Soulja Boy, born on July 28, 1990, is a celebrated rapper and record producer. In 2007, he ranked number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts with his debut single, ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’. The single was self-made and demonstrated the ‘Crank That’ dance. It resulted in him signing with Interscope Records after meeting with Mr. Collipark. He also received his first nomination for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards. “Souljaboytellem.com,” his debut album, was released in October of the same year, and it ranked at number four on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. He released his second album in 2008. ‘Kiss Me Thru the Phone’ was his second single to surpass the two-million mark in downloads. ‘Turn My Swagg On’ was the third to have more digital downloads sold. The success and recognition he has amassed for himself is undeniable and, today, we are excited to celebrate him with you.
DeAndre Cortez Way
Big Soulja, Young Draco
July 28, 1990
DeAndre Cortez Way, professionally known as Soulja Boy, has been in the entertainment industry since 2007 and is now a celebrated icon. He has perfected his art as a rapper and record producer. Apart from that, he has ventured into business and thrived.
He was born in Chicago. He later moved to Atlanta at the age of six, and this is when his passion for music and rap blossomed. When he was 14, he moved with his father to Batesville, Mississippi. His father owned a recording studio that he made available to him so that he could pursue his music interests and improve his skills. In 2005, he posted his original work on SoundClick to gauge the response from the public, and it wasn’t until he received positive feedback that he branched out and opened YouTube and Myspace accounts. He debuted his first independent album in 2007, “Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album”. In the same year, he ranked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts for his debut single, ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy).’ It was released in May, and by the end of that month, it had already had its first airplay. It led to him signing with Interscope Records after meeting with Mr. Collipark. He also got his first nomination for ‘Best Rap Song’ at the 50th Grammy Awards. “Souljaboytellem.com,” his debut label album, was released in October of the same year, and it ranked at number four on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop charts. He released his second album, “iSouljaBoyTellem,” in 2008. His first single from the album, ‘Bird Walk,’ was performed on YouTube Live in November, outside it also ranking on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Rap Tracks charts. ‘Kiss Me Thru the Phone’ was his second single to surpass the two-million mark in downloads, and ‘Turn My Swagg On’ had the third-most sold downloads with more than one million digital downloads sold.
He admitted that his third album, “The DeAndre Way,” was meant to be his most intentional album — it was to be personal and more successful than the previous ones. In October 2009, he released three mixtapes known as “Paranormal,” “Activity, Dat Piff,” and “Cortez.” He later changed the album title to “Dre” in 2010, but changed it back to the original title in the same year. Apart from rapping and singing, Soulja Boy has his own record label, Stacks On Deck Entertainment, which he founded in 2004 while still being signed under Interscope and Collipark Music. He also has a clothing line named S.O.D. Clothing and his own brand of shoes called Yums, which he launched in 2008. In 2012, he partnered with D. Young, a celebrated fashion designer, to create Ocean Gang, the original clothing line. In the same year, he produced BLVD Supply.
While still signed to Interscope and Collipark Music, Soulja Boy establishes a record label and calls it Stacks On Deck Entertainment.
‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’ is released and goes on to become number one on the Billboard Hot 100.
“iSouljaBoyTellem” drops and he performs the album’s first single on YouTube Live.
The single tops the U.S. Rap Charts and amasses over one million digital downloads.
He partners with fashion designer D. Young to create his official clothing line known as Ocean Gang.
Why We Love Soulja Boy
He is an entrepreneur
If there is one thing Soulja Boy does best is business — he now owns several businesses in different avenues. He also has a record label where he signs artists. He is good at identifying opportunities and meeting said needs.
He bounces back
Soulja Boy has gone through many hardships throughout his career. He was robbed at gunpoint and has lost his brother. He has also been arrested and has had his share of controversies. This, however, has never deterred him as he bounces back every time, ready to take on the world.
He is a trendsetter
He has the first-ever hit single to sell over three million digital copies. His official YouTube channel has gathered more than one billion views and has more than three million subscribers since 2006. He is also among the first rappers in the industry to take advantage of social media and use it for digital marketing.
5 Surprising Facts
He had an animated series
The series featured Alfonso Ribeiro as Carlton Banks and Sway from M.T.V.
His song ‘Crank That’ featured in games
It was a featured song in Xbox 360’s “Dance Central” and in “World of Warcraft.”
He was robbed
He was robbed in 2008, and from then on he admitted to keeping a gun in every room in his house.
He retweets at a fee
He began his own business on Twitter where he retweets and follows people at a cost.
He almost collaborated with Chris Brown
Brown was supposed to sing the hook of ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone’ but, unfortunately, it did not happen.
Soulja Boy FAQs
Who did Soulja Boy sign to in 2021?
In April 2021, he signed a record deal with Virgin Music.
How many songs does Soulja Boy have?
He has 38 music videos, 14 E.P.s, 57 singles, and 62 mixtapes.
Who did Soulja Boy write songs for?
“Yes, it’s true. I wrote ‘Whip My Hair’ for Willow Smith,” he tweeted a couple of days after reports that he got songwriting credits on the song hit the net.
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