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Soulja Boy Biography:
DeAndre Cortez Way better known by his stage name Soulja Boy, or Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em, is a rapper as well as record producer. Way started the record label “Stacks on Deck Entertainment” in 2004. Even though Way had been signed under Interscope as well as Collipark Music, Soulja Boy stated that his label had distribution deals along with Interscope, Universal Records, as well as Koch. In November 2005, Soulja Boy published his songs on the website SoundClick. Following positive reviews on the website, Soulja boy then set up his own web pages on YouTube videos as well as on a profile MySpace. In March 2007, Soulja boy recorded “Crank That” as well as 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 Soulja Boy met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records.
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 as well as Hot RingMasters charts. Soulja Boy’s major label debut album Souljaboytellem.com, which had been apparently recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio, had been released in the USA on October 2, peaking at # 4 on both the Billboard 200 as well as Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums charts. On December 9, 2007, Way had been sued by William Lyons (a.k.a. Souljah Boy of Mo Thugs Family) who claims he first created the stage name “Souljah Boy”. Soulja Boy was then nominated for a Grammy Award for the 50th Grammy Awards for Best Rap Song with “Crank That (Soulja Boy)”. Soulja Boy lost to Kanye West’s and T-Pain’s “Good Life”.
In June 2008, on DJ Cisco’s Urban Legend mixtape, Ice-T criticized Soulja Boy for “killing hip-hop” as well as his song “Crank That” for being “garbage” in comparison to the works of other hip-hop performers such as Rakim, Das EFX, Big Daddy Kane as well as Ice Cube. One of the remarks in the exchange had been when Ice-T instructed Soulja Boy to “eat a dick”. The two then traded several videos back and forth over the Internet. Most of these videos included a cartoon and video of Ice-T dancing on Soulja Boy’s behalf as well as an apology, but reiteration of his thoughts that Soulja Boy’s music “sucks”, on Ice-T’s behalf. Rapper Kanye West defended Soulja Boy by reasoning and arguing that the younger artist created a new lyrics, original work for hip-hop, thus keeping the authentic meaning of the music.
The follow up to souljaboytellem.com, iSouljaBoyTellem, had been released on December 16, 2008. The first single from the album, “Bird Walk”, peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as the top 20 on the Hot Rap Tracks chart. “Kiss Me Thru the Phone”, with Sammie, followed, peaking at # 3 on the Hot 100 as well as # 1 on the Hot Rap Tracks charts.
Soulja Boy announced on twitter The DeAndre Way, Soulja Boy’s upcoming third studio album, release date will be on November 30, 2010. Soulja Boy has stated that the album is intended to be his most personal and successful album thus far. When speaking on possible collaborations, Soulja boy stated he wished to work with performers such as Jay-Z, Lil Wayne, as well as Kanye West, Eminem, among others. The album had been originally called “The DeAndre Way” but had been changed in early 2010 to Dre, however it had been changed back to The DeAndre Way in July 2010.
The lead single from the album, “POW”, had been released in January 2009 but failed to garner success as well as had been dubbed a promo single. The official lead single from the album, “Pretty Boy Swag”, had been released in June 2010. The single has reached number thirty four on the Billboard Hot 100, number six on the Billboard Hot R&B / Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as number five on the Billboard Rap Songs chart. The album’s second single had been due to be “Digital”, then “Speakers Going Hammer”, but “Blowing Me Kisses” was released on August 31, 2021 as the second single instead. Soulja Boy had been part of the Summerbeatz tour held in Australia alongside, Flo Rida, Jay Sean as well as Travie McCoy in November 2010.