Yelawolf
12.22.2016

Yelawolf Changes Name to M.W.A

Say goodbye to Yelawolf. Eminem’s protégé has announced that he will now be going by his given name, Michael Wayne Atha aka M.W.A.

Posting a series of bizarre videos on social media, M.W.A opened up about a rough year, which included a recent hospitalization.

“my own 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,” he wrote. “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.”

Another major change in his career comes with a new affiliation. Wayne says he has Del the Funky Homosapien’s blessing as a new member of the legendary Hieroglyphics crew, a beloved Oakland-based rap collective that features Casual, Pep Love, and Souls of Mischief, among others. According to Michael, his mother will now have the keys to his Slumerican empire as its new creative director and CEO.

Along with the new mission statement, the rapper formerly known as Yelawolf shared some disturbing footage. In one clip, he decorates a pair of white Vans slip-ons with his blood. In another, he is being handcuffed, and in another vid, he’s laying on a hospital bed. “the footage I’m posting is a few weeks old,” he wrote under a photo. “I’ve been out of that place for a few weeks … getting back to me.”

… 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 loosing 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 shook the fuckin game ?.. so much so that my own 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 fuckin 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 bitches .. you ? fucks .. 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 blessings 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

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It’s unclear when this footage was actually shot, but there’s been talk of concern about Catfish Billy’s mental health for weeks. Last month, he had what some called a “meltdown” on stage, where he dropped his microphone, tried to fight a fan, and scolded the crowd.

“I can’t do this no more,” he said. “Keep going? Because I’m a slave? Huh? You think I’ve got to keep going for you because you pay me, motherfu*ker? I’ll fight you.” He would later cancel the rest of his “Trial By Fire Tour.”

Atha says he is now “pushing 300 days sober” and claims he is “happier than ever.”