On Sunday night the Valarium was packed as Yelawolf lovers from across Knoxville came out to see their favorite up-and-coming Southern white rapper.
The small music venue, about a ten minute walk from the Fort Sanders area, had a full lineup of artists including DJ Vajra, Trouble Andrew, and Rittz, aka, "White Jesus."
The show began around 9:30 p.m. when the first act, DJ Vajra, took the stage. Mixing everything from old school "Hypnotize" by B.I.G. to "Nothin' but a G Thang" by Snoop Dogg, he easily got the whole crowd pumped and jumping.
Next to perform was Trouble Andrew. Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., but sounding more like a garage band from Southern California, his style was completely unlike the others. Although he kept the crowd relatively energetic, his sound was a little too mellow, and his lyrics were a little too generic — a fatal flaw in much of the rap music out today.
After Trouble Andrew left the stage, the young protégé of Yelawolf and his equal in lyrical swiftness, Rittz, was next to go on. If Trouble Andrew lost any listeners in the crowd, Rittz quickly brought them back to life.
As soon as he walked onto the stage, every fist was in the air with the unanimous chanting of "White Jesus!" filling the room.
Once you got past Rittz's interesting attire compromised of a too-small black beanie and giant red afro, his fast rhymes and confident stage presence completely hyped up the crowd and eventually resulted in a gigantic mosh-pit by the end of his set.
There was a 10-minute break between Rittz and Yelawolf as the small crowd doubled in size.
Jean Patimeteeporn, freshman in finance, was patiently waiting in the third row back from the stage. Already having seen Yelawolf at Bonnaroo this past summer, Patimeteeporn already had a feel for his music.
"Although he's still a developing artist, he shows a lot of pride from being from the South, and it really shows in his music. He's definitely going to bring a good show tonight," Patimeteeporn said.
As Yelawolf took the stage, he commanded everyone to get their hands in the air.
Mixing intense bursts of verses and the roar of a booming bass, he quickly had everyone in the room on their feet.
About two songs in, he told everyone to put their hands up and jumped off the stage into the crowd, pumping up the crowd even more.
In his signature style, he did covers of Eminem's "My Name Is" and Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Free Bird", and ended the night with The Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)."
During the encore, Yelawolf yelled for everyone to crowd surf and more than twenty people joined in, bringing the show to an exciting close.
Jonathan Miller, senior in finance, was blown away by the performance.
"Yelawolf definitely came to (throw) down and showed it when he dove into the crowd," Miller said. "His cover of 'Fight for Your Right' ended the show perfectly."
With a mix of all different artists, from DJs, garage bands and some of the fastest rappers in the industry today, the Yelawolf show was undeniably one for the books.