The Shady Records crew always seem to move in silence but when they do something, it definitely is something we didn’t expect. For the past year Eminem, Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse have been hitting hip-hop with shots from left to right. From Eminem and Royce da 5’9 dropping Hell: The Sequel, to Yelawolf preparing to drop his debut studio album, Radioactive, the Shady boys could be found everywhere.
Their music is online, on iTunes and I’m sure on most hip-hop fans’ playlists. Each member of Shady Records has a unique sound and personality that seems to blend perfectly making them indispensable. And that is why Eminem, the boss of Shady Records and Yelawolf were chosen for the final 2011 cover of Vibe Magazine.
Check out a few excerpts from the interview with Eminem and Yelawolf down below:
Eminem and Yelawolf on poking fun at their race:
Eminem, what advice do you offer, if any, on being scrutinized for being a white rapper. Do you guys ever talk about race in that way?Eminem: We make jokes about it, but I don’t think we talk about it in depth. As I was listening to his music, I am not even thinking about any of that shit. It’s just the music. That’s one of the things that’s great about it. I’m not even thinking about it when I hear the music.Yelawolf: We do poke fun of it because it’s funny. Like, he calls me White Dog.
Oh, you called him that on the BET Awards Cypher. I didn’t realize it was an ongoing joke?
EM: Yeah, or Beige Sheep. [Laughs]
YW: Cracker Nuts. Whatever, I think it’s kinda unspoken.
EM: We deal with it enough as it is. So now, let’s make music.
YW: Let’s make great records. At the end of the day, that’s all there is to do.
Yelawolf’s thoughts on White Rappers using the N-Word:
When Yelawolf heard the presumptu- ous white female rapper V-Nasty was peppering her sarcastic raps with the N- word, he called it embarrassing, telling VladTV that an N-bomb-dropping white rapper might find themselves “slapped up, and it might be by a white boy.” While he admits to using the word as a child, he says the word term is off limits for any white person, rapper or otherwise.
“[In Alabama] we have a dark his- tory concerning the relationship be- tween Black and white people. I’m not a role model by any means, but if I said it around the house I got popped in the mouth,” he says, noting that his Black friends used the word as a term of endearment for him as well.
Eminem and Yelawolf talk about their past history with drugs:You mentioned getting yourself right. Are you completely clean these days as far as alcohol and drugs?EM: Except for the heroin I shot up this morning. Except for that, I’m clean. [Laughs]While you’re clean, Yelawolf here smokes weed and—Yelawolf: No, I don’t.I hear that in your music a lot.YW: I started smoking weed at 11. By 12, I was smoking dust. Thirteen, acid, Freon, special k, mushrooms; 16 years old, I was selling X pills at school. Not even because I was a good dope boy, but because I was a scumbag. It was called chocolate chip, and it had heroin in it. I used to take that shit and go to class. I went so heavy into drugs that I had a bad trip one time that lasted for months.