This is the first single from former skateboarder turned rapper Yelawolf's Shady Records debut album Radioactive. "Hard White" features Lil Jon and was released on iTunes August 8, 2011.
Yelawolf had recorded most of the album in Las Vegas when his team insisted on one more track. "It just pissed me off, like, 'what the f--k you mean we need one more record? Give me a f--king beat, I'm over this s--t,'" Yelawolf recalled to Billboard magazine. His team spent all night digging through beats, and the next day after playing a few, turned on the one that would become this song. "That was it," he said. "It inspired me to write. I actually walked into the booth after writing it, and that's a one take vocal cut. It's just straight all the way through."
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.