The Stories Behind 15 Rappers' Rap Names


Government name: Michael Wayne Atha

In an interview with Spinner, Yelawolf explained that his father is Cherokee Indian, and that his stage name is a combination of the Cherokee word "Yela," meaning "sun," and the English word "wolf." This represents the duality between his intellectual "light" side, he said, and his aggressive, survivalist "dark" side. 

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