As Def Sounds reported back in October of 2011, Yelawolf announced that he would be possibly releasing a collaborative mixtape with his “Country Cousin,” Big K.R.I.T.
At the time, Yela had this to say about the joint project:
“When me and K.R.I.T. were coming up with the concept to do a mixtape, we weren’t even on tour. We kind of let time just slip by and we just both got stupid busy.We’re still trying to make that happen. I think it’s going to happen. When, I don’t know, but him and I work really quick. K.R.I.T. makes crazy beats. He’s so super inspiring to be around. Once we lock down and work on it, it’ll get done pretty quick. For all the people waiting for it, it’ll be worth the wait. I’ll say that.” Yelawolf added. “If we make something that feels like an album, then that’s something we’ll consider, to put it out on the shelves. But for now, in my mind, who knows? At first it was supposed to be for free. We might stick with that, or if we put together a project we feel is worth buying, we’ll put it on the shelves. Either way, it’s going to be banging.”
Now a few months after Yelawolf’s announcement, Big K.R.I.T. spoke with The Masked Gorilla on the possibility that the mixtape with Yela will come to light:
“I definitely knew Yela before the Freshman cover. I had the opportunity to meet him at Tree Sound [Studios] in Atlanta, and he’s a down to Earth person, really just hungry and really just competitive about just the art of music.” K.R.I.T explained. “It was just dope to really get to work with him. The first day I met him, we ended up doing a song called ‘Happy Birthday Hip Hop,’ and from there he’s just been my country cousin and I’m excited to see what’s been going on with his grind…Lord willing we can do this tape Country Cousins eventually.”