Yelawolf's real name is Michael Wayne Atha. He was born in Gadsden, Alabama on 30 December 1979. The boy’s father left the family when he was still young. Michael stayed with his mother. The family moved around a lot so Michael changed many schools. However, he always loved Gadsden as his only true home.
The singer eventually came back to the city after numerous moves.
When he was young, Atha dreamed of becoming a professional skateboarder. He learned how to skate and devoted all of his free time to the sport. Michael traveled to other cities with the skateboarding team. However, eventually, the young man changed his mind and decided to become a musician. The decision changed his life.
In 2005, the aspiring artist appeared on the TV show, Road to Fame. Thanks to his performance there, many people found about Atha’s talent. After leaving the show, the artist recorded his first album, Creekwater. After some time, he presented a new mixtape, Pissin' in a Barrel of Beez.