Some of you may have heard of Yelawolf, after his very successful album titled ‘Love Story‘ on Eminem’s ‘Shady Records’ launched back in early 2015, he has toured extensively across the US and parts of Europe and has had his hit track ”Til It’s Gone” featured on ”Sons Of Anarchy” in 2014.

Since ”Love Story” Yela has released several new songs, (Daylight, Shadows) accompanied with music videos and has continued to tour the US. His unique sound has catered to a niche audience of music lovers of both country & hip-hop. Yela has often played on, and proudly displays his Nashville roots, including controversially, his positive views and extensive defense of the Confederate flag.

In late 2015 Yelawolf was widely labelled as racist as a result of his views on the Confederate flag. After the tragic Charleston church shooting by a white supremacist waving a confederate flag, Yela released a song titled ”To whom it may concern” in which he went in depth about his strong anti racism stance, and how he viewed the confederate flag in a completely innocent way, primarily being proud of his upbringing.

By late 2016 Yela has been neck deep in controversy once more. This time for appearing to have had multiple breakdowns on stage over several shows late last year. At a show on 21st Nov, Yela threw his mic down and shouted ”I can’t do this anymore” before walking off stage and ending the show prematurely. In another instance at a separate show, he began throwing equipment around the stage and refused to sing before again walking off stage.

According to multiple reports, Yelawolf has been struggling with depression, alcoholism and relationship issues. He checked himself into rehab at some point in December 2016 and has since decided to go by a new name… ‘MWA‘, which stands for ‘Michael Wayne Atha‘.

He has completely erased all of his posts on his original ‘Yelawolf‘ Instagram apart from multiple photos of him praying. He has since started a new Instagram page for his rebirth of sorts. The original Yelawolf Instagram can be found here: https://www.instagram.com/yelawolf/ and his MWA account here: https://www.instagram.com/michael_wayne_atha/.

MWA posted this message about the change on his new Insta:

“They couldn’t handle my vision .. I hoaxed the “suicide” of Yelawolf with my ” blood art ” along side a manic depressive state of mind from years of alcoholism .. after loosing my BiggieSmallz @shawtyfatt I decided to sober up and rebrand my new music as Michael Wayne Atha MWA (my given name from my beautiful mother Sheila Diane the original gangster .. named after Michael Landon and John Wayne) and shook the fuckin game 💥.. so much so that my own X manager and wanna be father had me apprehended and thrown in the psych ward in SD .. where they tried to break me and feed me drugs for 72 hours against my will .. I lost everything .. and lost 95% of every so called friend and business associates during my stay … and I bounced back so fuckin hard and fast they should give me my own line of Olympic diving boards .. my soul must be spring loaded … I am HipHop’s answer to rock and roll .. and Nashville’s answer to the debauchery they called pop country rap, did it.DONE !! currently inspired by the dopeness pouring out of California … I found it time to rejoin myself on the west coast as the SKATEBOARDER of 28 years, the Visionary, CEO, White Trash High Fashion designer and Creative Director of my Mothers new multi conglomerate company SLUMERICAN … that’s right .. I gave her the keys .. congrats mom !! Your the illest !!!! God is good .. I’m pushing 300 days sober … and happier than ever … I love you all .. and thank you for your prayers .. they didn’t go in vein .. so check this out all you other demonic sons of bitches .. you 👮 fucks .. I’ll OWN that 51/50 MOTHER FUCKERS !! Cause We both got what we wanted .. you humiliated me infront of my fans family and friends … and I came out the other side as the Alexander McQueen of skateboarding .. and it’s PlanB /SkateMafia / 3.6 SLUMAFIA / and with the blessings of Del the funkyhomosapien .. I am NOW with the mighty mighty Hieroglyphics Crew !!! .. that’s HIGH FASHION BITCH 💥💥💥💥 … FUCK THATS SEXY !!! 🔩 MWA !! “

The question about whether or not he will go by Yelawolf or MWA has been brought up this month after it has been announced that MWA will be going on tour this summer across the US with Korn… but on all promotional advertising and tour entries he is still being advertised as Yelawolf.

It’ll be interesting to see how all of this pans out… New music? Yelawolf or MWA? Recovered since rehab? Only time will tell…

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