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Soulja Boy
Birth nameDeAndre Cortez Way[1][2]
Also known asSoulja Boy Tell 'Em
Born(1990-07-28) July 28, 1990 (age 22)
Chicago, Illinois
OriginBatesville, Mississippi, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
Years active2005–present
LabelsStacks on Deck/Collipark Music/Interscope
Associated actsArab, Mr. Collipark, Gucci Mane, 50 Cent, Lil B, Chief Keef
Websitethedeandreway.com
 
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Soulja Boy
Birth nameDeAndre Cortez Way[1][2]
Also known asSoulja Boy Tell 'Em
Born(1990-07-28) July 28, 1990 (age 22)
Chicago, Illinois
OriginBatesville, Mississippi, United States
GenresHip hop
OccupationsRapper
Years active2005–present
LabelsStacks on Deck/Collipark Music/Interscope
Associated actsArab, Mr. Collipark, Gucci Mane, 50 Cent, Lil B, Chief Keef
Websitethedeandreway.com

DeAndre Cortez Way (born July 28, 1990), better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur.

In September 2007, his single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. The single was initially self-published on the internet, and it later became a number-one hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in September 2007.[3] On August 17 Way was listed at #18 on the Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings of 2010 earning $7 million for that year.[4]

Way has currently released three studio albums and one independent album: his debut studio album Souljaboytellem.com (2007) was certified platinum by the RIAA. However, his next two albums, iSouljaBoyTellem (2008) and The DeAndre Way (2010) did not match the commercial success of his debut, the latter only selling 100,000 copies,[5] despite the success of several singles across both albums, such as "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" and "Turn My Swag On" (iSouljaBoyTellem) and "Pretty Boy Swag" (The DeAndre Way), This was mainly due to negotiation problems with Interscope records which meant a limited amount of records were made available to the public.

On October 18, 2011, Soulja Boy released his documentary biography film, Soulja Boy: The Movie.

As of 2011, Way has confirmed he is working on his fourth studio album, entitled Promise, which will be released in late 2012.[6]

Contents

Early life

DeAndre Way was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta at age 6,[7] where he became interested in rap music.[8]

Career beginnings

At age 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father, who provided a recording studio for Way to explore his musical ambitions.[7] In November 2005, Way posted his songs on the website SoundClick. Following positive reviews on the site, he then established his own web pages on YouTube and MySpace.[9][10] In March 2007, he recorded "Crank That" and released his first independent album Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album, followed by a low-budget video filmed demonstrating the "Crank That" dance. By the end of May 2007, "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" received its first airplay and Way met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records.

Music career

2007-08: Souljaboytellem.com

Soulja Boy performing "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" in February 2008.

On August 12, 2007, the song appeared on the Emmy-award winning HBO series Entourage, and by September 1, it topped the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts.[11] Way's major label debut album Souljaboytellem.com, which was reportedly recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio,[8][12] was released in the United States on October 2,[13] peaking at #4 on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.[14]

For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song with "Crank That (Soulja Boy)". He lost to Kanye West's and T-Pain's "Good Life".

Souljaboytellem.com received a favorable review from Allmusic,[13] but received mainly negative reviews from other sources such as Entertainment Weekly.[15] Several reviewers credited Soulja Boy with spearheading a new trend in hip-hop, while speculating he will likely be a one-hit wonder.[16][17][18]

2008-09: iSouljaBoyTellem

The follow-up to souljaboytellem.com, iSouljaBoyTellem, was released on December 16, 2008, to negative critical reception.[19] The first single from the album, "Bird Walk", peaked at #40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and the top 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart it was performed on the first YouTube Live on November 22, 2008, with an introduction from MC Hammer.[20] "Kiss Me Thru the Phone", with Sammie, followed, peaking at #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.[21] Chris Brown was originally Way's first choice to sing the hook, but respectfully turned down the offer. Way then tried to do it on his own with Auto-Tune but he found it unacceptable.[22] It sold over 2,000,000 digital copies in the United States, becoming his second song to reach the two million mark in downloads.[23][24]

On January 26, 2009 Way released his third single "Turn My Swag On". it topped the US Rap Charts and peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100. It has so far sold more than 1,000,000 digital downloads in the United States. It became Soulja Boy's third song to sell 1 million or more downloads.[24]

2009-2010: The DeAndre Way

The DeAndre Way[25] is Way's third studio album, Way has stated that the album is intended to be his most personal and successful album thus far. When speaking on possible collaborations, he stated he wished to work with artists such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, and Kanye West,[26] Eminem,[27] among others. The lead single from the album, "POW", was released in January 2009 but failed to garner success and was dubbed a promo single. On October 30, 2009 Way released three mixtapes Paranormal Activity, Dat Piff & Cortez.[28] Then it was announced on February 18, 2010 that the first single from the album was gone be "All Black Everything" but it was cancelled & was just put on his promotional mixtape Legendary.[29] The album was titled "The DeAndre Way" but was changed in early 2010 to Dre with a commercial video snippet for "Do It Big" as the first single but it was cancelled as well.[30] However it was reverted back to The DeAndre Way in July 2010.

