#18. Yelawolf, Radioactive
Label: Ghet-O-Vision/DGC/Interscope/Shady Records
Released: November 21
The musical roller-coaster that is Radioactive effectively highlights all of Yelawolf's varied influences and finds the Albama native firmly settling into his own unique groove. Wolf mixes southern hip-hop artists (Mystikal, Killer Mike, Lil Jon), rock-infused beats, gritty lyricism and party records all on one album without stretching himself too thin. By turns personally revealing ("The Last Song"), emotionally vulnerable ("Get Away"), and relentlessly aggressive ("Growin' Up In The Gutter") Wolf always feels completely genuine.