Review: Yelawolf- Trunk Muzik 0-60
Yesterday, I was a little surprised to find that I wasn’t the only country music fan and commentator who felt like the hip-hop performances at the recent Grammy Awards was the only reason to stay awake. The truth is, though, with the disintegration of Nashville and the rock establishment, it’s been that way for years. Hip-hop has long been the only truly mainstream genre still releasing fresh and exciting music to the masses.
However, things have changed a bit in the last few years. It still leads the pack in non-sellouts as far as that goes, but the race is getting closer. Right now, hip-hop is going through it’s “teen idol” period; the period of clean-cut, manufactured “stars” that rock had to endure in the early ’60s. Still, there are a lot of hard-working artists still sticking it to the establishment and Eminem is currently leading the pack, but even he knows he can’t win the fight on his own, which is why he signed Yelawolf to his record label last month.
(This is as good a place as any for the purists to hit the back button on their browser, but if you would like to hear about the only fusion of country and rap to get it totally right, read on.)
As anybody who grew up in the country knows, rural folks often have a life just as tough as any “gangsta rapper” and