Yelawolf Changes Name to MWA, Opens Up About Psych Ward Stay and Sobriety

Yelawolf Changes Name to MWA, Opens Up About Psych Ward Stay and Sobriety
After ending his recent "Trial By Fire" tour in November with erratic behaviour, rapper Yelawolf (born Michael Wayne Atha) has revealed a handful of personal changes, including a new stage name.

In taking to a newly created Instagram page, the Alabama-born MC revealed he's dropped the name Yelawolf for the initials of his given name, MWA. A lengthy caption that accompanies the post explains that he "hoaxed the 'suicide' of Yelawolf with my 'blood art," crediting the change to losing both a friend and his former manager placing him under psychiatric care:

"… 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," 

The news isn't all dark, as Atha says he "bounced back so fuckin hard and fast they should give me my own line of Olympic diving boards." The rapper revealed that he is "pushing 300 days sober" and is "happier than ever," in addition to putting his mother in charge of his Slumerican label, and linking up with Del the Funky Homosapien's Hieroglyphics Crew.

Atha's last full-length as Yelawolf came in 2015 with Love Story. Find his full Instagram post below.
 
 

... 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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