Yelawolf Reconsiders Confederate Flag Stance on New Song 'To Whom It May Concern'
Yelawolf took a load off his chest on his introspective new track, “To Whom It May Concern.”
Inspired by a real-life conversation with fellow rapper Big K.R.I.T., the eight-minute song finds the Alabama MC addressing any and all concerns, from his upbringing in the “deep gutter,” his Shady Records deal and his controversial stance on the Confederate flag.
As Uproxx reports, Yela dedicates a significant amount of bars to the Charleston church shooting that took place this past June and left nine people dead. On this track, he explains his inner struggle with the flag that represents where he came from.
“Nine innocent churchgoing people get murdered
There’s not a word I can utter, there’s not a rhyme I can say
There ain’t no fixing that ever, those people brutally slain
And I refuse to see ways to justify all the blame
That motherfucker’s insane
I got so mad at my own image, I took down merch
No explaining it now, it’s only making it worse
This fucking coward, this criminal’s, just a puppet, a mental case
But the truth is the truth, he did it because of race
There’s nothing I can describe, the shame that I felt inside
A white boy with the flag committed this homicide”
In August, the Shady Records signee dove into hot water after defending the flag, writing in a lengthy Facebook post, "Ain't no way I'm letting some ones ignorance tear me from my roots...you fucking fuck boys can save it with this anti Dixie Shit!!”
Listen to Yelawolf's growing pains in full below.