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Rapping, honestly: Yelawolf tours, works on next release

Rapper Yelawolf is currently working on his sophomore album, "Love Story," which will be released in 2014.

Rapper Yelawolf is currently working on his sophomore album, “Love Story,” which will be released in 2014.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Yelawolf is never one to rest – he just can’t do it.

“I’m always working on the next thing,” he says during a recent interview. “It’s important for me to keep moving forward.”

The 33-year-old Alabama-born rapper has been hard at work since his 2010 release, “Trunk Muzik 0-60.”

Since then, he released his debut album, “Radioactive,” in 2011 and then did a collaboration album with Travis Barker of Blink 182 called “Psycho White.”

And currently, Yelawolf is working on his sophomore album, “Love Story,” which is slated for a 2014 release.

“It’s been a journey with this album,” he says. “I had to postpone the process to get better after rupturing my spleen. But I’m in good health now and moving forward.”

While the album work continues, Yelawolf found time to release a mixtape called “Black Fall” at the end of October.

He is looking forward to his current headlining tour that brings him to Albuquerque. He says this tour will take him to smaller venues.

“I prefer intimate crowds. Those are always the best shows,” he says. “I like to have small venues packed to the limit. People sweating, jumping up and down. Those are always the most fun because I can see everyone’s face. Though, I have to admit, playing in front of 10,000 people is also pretty surreal.”

Yelawolf says he can’t wait to have “Love Story” released because it’s full of passion.

“You’ll have to wait a bit to hear the music,” he says. “There’s passion in the songs and I’m telling the truth about a lot of things. This album is in line with it having a concept and a theme. This is what makes my music special and makes me want to keep making music. I try to be as honest as I can with everything I do.”



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