“The Last Song”
Produced by: WillPower
Yelawolf: “I was in the A room at Tree Sound. Elton John has recorded in there, Whitney Houston, and there’s a big grand piano in there. It’s a huge room. I went into the booth not knowing what I was going to do.
“I had that room because Boo and Molly from Tree Sound are my friends and they let me get in there. If it’s open and I want to come rock, they’ll just throw me in the A room and let me do whatever I want.
“I’m in the A room, just me and the engineer, and I just went into the booth like, ‘Well, I’m just going to start with a beatbox.’ I was beatboxing and I came up with that drum pattern. It just got me into a really thought provoking zone, and WillPower just showed up like, ‘What you got going on?’ I was like, ‘I’ve just got this drum pattern. Go hop on the grand piano.’
I'm rapping about my father—not my dad—but my sperm donor. I’ve made a lot of effort [to get to know him]. Every time I’ve reached out, I’ve reached out from my end to try to have a conversation with him. So I figured I would just write my last of it. The last time that I would try to [talk to him]. He’s a basket-case. I called it ‘The Last Song’ because it’s the last song that I’ll write that I’ll include him. - Yelawolf
“So we mic’d up the grand piano in the A room, and that’s what came out of WillPower when he heard the drums. I was like, ‘Whoa.’ So the first thing that came to me was the melody and then the words came around for the hook.
“I started rapping the lyrics around the hook and started rapping about my father—not my dad—but my sperm donor. I’ve made a lot of effort [to get to know him]. Every time I’ve reached out, I’ve reached out from my end to try to have a conversation with him. So I figured I this was the last time that I would try to [talk to him].
“I didn’t meet him until I was 16 and just once. Then when I got my first deal with Columbia, he came back around and started trying to date my mom and shit. He’s a basket-case. I called it ‘The Last Song’ because it’s the last song that I’ll write that I’ll include him and that’s it. I said it all in that record.”
WillPower: “That's probably the most heartfelt song on the album. That record is going to be one of the records that shows where Yelawolf will go eventually. You’ll see more song writing on that level from him.
“His relationship with his mother is really good. His mom has always been a great person. I've never met his father, and from conversations I've had with him, he has a certain level of respect for him, but he ain't been in his life, so he doesn’t spend too much time trying to cultivate a relationship with him. But in turn he's a great father, he’s really good with his own kids.”