“Made In The USA” f/ Priscilla Renea
Produced by: Emanuel Kiriakou
Co-produced by: BLAQSMURPH
Yelawolf: “That’s my pride and joy record. As I get older, I’m becoming more patriotic of the working class and the hustlers. I’ve started to realize that my people are the thread of this country. I don’t mean my people like white people. [Laughs.] I mean the working class. That’s the thread—laying the bricks, laying the roads down, building the houses, working the factories, hustling, selling the weed, whatever.
Everybody makes up the thread of this country. My papa retired from Goodyear. My grandmother retired from a bakery and a grocery store. My mom retired as a bartender. And I never could keep a job. - Yelawolf
“Made in the USA? How do you make it over here? It isn’t easy. You’ve got to work fucking hard. The American dream is not fucking handed to anybody. It doesn’t matter if you went to school for fucking 10 years at Harvard, or you were an apprentice to a brick mason for 10 years and now you run a construction site, it takes a lot of fucking work to be successful.
“Everybody makes up the thread of this country. My papa retired from Goodyear. My grandmother retired from a bakery and a grocery store. My mom retired as a bartender. And I never could keep a job. So there it is. It’s life, that’s all there is right there.
“[The American Dream] seems to be disappearing. I’m not politically savvy—I don’t know exactly what’s going on—but logically, I know what’s going on. There’s just a lot of greed up top. Some of those people who worked their ass off to get to the top forgot about how they got there and the people who are making those companies work. They’re replacing them with computers and fucking robots and just taking all the bread.
“Major companies are moving into small towns and fucking crushing local jobs, hiring cheap labor, laying off employees that have been with the company for fucking 15 years for cheap labor. All of that has obviously affected people to the point where they’re standing up and they’re saying ‘Fuck this shit.’
[The American Dream] seems to be disappearing. I’m not politically savvy—I don’t know exactly what’s going on—but logically, I know what’s going on. There’s just a lot of greed up top. - Yelawolf
“The country goes through ups and downs. It’s good to see people come together though. It’ll make a difference. You can’t stop energy. It’s like water, it’s going to find its way, and it will all make sense, as long as enough people come together with the energy of, ‘Man, this has to change.’ When enough people are focused on something—whether it’s doing something positive or starting a war—if they want to do it, it’s going to happen.
“I think we’re shifting at this point. People are waking up. It’s a good thing, man. It’s causing a lot of drama, but we should be happy as a people that they’re standing up and they’re doing something.
“Shit, my papa’s been laid off. I’ve seen my papa get out in front of Goodyear with all his employees and go on strike a bunch of times. It works. There might be somebody out there pushing buttons, but who’s going to turn that screwdriver and fix that machine? [Laughs.] You don’t know how to do that. I’ll come in here and fix this machine, but ain’t no tires getting made unless y’all fix this shit.”