“Slumerican Shitizen” f/ Killer Mike
Produced by: WillPower
Yelawolf: “I got Slumerican Shitizen tattooed on the back of my leg years ago. The word Slumerican became descriptive of my lifestyle. That’s my take on patriotism. That record’s just about being the underdog.
“Killer Mike loves being really blunt. He’s super intelligent. He knows so much about damn near everything. When we became friends, we would always have discussions how, in some sense, we are from the same world financially, just in a different way. It’s the most rock n roll record on the project.”
I got Slumerican Shitizen tattooed on the back of my leg years ago. The word Slumerican became descriptive of my lifestyle. That’s my take on patriotism. - Yelawolf
Killer Mike: “Anybody familiar with the Atlanta or New York scene knows that for the past five years I’ve been rocking with Yelawolf. I met him when he was a rookie that KP Kawan Prather introduced me to.
“I was familiar with his crew [Dixie Mafia] when they were working the Atlanta underground scene. I was in New York recording for one of my records when I heard him. I told KP that I think he’s dope. He only had a couple of tattoos and long black hair, but he had the look and the passion.
“Over the years I was always supportive of him. KP’s a dear friend of mine and [Yelawolf’s manager] Courtney Sills was doing the day-to-day thing with him, and I just really liked him. We hung out in New York together and he took me out to Dobbin Block in Brooklyn, where I hung out with all the skateboarders. I started looking at him like a little bro. Over the years we played each other’s music and loved it.
“Maybe a year ago, I recorded the record and smashed it. He called me back and was like, ‘I need you to rerecord the verse.’ I did it again, but he had me do it one more time after they changed the beat up to make it even bigger.
[The sound of the record] is Ice Cube meets [heavy metal band] Anthrax. This is Lynard Skynard and the Geto Boys. Lyrically, we are going! There’s no overdoing it or comparisons. This shit is N.W.A. - Killer Mike
“[The sound of the record] is Ice Cube meets [heavy metal band] Anthrax. This is Lynard Skynard and the Geto Boys. Lyrically, we are going! There’s no overdoing it or comparisons. This shit is N.W.A.
“Most people outside of the South view [the title ‘Slumerican Shitizen’] with black and white racial undertones. Part of Yelawolf’s message and image is about haves and have-nots. When you’re dirt poor and from where his and my family’s originally from, no matter what color you are, you ain’t shit! ‘Slumerican Shitizen’ applies to all of that.
“Whether you’re in poor ass Alabama, Brooklyn, or Albuquerque, all of us are Slumericans. We’re all the people at the bottom. I applaud Wolf for being wise enough in his youth to understand that. It ain’t about him being the next white rapper. It’s about him repping for all people on the bottom.
“Hearing Yelawolf with me is like when Bun B started giving out those unlikely features that people didn’t look for. In my catalogue, this is one of those features that people might not have looked for. I think [this song is] the best song on the album. It’s a five mic album in my mind, so I’m comfortable saying it’s the best song.”
One thing I love about that record is the cadence that Killer Mike used. I think that was the cadence that Killer Mike [used on Outkast’s ‘The Whole World’ that] made Mike famous. - WillPower
WillPower: “We reproduced that record for the album. We originally did that record in 2007 and it was myself, Yelawolf, and Brian Parks. Basically, Wolf walked up to the studio one night and he had just gotten these tattoos on the back of his legs and one said ‘Slumaerican’ and the other said ‘Shitizen.’
“Killer Mike put a banger verse on that shit. At the time, Mike was being managed by Brother Bear who is Yelawolf's manager. Anytime Yelawolf calls on Killer Mike he's always there and vice versa. So Killer Mike was down.
“One thing I love about that record is the cadence that Killer Mike used. I think that was the cadence that Killer Mike [used on Outkast’s ‘The Whole World’ that] made Mike famous.”