There’s a good chance you’re scared of Yelawolf. And if your first introduction to the guy was his violent and gritty video for “Pop The Trunk,” I can’t say I blame you. Hailing from Gadsden, Alabama, the tattooed ex-skateboarder picked up his first big guest spots last year on Slim Thug’s “I Run” and Juelz Santana’s “Mixin’ Up The Medicine” and was recently heard on Big Boi’s debut album via “You Ain’t No DJ.” But Yelawolf doesn’t need them to prove his worth in the Southern Rap canon; his rapid-fire flow can alternate between raunchy sex tunes disguised as car metaphors and “diamond nuts” swagger without skipping a beat. His show might get a little rowdy, but Yelawolf will put a vivid image in your mind—and your face. With Project Lionheart, Cloud Nice, DJ Nphared. NICK FELDMAN

Fri., July 16, 9 p.m., 2010

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