Sometimes Y, recorded during the Covid-19 pandemic, is the passion project of Yelawolf and Grammy-award-winning producer Shooter Jennings (for his work with Tanya Tucker and Brandi Carlile). Although not the most obvious duo—Yelawolf is immersed in hip-hop while Jennings lives primarily in the world of Americana—it is for this very reason they have made something truly and incredibly unique.
Yelawolf and Jennings first met backstage in 2008, but their history intertwines farther back than that; they attended the same church and their families worked in similar realms of entertainment. Over the next decade, the two would express their desire to work together, however, it would not be until 2020 that the two artists managed to find the time.
In a press release, Yelawolf describes when the project unintentionally began, saying, “Shooter sent me a voice memo of this guitar part he’d recorded one day, and I was
inspired to add some vocals on top and send it back. The sound wasn’t what either one of us expected it to be, but we both loved how it came out
and decided to just run with it.”
That unexpected sound can be described as Rock n’ Roll with a twist, both artists bringing their respective genres to the mix. And it is this lack of strict definition that defines the album as a whole. To Yelawolf and Jennings, the title Sometimes Y stems from calling systems and rules into question and ultimately doing whatever one wants; this mindset is infused into the creation of the album.
Chosen as the lead single for the album, “Make Me a Believer” is infectious and does an incredible job representing the album. To build up the hype and anticipation for the album’s release, a music video for “Make Me a Believer” was released in January. Watch below.
Listen to Sometimes Y on Spotify.
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