Radioactive (Yelawolf album)

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Studio album by Yelawolf
Released November 21, 2011
Recorded 2010-11
Conway Recording Studios
213 Studio
E Studio
Charlice Recording
(Los Angeles, California)
Effigy Studios
(Ferndale, Michigan)
Future Music Recording Studios
(Las Vegas, Nevada)
Parkland Playhouse
(Parkland, Florida)
PatchWerk Recording Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Tree Sound Studios
(Norcross, Georgia)
Genre Alternative hip hop, conscious hip hop
Length 57:22
Label Ghet-O-Vision, DGC, Interscope, Shady
Producer The Audibles, Blaqsmurph, Borgore, Diplo, Emanuel Kiriakou, Eminem (also exec.), Tha Hydrox, Jim Jonsin, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, KP (co-exec.), Mr. Pyro, Phonix Beats, Poo Bear, Sasha Sirota, WillPower
Yelawolf chronology
Trunk Muzik 0-60
The Slumdon Bridge
Singles from Radioactive
  1. "Hard White (Up in the Club)"
    Released: August 8, 2011
  2. "Let's Roll"
    Released: October 28, 2011[1]

Radioactive (also known as Radioactive: Amazing and Mystifying Chemical Tricks) is the debut studio album by American rapper recording artist Yelawolf, released on November 21, 2011 through Shady Records, and Interscope Records.


During an interview, Yelawolf revealed that almost all tracks were recorded in Las Vegas Valley, Nevada, in the period of two weeks.[2] The final track of the album is described as very personal about Yelawolf's life, and it's a very emotional final letter to his absent biological father and talks about other past struggles. The track is titled "The Last Song". The album was scheduled to be released in September 27, but was later pushed back to October 25. In early October 2011, Interscope Records announced that the album would be released on November 21.[3]

Music composition, style, and lyrics[edit]

Radioactive covers many different styles of hip hop fusions, being alternative hip hop as principal musical genre. Hardcore hip hop is represented on the tracks "Radioactive Introduction", "Throw It Up", "Get Away", and "Slumerican Shitizen". A horrorcore rap style is used in "Growin' Up in the Gutter", whereas "Hard White (Up in the Club)" is a crunk party track. "Let's Roll", "Write Your Name", and "Radio" follow a pop rap style, with catchy hooks and beats. "Animal" is a fast-paced hip hop party track with a dubstep influenced beat. "Good Girl" utilizes an R&B-tinged feel, while "The Hardest Love Song in the World" is a g-funk hip hop track. Yelawolf covers a variety of lyrical themes in these album, from gangsta rap lyrics in "Get Away" and "Throw It Up", to more conscious and slightly political tracks such as "Made in the USA", "Slumerican Shitizen", "Write Your Name", and "The Last Song". "Radio" is about the internet taking over how music and music videos are received by fans. It also refers to radio stations playing the same songs constantly and singers being discovered via the internet. The song contains several references to rock and rap artists and their songs from the past.[4][5]


On August 3 it was announced that Yelawolf would release the album's first official single "Hard White (Up in the Club)" on August 8, 2011. The song features rapper Lil Jon, and it was produced by Hydrox.[6] The music video for the song was filmed in Atlanta, Georgia, and directed by Motion Family. On September 20 the music video for the first single "Hard White (Up in the Club)" was released through VEVO. The remix was released on November 2, the song features T.I., and label-mates Slaughterhouse.

On October 28 Yelawolf released his second single "Let's Roll" featuring Kid Rock. The song was produced by The Audibles, and Mr. Pyro. A song titled "No Hands" was featured on the video game Driver: San Francisco. Yelawolf partnered up to release the music video with Ubisoft, and Complex. The music video was filmed at several major landmarks in San Francisco, California, and directed by Erick Peyton, known for his direction on Snoop Dogg's music video for the song "That Tree". The song did not make it onto the album, however.