But on June 8, 2010, the official lead single from the album was "Pretty Boy Swag". The single has reached #34 on the Billboard Hot 100, number six on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and number five on the Billboard Rap Songs chart.[31] The album's second single was due to be "Digital" but it was just used on his promotional mixtape Best Rapper.[32] Then it was announced that "Speakers Going Hammer" was gone be the second single, but "Blowing Me Kisses" was released on August 31, 2010 as the second single instead.[33] On October 13 Soulja Boy performed "Pretty Boy Swag" & a snippet of his third single "Speakers Going Hammer". On October 19, 2010 Way finally released "Speakers Going Hammer" on iTunes the single peaked at #48 on the Hot R&B & Hip Hop tracks Billboard.[34] The DeAndre Way was released on November 30, 2010 it has so far has only sold 70,000 copies making this Way's lowest selling album. Soulja Boy was to be part of the Summerbeatz tour held in Australia alongside Flo Rida, Jay Sean and Travie McCoy in November 2010, but in lieu of his current album release date Soulja Boy had declined the offer & just embarked on his Who They Want tour.

2011-present: Mixtapes and Promise

On January 22, Way released his first mixtape of 2011 Smooky which cover featured a cartoon version of Way on a bicycle doing a 360.[35] Then On March 17, 2011 Way released the mixtape 1up which cover was based on the Naruto anime Way stated "If I was in a video game, this mixtape would advance me to the next level with an extra life. Power up with the new offering".[36] On April 20, 2011 Way released his mixtape Juice which cover was based on the Juice the movie Way stated he would also released a mini movie of his own to go along with the mixtape Way stated that he was headed to greatness with the mixtape.[37] On July 15, 2011 Way released his ep mixtape entitled Bernaurd Arnault EP (Limited Edition).[38]. Then on August 1, 2012 Way released another ep mixtape entitled 21: EP.[39] Then on August 31, 2011 Way released the mixtape The Last Crown the cover of the mixtape is based on the artwork the Flammarion Engraving.[40][41] In September 2011, Way confirmed he is working on a new album, called Promise, which will be released in October.[42] Way also released the cover & title of his second independent album via Twitter, entitled Skate Boy, which he said would be available in stores November 1, also via twitter.[43][44] On September 19, 2011 Way released the mixtape Supreme the mixtape is known for Way going back to his old Pop Rap style.[45] On October 30, 2011 Skate Boy (Deluxe Edition) was released & turned out to be a mixtape & not a album.[46][47] On December 30, 2011 Way released another mixtape entitled Gold On Deck.[48]

On January 9, 2012 Way released another mixtape for the beginning year entitled 50/13 which cover was based on A$AP Rocky's mixtape cover LiveLoveA$AP.[49] On January 24, 2012 Way released a collaboration mixtape with his artist Young L entitled Mario & Domo vs. the World which cover was based on Super Mario Bros.[50] Then On March 23, 2012 Way released a mixtape entitled OBEY which featured his promotional single "Too Faded".[51][52][53] On June 3, 2012 Way talked about his upcoming album Promise & stated the reason he has put out so many mixtapes in the last 2 years because he feels like he has to put out alot of music & be as creative as possible.[54] On June 11, 2012 Way released another collaboration mixtape with upcoming rapper Vinny Cha$e entitled Double Cup City.[55] On September 4, 2012 Way released a sequel mixtape to his mixtape Juice entitled Juice II the mixtape is being known for Way going back to his old production style with the beginning lines "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em".[56]

Other ventures

Stacks on Deck Entertainment

Stacks on Deck Entertainment
Founded2004
FounderDeAndre "Soulja Boy" Way (CEO)
Michael "Miami Mike" Sykes (President)
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Interscope (2007-present)
Universal Motown (2009-2011)
GenreHip-hop, pop, Crunk, R&B
Country of originUnited States
LocationAtlanta, Georgia (2007-present)
Official Websitehttp://sodmg.com/

Way founded his record label Stacks on Deck Entertainment in 2004. While Way was signed to Interscope and Collipark Music, he claimed that his label had distribution deals with Universal Music Group and eOne Music.[citation needed]

