Yelawolf Net Worth & Biography

By Mixxerly UPDATED: JANUARY 12, 2022
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Yelawolf is a famous celebrity rapper, singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and businessman from Gadsden, Alabama, United States. He released his first independent solo material in 2005 that started his music career. Until 2010, he released one extended play (EP) and four mixtapes.

In 2010 he released an EP titled "Trunk Muzik" which brought him to the mainstream music scenario.

Also in 2010, He signed a record deal with Interscope Records. He repacked his EP Trunk Muzik and re-released it under the title "Trunk Muzik 0-60". This album had at least six tracks from the original EP.

As of , our trusted sources estimate that Yelawolf has a net worth of about $4M to $5M.

At a Glance

  • Full name: Michael Wayne Atha
  • Stage name: Yelawolf
  • Birthday: December 30, 1979
  • Age:
  • Net worth: $5M
  • Source of wealth: Professional Music, Singing, Songwriting
  • Country of origin: United States of America

Net Worth

Multiple big name recording deals and succesful EPs, mixtapes and albums earned him quite a lot of wealth. As of , our sources estimates Yelawolf's net worth could be anywhere between $4 million to $5 million.

Early Life

Yelawolf was born on December 30, 1979 in Gadsden, Alabama. At an interview with The Guardian in 2011, he claimed that he "represents the people that are the core of America".

His mother Sheila Mitchell gave birth to him when she was only sixteen years old. He affectionately decribes his mother as the "rockstar". Also he said that his stage name "Yelawolf" was inspired by his father who was a Cherokee.

As a child, Yelawolf didn't lived in one place for too long. He had to frequently move places. He spent most of his childhood Antioch, Tennessee.

Young Yelawolf attended Carter Lawrence Middle School in Nashville, which was located near housing projects.

From that very young age he became interested in hip hop music. The name Yelawolf consists of the word "Yela" - a Cherokee word which means the "Sun" and English word "wolf". He said the name signifies his "intellectual 'light' side and his aggressive, survivalist 'dark' side."

Social Media Presence

Yelawolf is active on multiple social networks. His facebook page has more than 2M followers. He also regularly posts photos on his instagram account for his 1M followers. Yelawolf tweets and retweets regularly on his twitter profile to the 500K+ Followers.


In 2005, Yelawolf appeared on the UPN Network reality series The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott. But eventually he got eliminated from the show.

After that, in 2005 he released his independent debut album "Creekwater".

In the same year, he released his debut mixtape "Pissin' in a Barrel of Beez".

In 2007 he signed to Columbia Records and released the single "Kickin'" from the album, "Fearin' and Loathin' in Smalltown, U.S.A.". The album never saw the light of day.

After that, he released two mixtapes titled "Ball of Flames: The Ballad of Slick Rick E. Bobby" and "Stereo: A Hip Hop Tribute to Classic Rock". These didn't get much attention. The album "Stereo" is considred to be one of his best works.

In 2009, he signed with Ghet-O-Vision Entertainment and released his debut EP "Arena Rap".

In 2009, he started working with Ghet-O-Vision producer musician and music producer, William Washington WLPWR. This was the time when he worked on his breakthrough mixtape "Trunk Muzik" and eeleased it in January 2010.

The mixtape "Trunk Muzik" earned him massive success on the internet and made Yelawolf a social media sensation.

After that, he signed a major record deal with Interscope Records to re-release the mixtape "Trunk Muzik" as "Trunk Muzik 0-60" on November 22, 2010.

From 2010 to 2011 he made multiple guest appearances on the music videos of other big name rappers like Antwan André Patton, Paul Michael Slayton, Aaron Dontez Yates, Travis Landon Barker, Radric Delantic Davis and Justin Lewis Scott.

In March 2011, Yelawolf was featured on the cover of XXL magazine March 2011 issue, with Eminem and Slaughterhouse. The issue confirmed his record deal with Shady Records and Eminem.

He was also featured on the XXL magazine Top 11 Freshmen of 2011, releasing several songs on the magazine's yearly Freshman mixtape, along with Kendrick Lamar, Cyhi Da Prynce and Big K.R.I.T., among others.

He announced the title of his debut Shady release "Radioactive" on April 2011. On May, he announced his album's first single, "Gangsta of Love", produced by James Scheffer and featuring Cydel Charles Young. But the song was leaked in early July. Later, the song was removed from the album.

Yelawolf also made deals with video game "Driver: San Francisco" to make a music video for the song "No Hands". This song was to be apparantly part of the album "Radioactive" but was later scrapped.

In 2011 he released the first official single from his album, titled "Hard White (Up in the Club)".

On October 2011, Yelawolf released the second single "Let's Roll" from the "Radioactive" album. It featured guest vocals from singer, songwriter, rapper, musician, and record producer Robert James Ritchie.

American hip hop and entertainment website "The Source" the the album, "Radioactive" a rare 4.5 out of 5 mics rating. Which basically means the album was "near classic". The album was released on November 21, 2011.

The "Radioactive" album featured production from Eminem, James Scheffer, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, Thomas Wesley Pentz, The Audibles, Pooh Bear and William Washington WLPWR. It had features from Marshall Bruce Mathers III Eminem, Robert James Ritchie, Jonathan Smith, Felicia Lily Dobson, Michael Lawrence Tyler, Shawty Fatt, Rittz, Michael Santiago Render, Lola Mitchell and others.

Favorite Quotes from Yelawolf

“My homies in Gadsden aren’t as exposed as I am cultural, which is awesome – that’s why I love going home. I’m in the kitchen with people who don’t know anything but the simple life, what’s important to them, and that’s dope.” – Yelawolf
“I equally love both, classic rock and hip-hop. I love all music, really, and I really use classic rock a lot. I’m heavily influenced by that melodically in my music. I can’t really separate the two.” – Yelawolf
“I’m from the South, and there’s a different understanding of how to chop. There’s a syllable play. It’s a delicate art. Your accent has a lot to do with it. If you’re from a certain area, words don’t roll off your tongue as slick.” – Yelawolf
“My grandmother, grandfather, my mom – we’ve always been driven by laughter. It’s what held us together. Thanksgivings, any kind of family get-together, we usually end up in tears.” – Yelawolf
“For real, some of my favorite music is Mexican. It’s something about the bassline and the drumming. I can’t even speak Spanish, but that’s probably why I like it so much.” – Yelawolf