Yelawolf has been trying to get his personal life together this year, and after being detained for mental health concerns earlier this month, he’s decided to drop his stage name and replace it with his real one Michael Wayne Atha.
The Alabama rapper broke his news in a series of Instagram posts accompanied with the statement, “… 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 losing 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 shoot the f*ckin game .. so much so that my 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 f*ckin 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 b*tches .. you f*cks .. 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 blessing of Del the funkyhomosapien .. I am NOW with the mighty mighty Hieroglyphics Crew !!! .. that’s HIGH FASHION BITCH … FUCK THATS SEXY !!! MWA !!! footage provided by my Angel for the day .. my brother Insta: @jake3944 Facebook Jacob Moreno .. and my 51/50 blood line will be available soon #slumerican”
Watch footage in the posts below and check out his Hotel EP available now. Trial By Fire is on the way.