When Yelawolf’s Trunk Muzik mixtape arrived in early 2010, the Alabama rapper’s collection of songs about weed, Box Chevys, and rich girls in Lambos was heralded by critics and artists alike, and landed him on Eminem’s Shady Records. The partnership spawned 2011’s glossy Radioactive, which received a far more tepid response.
Now comes Yela’s Trunk Muzik Returns mixtape. As the title suggests, it’s a sort of sequel to his debut recording, and its spaced-out crunk may be the thing that reclaims some of the rapper’s early success. Produced by WillPower, the mastermind behind the original Trunk Muzik beats, the follow-up has Yelawolf trimming the mainstream fat in order to revisit his trunk-rattling roots, from the “Bombs Over Baghdad”-indebted “F.A.S.T. Ride” to the return of his alter ego “Catfish Billy.” Past collaborators Raekwon (“I Wish”) and Killer Mike (“Slumerican Shitizen”) are back for the ride, along with A$AP Rocky and Paul Wall.
Download Trunk Muzik Returns over at LiveMixTapes.Yelawolf’s next Shady Records LP, reportedly titled Love Story, is due out later this year.