“Growin’ Up In The Gutter” f/ Rittz

Produced by: WillPower

Yelawolf: “When WillPower was playing this beat, it started off with that [imitates beat]. I was like, ‘Oh my God! This is some fucking Nine Inch Nails shit!’ It was like Marilyn Manson [meets] 808s [& Heartbreak]. I’ve never heard such mean drums and basslines. You could put somebody in a pitch black room, crank that shit up, and they’d go crazy.

“The music drove me to start thinking about Ouija boards, child abuse, and all the scary shit I went through when I was younger. That’s what that record turned into. It started with the verses and then the hook just poured out of me. I didn’t write that. I just went in there and let loose.

 

The music drove me to start thinking about Ouija boards, child abuse, and all the scary shit I went through when I was younger. That’s what that record turned into. It started with the verses and then the hook just poured out of me. I didn’t write that. I just went in there and let loose. - Yelawolf

 

“The point of the record became [a message that] it doesn’t matter if you’re in a $20 million mansion, if there’s fucked-up shit going on in your house as a child you might as well be living in the projects. The gutter comes from people’s hearts. Any place in the world can turn into a very dark place for a child. Someone’s upraising isn’t always what it seems, and that goes vice-versa.

“Some people that live at the bottom financially are really happy because they have good parents. You go to the suburbs and meet a kid like Rittz, which is why he’s on that record. He’s the perfect example of that song. He’s from Gwinnett County, the suburbs, and he’s a fucking basket case. His lifestyle, shit he got into, and the shit that happens in Gwinnett County is just like... I know exactly what that is.

“When I first met Rittz, someone hit him up to come and open for me when I was doing shows at this spot called Lenny’s Bar. I watched his set, and I was just blown away. Other than myself, I hadn’t heard anybody out at the moment who was chopping like that. I knew a lot of people before me and people who were already on, but I had never heard of this dude.

“I started hollering at him when his team that he was working with fell apart. When he didn’t have any more support, I told him if I ever got a deal I would help him out. This was before I had a deal with Interscope. After I got my deal with Interscope, I started putting him on as much as I could. I got him a mixtape recorded, put him down with my Slumerican crew, brought him on tour and put him on my album.”

 

Ouija board sessions with my mother, ghosts in my grandparents house, waking up with my uncle screaming in the basement because he’s seeing shit, and cow mutilations. In Franklin, Tennessee there were Satanists that would come and kill cattle and have fucking seances in the woods. - Yelawolf

 

“There was a lot of my childhood that was very scary, like Exorcist scary. My mom hallucinated on mushrooms and thought people were crawling all over her in the other room while I’m in a house that has no lights.

“Ouija board sessions with my mother, ghosts in my grandparents house, waking up with my uncle screaming in the basement because he’s seeing shit, and cow mutilations. In Franklin, Tennessee there were Satanists that would come and kill cattle and have fucking seances in the woods.

”There were suicidal instances, not with myself but with people that were close to me. A lot of fucking really weird shit goes down in the Bible Belt. Because of the religious stronghold, there’s a lot of backlash. When kids want to revolt in the South around the Bible Belt, they usually do it religiously. They’ll get into dark shit [like] black magic. You don’t really believe that shit until you see some shit fly across the room when you’re a child. That shit is real as fuck.

“Other than the spiritual shit, [there was] child abuse, molestation—I was having sex when I was 7 years old with babysitters. [She was] like 16. It’s funny now, but it’s fucked up. It’s fully fucked up. Teenage girls are sexual predators. I don’t give a fuck what anybody says. I grew up watching them and fucking with them—fucking them!

“All of my sexual encounters were all women [like] my mom’s friends when I was young. You got to watch out. I don’t know why I was always a target, but I was. Most people were like ‘What the fuck,’ but I have talked to dudes who were like, ‘Yeah man, me too.’ I’m not the only one.

 

I was having sex when I was 7 years old with babysitters. [She was] like 16. It’s funny now, but it’s fucked up. It’s fully fucked up. Teenage girls are sexual predators. I don’t give a fuck what anybody says. I grew up watching them and fucking with them—fucking them! - Yelawolf

 

“It’s probably only funny because I’m a male. If it was a 16-year-old boy fucking a 7 year old girl, could you imagine? For us, it’s like, ‘Ha! Hell yeah, dog,’ but honestly it’s really sick. There’s no two ways about it. It’s a sickness. That’s that fucking white trash, glue-huffing, gutter shit.

WillPower: “‘Growing up in the Gutter’ is my favorite record. We did it prior to going to Las Vegas in January. It's our extension of what we did on Trunk Muzik, except on steroids. The intensity on the record and the message is totally Yelawolf.

“That record definitely expresses the hunger of what we've been through. You can really hear the pain in that record because Yelawolf is really talking about things that he's actually experienced. And it's really scary and really eerie to listen to. If I had to give it a definition, I'd say that's our Nine Inch Nails [type] record on the album.”