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He's snide, he's scrappy, he's on the Shady imprint, and he's white, but by exploiting the differences between the two, Yelawolf's debut album, Radioactive, does an excellent job of separating the artist from his label boss, Eminem. Expect an Alabama-bred version of Detroit's finest and you'll be without the sharp wit and over the top sickness that Marshall can provide, although Yela's still pointed and generally in the vicinity of unforgiving, offering up signature punch lines ("I already got two cars in the yard that don't run/So why would I want to break it down for you?") that reinforce his "Slumerican Shitizen" stance. He's the right combination of proud and pissed too, as the radio-friendly "Made in the U.S.A." gets serious about the "manufactured" American dream, while "Write Your Name" brings that rainy-day feeling with some hometown sentimentality and hope floating over a serene J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League production. While these deeper moments anchor the album, you really want the rapper to go hard at this point as key track "Growin Up in the Gutter" offers a whole new kind of grind, hulking ever so slowly toward the speakers with a WillPower beat that imagines bass master DJ Magic Mike flirting with industrial music. With Kid Rock on the chorus, the freedom-minded "Let's Roll" is the drop-top car ride across America that it should be, and if you crave true Southern gutter music, just skip right to Gangsta Boo's verse on the piano vs. profanity highlight "Throw It Up," which also features Eminem playing it for laughs, and there are plenty. There's an argument to made that Yelawolf's entry into the world of official releases is a bit too cluttered with distractions -- stars, prime beats, and big-time hooks -- to be considered a proper showcase, but when given room, he shines through. Besides, he had already built a loyal following through underground mixtapes, so please excuse this popular host if he disappears for a moment, because Radioactive is a busy, well-funded, Southern-fried, and all the way live Shadyville party.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/21/2011
Label: Shady Records
UPC: 0602527834979
catalogNumber: 001617402
Rank: 22330

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Yelawolf   Primary Artist,Vocals
Herschel Boone   Background Vocals
Luis Resto   Keyboards
Emanuel Kiriakou   Bass,Drums
Jim Jonsin   Percussion
David Karmiol   Guitar
Blaq Smurph   Piano,Drums
Priscilla Renea   Vocals
Nikkiya   Background Vocals
Dominic Jordan   Keyboards
Matt Barrett   Guitar
Danny Morris   Keyboards
Mona Moua   Vocals
Sasha Sirota   Bass,Guitar
Ben Didelot   Bass
Finatik   Percussion

Technical Credits

Brian Nelson   Watercolor Artwork
Sutton   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Producer,Engineer
Eminem   Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production
Kawan "KP" Prather   Composer,Executive Producer
Courtney Sills   Composer,Management
Marshall Mathers   Composer
Willpower   Programming,Producer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Andrew Van Meter   Producer
Jim Jonsin   Programming,Producer
Fefe Dobson   Composer
Diplo   Programming,Producer
J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League   Programming,Producer
Poo Bear   Producer
Tyler Clinton   Cover Art
Blaq Smurph   Producer
Jason Wilkie   Engineer
John Fisher   Management
Nikolas Marzouca   Engineer
Mike Wilson   Engineer
Mike Strange   Engineer
Thomas Wesley Pentz   Composer
Michael Atha   Composer
Borgore   Programming,Producer
Pyro   Producer
Cristian DeLano   Engineer
Tristan McClain   Engineer
Seneca Doss   Marketing
Ray Alba   Publicity
Jimmy Giannos   Programming,drum programming
Dominic Jordan   Programming,drum programming
Jeremy "J Dot" Jones   Management
Audibles   Producer
Danny Morris   Composer
Phonix Beats   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Matthew Hayes   Engineer
Sasha Sirota   Engineer
Tha Hydrox   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Finatik 'n' Zac   Programming

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Radioactive 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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