Current artists
Managed DJ's
Managed Producers

Record production

Way also produces records, including his own. In 2009, Way produced V.I.C.'s single "Get Silly" which went certified Gold & Bow Wow's single "Marco Polo". Way beats often contain the beginning lines "Soulja Boy Tell 'em" But as of late Way has produced beats without using the lines. Also in 2009 Way was also supposed to been producing for Kanye West's fourth studio album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy & Kanye was supposed to been producing for Ways third studio album The DeAndre Way but for unknown reasons neither of them used each other's beats.[57] On May 13, 2011 Way stated that he had produced & submitted beats for 50 Cent's fifth studio album Street King Immortal.[58]

Fashion designing

On March 5, 2008, Way released his official clothing line of "S.O.D clothing".[59] Then also in 2008 Way released his own brand of the popular shoe line entitled "Yums".[60] On February 14, 2012 Way along with fashion designer D. Young created the official clothing line "Ocean Gang".[61][62][63]

Acting career

In January 7, 2009 Soulja Boy announced that he was supposed to been releasing his own cartoon entitled Soulja Boy: The Animated Series but only one episode was ever released.[64][65] On April 22, 2011 Way announced that he would be making his acting debut playing the main role as Bishop on the Juice remake & that it would air on BET in sometime.[66]

In August 2010, Soulja Boy announced a desire to make a film about himself, having reported to MTV News that he discussed the idea with Nick Cannon.[67] He was later approached by Peter Spire who presented his own concept for making a documentary about the artist.[68] Directed by Spire, the film was released October 18, 2011, a date which coincided with Soulja Boy's arrrest on a drug charge.[68][69][70] The film contains live performances from his DeAndre Way Tour and interviews of Soulja Boy's father as well as current and former members of Stacks on Deck Entertainment.[68] The documentary was panned by DVD Verdict.[71]

Personal life

Legal issues

On December 9, 2007, Way was sued by William Lyons (a.k.a. Souljah Boy of Mo Thugs Family) who created the stage name Souljah Boy in 1996.[72]

On October 7, 2009, Way was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia, on one count of obstruction, a misdemeanor, for running from police when he'd been ordered to stop while filming a video in an abandoned house. The rapper was released on $550 bond.[73]

In May 2011, Way and his labels were sued by a local Pennsylvania promoter for failing to make promised payments in connection with a rescheduled concert.[74]

On October 18, 2011, Way was traveling west on I-20 in Carroll County, Georgia, with four other men when their vehicle was pulled over for a vehicle equipment violation. The police officer who made the stop searched the vehicle and found more than five ounces of marijuana. Way was arrested and released on bond during the same day.[75]

Victim of robbery and battery

On December 30, 2008, Way was robbed and battered in his home. Initial reports indicated that the robbers were six masked men with AK-47s and pistols but on December 31, 2008, videos surfaced on the Internet of two masked men claiming sole credit for the crime.[76] Soulja Boy described the incident to MTV News a month later: He had come home very late at night after attending an album release party and was recording songs with friends when the robbers came in pointing their guns.[77]

Relationships

In early 2009, Way was known for dating video model Rosa Acosta but in early 2010 the couple broke up for unknown reasons.[78] In late 2011 Way hooked up & is currently dating fellow female Atlanta rapper Diamond.[79]

Family tragedies

On the night of March 22, 2011, Way's little brother Deion Jenkins was killed in a car crash.[80] Then on March 24, 2011 Way's older brother threatened to commit suicide.[81]

Controversies

Way's music has been banned from some school dances for sexual or violent content and/or innuendos. However, he has denied these claims.[82] In the original YouTube video for "Shootout", Soulja Boy demonstrates his dance while holding a handgun in each hand and pretending to shoot into the audience.[83]

Nas

On February 25, 2008, Way said in an interview that "Nas killed hip hop and his own career".[84] Way later apologized for his comments.[85]

Ice-T

In June 2008, on DJ Cisco's Urban Legend mixtape, Ice-T told Way to "eat a dick" and criticized Way for "killing hip-hop" and his song "Crank That" for being "garbage" compared to the works of other hip-hop artists such as Rakim, Das EFX, Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube.[86] The two then traded videos back and forth over the Internet.[87] Rapper Kanye West defended Way by arguing that the younger artist created a new, original work for hip-hop, thus keeping the authentic meaning of the music.[88] The feud was parodied in a 2010 episode of The Boondocks.

