestyle),” a version of the Young Jeezy/Jay-Z/Andre 3000 track “I Do,” as a free download through Funkmaster Flex’s blog, In Flex We Trust.
(You can go straight to the download page here: YELAWOLF I DO IFWT FREESTYLE.mp3.)
Yelawolf, born Michael Wayne Atha and hailing from Gadsden, Alabama, made hip hop headlines just over a year ago when Eminem signed him to Shady Records. Judging by the buzz around Yelawolf’s album Radioactive and acclaim for his live shows, Eminem’s move looks like a wise one. The rappers were featured together on the cover of the December/January issue of Vibe, and in the magazine’s pages Yelawolf again addressed his Native heritage, which he says is the inspiration for his stage name. “My father has Cherokee [blood] and my mom got Cherokee and Blackfoot,” he said. “Yela represents hunger, life, light, ?re, power. Wolf speaks to my ?ghting spirit. The soul I put in my music.”
Eminem isn’t the only rap royalty Yelawolf has been hanging out with—singles released from Radioactive include “Hard White (Up in the Club),” which features Lil’ Jon, and “Let’s Roll” (below), a collaboration with Kid Rock. And that’s DJ Kool Herc in the car: