Video: Say goodbye to Yelawolf. After a stint in a psych ward, Eminem’s talented protégé has announced he will be going by his given name, Michael Wayne Atha, aka M.W.A.

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After ending his recent “Trial By Fire” tour in November with erratic behaviour, rapper Yelawolf (born Michael Wayne Atha) has revealed a handful of personal changes, including a new stage name. In taking to a newly created Instagram page, the Alabama-born MC revealed he’s dropped the name Yelawolf for the initials of his given name, MWA. A lengthy caption that accompanies the post explains that he “hoaxed the ‘suicide’ of Yelawolf with my ‘blood art,” crediting the change to losing both a friend and his former manager placing him under psychiatric care.

Watch Michael Wayne Atha have a meltdown on stage and try to fight a fan.

“Hours after my incarceration. Freedom on the mind.”

A video posted by M.W.A (@michael_wayne_atha) on

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