In May 2011, Way's feud somewhat reignited with Ice-T again regarding The film Juice. Way stated he would also released a movie of his own to go along with his mixtape of the same name again somewhat reignited with Ice-T following a statement during Ice-T's interview with Shade 45 in late April 2011. Ice-T stated that Way's role as Bishop, which was famously originated by Tupac Shakur was not an issue. But Ice-T would find the fact that the film being remade is problematic saying ""What?” he said. “But that’s Pac… At some point, somebody gotta stop it. I came out. I made some statements. Man, I don’t know. Do you, dude, do you. If the masses accept it, it shows you the state we’re in… Come on man, you think I’d try to remake Pac’s movie? Good luck though, I'm not a hater...eh." Way himself barraged Ice-T with retaliatory tweets on the same day, joking that someone should "get this guy a hairline." [89][90]

Charles Hamilton

On December 9, 2008, Charles Hamilton commented in a interview by saying that Way was making it harder for new artists to be signed.[91] Way responded by saying "X out the Sonic and fuck with Mario, you might want to got damn eat a mushroom."[92][further explanation needed] Charles Hamilton responded with the diss song "I'm You Last Year With Talent".[93] Then the diss song "Word Aight".[94]

Bow Wow

On February 2, 2009, Way challenged Bow Wow to a race in their Lamborghinis and claimed Bow Wow's Lamborghini was a rental.[95] On February 4, 2009 Bow Wow proved that he owned his Lamborghini and said "its halloween in Bankhead for you everyday nigga..you scared..you all nervous and shit". Way responded on twitter by saying "HE FUCKED UP!!!! IM BOUT TO SHITTTT ON THIS NIGGA!! LOL!!!!!".[96] On February 7, 2009 both artist sent diss songs to each other such as Way's "Fuck Bow Wow" & Bow Wow's "What I Think About You".[97] Later that day during a phone conversation both rappers settled their differences.[98]

Fabolous

On December 28, 2010, Fabolous during a radio interview commented on the claim that Way uses cocaine, saying "pretty boy swag but never coke my nose though",[99] a reference to Way's song "Pretty Boy Swag. "Soulja Boy went on a tirade[100] on Twitter in response, saying "I ignore dis foo like 5x before this. fuck that. If you send some niggaz to spray me @myfabolouslife at least I die I real nigga fuck you boy." 50 Cent also took to Twitter to say, "leave him the f*** alone before somebody get hurt." Way and Fabolous ended their beef on a radio interview.[101]

U.S. Military

In September 2011, Soulja Boy released the song "Let's Be Real". One of the lines of the song went: "Fuck the FBI and fuck all the army troops / Fighting for what? Bitch, be your own man / I'll be flying through the clouds with green like I'm Peter Pan."[102] After the song was released, Soulja Boy was highly criticized by the military members and their families, especially in regards to the timing relative to the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks.[103][104][105] Soulja Boy apologized, "When I expressed my frustration with the US Army, not only did my words come out wrong, I was wrong to even speak them." He adds, "So, I write this to give my sincerest apology to all members of the United States military services, as well as their families that were offended by my most recent lyrics."[102] Representatives for Soulja Boy have indicated that the song has been pulled from his upcoming album, Promise, and will not be available for sale. They are also attempting to remove the video from the internet.[106]

On September 7, 2011, the New York Times cited the U.S. military has announced an official ban on Way's music. Way apologized for the content of the song and has offered to do free performances for American soldiers.[107]

Hopsin

On August 25, 2012, Way made controversial comments towards fellow rapper Hopsin on one of his webcam chats with his fans when Way stated "fuck Hopsin, Im about to go in the studio and record this Hopsin diss real quick". Way continued on by stating the words "that nigga’s a bitch, fuck that bitch ass nigga".[108] The situation could had been caused 2 years ago by Hopsin's controversial song "Sag My Pants" which was a direct diss towards Way with the lines "Soulja Boy you got a corny flow, So you can suck my fucking dick through a glory hole" though Way previously didn't focus on the diss.[109] But On August 28, 2012, on Way's Tinychat, Hopsin & Way confronted each other, though Hopsin admitted he liked Way nothing was really resolved.[110] On September 3, 2012, Way released the Hopsin diss. It was entitled "That Nigga Not Me" as of yet Hopsin has not responded to the diss.[111]

Discography

Studio albums
Independent albums
  • Unsigned and Still Major: Da Album Before da Album (2007)
  • Billionaire Dreams (2012)
Collaboration albums

Tours

Filmography

Film
YearFilmRoleNotes
2007YouTube LiveHimselfSmall Role
2008What's at Stake?'HimselfSmall Role
2009School GyrlsHimselfCameo
2010Malice N WonderlandSouljaSmall Role
2011Soulja Boy: The Movieas HimselfDocumentary on his life
2012TBATBAMain Role/Juice Remake
Television
YearTitleRoleNotes
2007The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHimself
Last Call with Carson DalyHimself
2008Live with RegisHimselfMinor appearance
Access GrantedHimselfFor his music video for "Bird Walk"
My Super Sweet 16Himself
2010When I Was 17Himself
The Mo'Nique ShowHimself
Late Night with Jimmy FallonHimself
Lopez TonightHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay LenoHimself

Awards and nominations

See also

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