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With a life story that no book could contain, the artist born Michael Atha could have auditioned for the â€śmost interesting man in the worldâ€ť title. Geograpically, he was born in a state that rests between Mississippi and Georgia but mentally he was raised in a state of constant change. Bouncing around between Alabama and Tennessee as a child, Wolfâ€™s upbringing exposed him to the impoverished realities of both White Americaâ€™s trailer parks and Black Americaâ€™s ghettos. The duality would finally define itself on a fateful evening where his mother was playing host to a group of friends who happened to be the roadie crew for rapstars Run DMC. It was that night where Wolf, who was raised on a healthy dosage of Southern Rock, would hear songs like â€śMy Adidasâ€ť and Beastie Boys â€śPaul Revereâ€ť for the first time. From that point on he knew that Hip Hop was now in his DNA. Unfortunately up to this point Wolf had to battle Hip Hop listeners who judged by outside appearance...but heâ€™s winning that fight now. After years of toiling in the rap chitlin circuit, the mixtape matrix and doing hooks for a spectrum of artists ranging from Juelz Santana to Slim Thug, Wolf broke out in grand fashion with his critically acclaimed independent release Trunk Muzik (Ghet-O-Vision Ent.) on New Yearâ€™s Day 2010. Prideful boasts on songs like â€śI Wishâ€ť (â€śI wish a motherfucker would tell me that I ainâ€™t Hip Hop/Bitch! You ainâ€™t Hip Hop!) made listeners look beyond his tattoo-decorated skin and respect his skills. The excitement, paired with his unforgettable live shows, led to numerous magazine covers a record deal through Ghet-O-Vision/Interscope and then a partnership with Shady Records. The label founded by the man who many naysayers opted to unfavorably compare him to, Eminem. â€śThere is a fair comparison between us,â€ť says Wolf. â€śBut the true difference is vocal. The cadence and the words I use. There are words that I can rhyme that he canâ€™t just because of my Southern accent. I can go to totally different places because of my slang alone.â€ť
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