After his first single leaked to the web, Yela is saying lights out on his social networking page.
Yelawolf signed off from Twitter for good after the unsanctioned leak of “Gangster of Love,” the first single off his upcoming Shady Records debut Radioactive. Speaking with DJ Green Lantern, the Alabama boy explained that the incident has prompted him to pull the plug on his Twitter account and that the single will no longer be on his album.
“I don’t have Twitter drama anymore, I relieved myself of it. I’m done with it. It’s over for me. It’ll be run by management from now on,” he explained. “I find myself too personal with it. It’s my personality. It’s who I am as a person, and it’s one thing to get a leak, it’s another thing when the person who leaks it can sit there and cuss you out about it. You can’t touch him. I can’t reach through the motherfuckin’ Twitter and slap nobody. I just have to take it. So that was kind of the last straw for me.”
Though “Gangster of Love” was originally supposed to appear on Radioactive, he’s decided to let the track live on the Internet.
“Honestly, having a leak is a good thing, to be wanted. Especially in Hip Hop, it’s just really part of the culture for things to get leaked. I’m not mad at the actual act. I’m mad that it’s just thrown in my face. ‘Well fuck you, I got your shit. Now what you gonna do?’ And I’m sitting there,” he said. “It was my official single. That’s what was the most irritating thing about it.”
The song could potentially still end up on the LP, but not by Yela’s choice. “The album is finished, unless a miraculous record happens. Right now, it’s just really hard for a record to make the cut. I.E. ‘Gangster of Love.’ I thought I had one and jumped out there and was like, ‘This was it,’” he continued. “It wasn’t supposed to be. I guess since this asshole leaked it and it becomes a fan favorite, that might turn into a decision that the label has to make. But as far as we were concerned in our circle, nah, it wasn’t going to be on the album.”