Yelawolf originally popped up with a measured mix of rap and country-fried singing—he’s now moved closer to to the country side of things, while still keeping on to some of his rap edge. His latest song “Best Friend,” featuring Eminem, sounds like a direct descendant of Nelly and Tim McGraw’s “Over And Over.” Guitars twang over loping hip-hop production, the perfect complement to Yelawolf’s southern-accented sing-song.
On his verses Yelawolf seems to be exploring religious undertones, talking about a “best friend, a father, son and holy spirit” who has his back when things get tough.
The video doubles down on this theme. We see Yelawolf walking through a field of tall grass, alone, confronting his demons. Then the action switches to two more spiritually resonant locations: a church and a graveyard. Yelawolf leans against a gravestone as a wolf stalks through the misty night.
Eminem shows up in the empty church, spitting two verses full of heart-wrenching vulnerability while pointing at the sky and holding his head in his hands.