I must admit that I have never been a fan of Yelawolf. To me it’s mostly shitty crossover country-rap with stadium-pop choruses. At any time, I’ll rather hear people like Scarface, Outkast, Cunninlynguists, Eightball, UGK etc. if we are talking southern rap. There is no question however that when it comes to rap skills he is talented as fuck. When he has been featured others rapper’s projects or appeared in cyphers he has usually killed it. Take Asap Rocky’s “1 Train” or the BET Cyphers as an example.
Having just seen Machine Gun Kelly recently I was sort of expecting a live band for this kind of music – so when Yelawolf came out with a DJ and a guitarist only I was a bit surprised. Not that it ended up mattering a great deal though.
Yelawolf was ready and pumped from the get-go. Through the hour-long show he proved his worth as a rapper time and time again and while it wasn’t packed in front when he first appeared on stage, the crowd slowly gathered and got more and more hyped. Going through a variety of his catalogue – even playing older mixtape tracks – he peaked from my point of view with “Pop The Trunk” and a heartfelt rendition of “Heartbreak”. He also played “Johnny Cash” after a few fans at the front row starting shouting for it. Whether or not he had planned to play the track then and there is unknown, but it did please the fans and was one of the fan favorites along with “Till It’s Gone”.
Even though I would have liked to see a band, the guitarist – and for one song piano player – Bones and DJ Klever did their part. Even though DJ Klever had lost some of his gear and was cutting on what seemed to be a random 7” record. Yelawolf was on point and had great mic control and articulation and his flow was really tight. The ante could have been upped but for a show at 15:15 on a Saturday afternoon it fit the bill.
"Yelawolf was on point and had great mic control and articulation and his flow was really tight. The ante could have been upped but for a show at 15:15 on a Saturday afternoon it fit the bill." (5/6)