Yelawolf filmed a 12-minute short horror film for the track "Growin' Up in the Gutter", which features rapper Rittz. Although the track was not released as a single the short film finally premiered on July 4.[7] It was directed by Tyler Clinton and Yelawolf credited as Michael Wayne for Slumerican, the short film was titled "Gutter".[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 27 on the US Billboard 200, with 41,000 copies sold in its first week.[9]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (62/100)[10]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllHipHop (6/10)[11]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[12]
Consequence of Sound 3/5 stars[13]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[14]
Paste (7.2/10)[15]
Pitchfork Media (6.5/10)[16]
PopMatters (4/10)[17]
Spin (7/10)[18]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[19]
XXL 4/5 stars (XL)[20]

Radioactive has received positive to mixed reviews. Before release, the album was noted by the influential hip-hop magazine The Source as being a near classic, with a 4.5/5 rating. At Metacritic the album received an average score of 62 out of 100, based on 16 reviews.[10] Acclaimed Hip-hop magazine XXL gave the album a 4/5 (XL) rating, saying "more than not, the album is a standout effort that introduces the full-range of his talents as an MC with crafty songwriting abilities and deft ear for a sonic palette". However, Prefix Magazine stated that it was "hard to view Radioactive in any context that doesn’t label it as a total artistic failure" and that Yelawolf was "rolling over to commercial demands".[21] PopMatters echoed this sentiment, calling the album a "misguided grasp at populism" and criticising Yelawolf's willingness to "play second fiddle" to A&R demands.[17] Complex Magazine rated Radioactive as #18 in the 25 Best Albums of 2011.[22] Noted hip hop magazine XXL ranked Radioactive in #10 of the best albums of 2011.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Radioactive Introduction"  
  • WillPower
2. "Get Away" (featuring Shawty Fatt & Mystikal)
  • M. Atha
  • D. Barnes
  • J. Horton
  • M. Horton
  • S. Otis
  • Phonix Beats
3. "Let's Roll" (featuring Kid Rock)
4. "Hard White (Up in the Club)" (featuring Lil Jon)
  • M. Atha
  • L. Grant
  • M.A. Jackson
  • A. Cartagena
  • J. Smith
  • Tha Hydrox
5. "Growin' Up in the Gutter" (featuring Rittz)
  • WillPower
6. "Throw It Up" (featuring Gangsta Boo & Eminem)
7. "Good Girl" (featuring Poo Bear)
  • M. Atha
  • J. Giannos
  • D. Jordan
  • J. Boyd
  • K. Prather
  • C. Sills
  • The Audibles
  • Poo Bear[b]
8. "Made in the U.S.A" (featuring Priscilla Renea)
9. "Animal" (featuring Fefe Dobson)
10. "The Hardest Love Song in the World"  
  • M. Atha
  • W. Washington
  • J. Boyd
  • K. Prather
  • B. Miller
  • WillPower
11. "Write Your Name" (featuring Mona Moua)
12. "Everything I Love the Most"  
  • M. Atha
  • W. Washington
  • J. Boyd
  • W. Joel
  • WillPower
  • Eminem[a]
13. "Radio"  
14. "Slumerican Shitizen" (featuring Killer Mike)
  • WillPower
15. "The Last Song"  
  • M. Atha
  • W. Washington
  • "Radioactive Introduction" features background vocals by Nikkiya.
  • "Let's Roll" features background vocals by Herschel Boone.
  • "The Hardest Love Song in the World" features uncredited vocals by Poo Bear.
  • "Radio" features uncredited vocals by Danny Morris.
Sample credits
  • "Get Away" contains elements of "Strawberry Letter 23" written by Shuggie Otis, and samples of the same performed by The Brothers Johnson.
  • "The Hardest Love Song in the World" contains elements of "Always Together" written by Bobby Miller, and samples of the same performed by The Dells.
  • "Everything I Love The Most" contains elements of "The Stranger" written and performed by Billy Joel.
  • "In This World" contains elements of "Is There Any Love" written by Paul Zaza and Trevor Dandy, and samples of the same performed by Trevor Dandy.


Chart (2011) Peak
Swiss Music Charts 91
US Billboard 200 27
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 6
US Billboard Top Rap Albums 4
UK R&B Album Charts 20


Credits for Radioactive adapted from Allmusic.[23]


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