Yelawolf’s long-awaited proper debut album, Radioactive, finally drops next week. And in a recent interview with Chicage-based hip-hop website Ruby Hornet, the Gadsden, Ala. native spoke on what has led up to the record’s release and how much things have changed in just the past year. From signing with Eminem’s Shady Records imprint to playing in front of more people he ever could have imagine, Yela makes it clear that none of this would have happened without persistence and hard work. He actually repeats the phrase “work pays” about five times, perhaps reminding himself just how much he’s accomplished as of late. You can watch the video below. Radioactive drops Nov. 21.