By Steven Roberts
Here’s a word of advice, kids. Make the most of your opportunities. I know you’re thinking, ‘Yeah, my parents tell me that all the time.’ I know your parents are lame and you don’t like people telling you what to do, but at least listen to Yelawolf. He’s a rapper, and thus cool.
But seriously, Yela got the opportunity of a lifetime to work with Big Boi on “You Ain’t No DJ,” produced by Andre 3000 for Big’s album Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty. Big Boi said he had known Yelawolf for years through his little brother, but never really checked him out until he heard him perform, at which point he invited him to the studio. However, Yela said Big Boi originally pitched a rock-inspired beat for them to collab on.
“I was like, ‘Man I really just want to rap with you. I want to do some rap records with you,’ ” Yela said. “And he played me some beats, and I was like, ‘Yo, that beat.’ And he was like, ‘I don’t know, man. Three Stacks produced that. That’s for my album.’ And I was like, ‘Just give me an opportunity.’ ”
He said that Big was cool enough to give him a shot. And when he did, Yela went bananas.
“I wrote like 64 bars and turned in the huge verse. He actually said that Stacks was like, ‘Yo, you should just match Wolf and rap 64 bars right behind him.’ But Big made it a decision to make it a record, which is a good decision, because it makes it a better song like that. I don’t know, man, it’s surreal at times working with legends like Big Boi and a record produced by 3000. I just stay focused, man, try not to let it get to my head.”
There’s also a video for “You Ain’t No DJ” in the works, on top of the one for Yela’s collabo with Gucci. Yela said they shot the video in Atlanta, and that it’s straight B-Boy, breakers, dancers poppin’ and lockin’ and even a few skateboarders.
“Just keeping it to the essence, because the record is purely hip-hop. It’s just an exciting video, colors are popping real big, a lot of movement, a bunch of characters, and I think it’s supposed to be coming soon.”
What do you think of the Yelawolf and Big Boi collaboration? Tell us in the comments!