Soulja Boy is among the brightest stars of American hip-hop universe. He is also popularly known as Soulja Boy Tell ‘Em. He is a top-notch rapper and an accomplished record producer. His real name is DeAndre Cortez Way but is generally known by his stage name. He is also a successful entrepreneur and a popular actor. Since the success from his 2007 single called Crank That, he has proved himself to be one of the most influential artists in American hip hop industry. The talented hip-hop artist was born on July 28, 1990.
Soulja Boy is recently 24 years in age with a height of 5 feet 9 inch.
In his early years, Soulja Boy lived in Atlanta and Mississippi but is originally from Chicago. When he was 14, his father helped him cultivate his interest in music by introducing him to a recording studio. He was drawn to hip hop music after he relocated to Atlanta when he was six years old. The rapper since then has made huge progress and is frequently a hot topic in media. He is regularly seen in headlines because of his volatile relationship with his girlfriend named Nia Riley. He is reported to be helping her raise a daughter from her former relationship. The couple has been dating for a long time now and allegedly the relationship is in trouble because of reported claims of infidelity from the rapper’s side. He is said to have cheated on his current girlfriend with a transgender model Sidney Starr. His previous relationship with hip hop artist, Diamond, has also seen its share of media scrutiny. Diamond claimed that he was the father of her child but after the DNA tests it was proved to be a hoax.
Some rumors spread over the market that Soulja Boy is a gay but it’s not true in the sense.
Soulja Boy made his online debut on SoundClick in 2005 and later became a popular artist on social media sites like Myspace and YouTube. His first hit single Crank That was released individually in 2007 that shot to the first spot on Billboard Hot 100 in the US. He was signed by Interscope Records in late 2007. His album titled Souljaboytellem.com was released later that year. The album went platinum in the US and was a massive commercial success. He followed up the debut with iSouljaBoyTellem in 2008 but was not able to match the success of his first album. Kiss Me Thru the Phone from this album peaked at three. Another single from this album, Turn My Swag On, has sold over a million copies online since its release in 2009. His following album was called The DeAndre Way which contained songs like Pretty Boy Swag, Speakers Going Hammer and Blowing Me Kisses and was released in 2010. In 2011, he released multiple mixtapes such as Smooky, The Last Crown, Supreme, Skate Boy and Gold on Deck. King Soulja 2 and Super Dope were released as mixtapes in 2014 and another mixtape titled King Soulja 3 has been expected to be released soon which will have featuring contributions from Wiz Khalifa, Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Drake and Migos. In addition to putting out his own music, he is also responsible for producing many other songs for fellow hip-hop artists like V.I.C., Bow Wow, 50 cent, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne. He has been on television for many shows like The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Access Granted, When I Was 17, Lopez Tonight and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. He is also one of the lead stars on Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. Throughout his music career, Soulja Boy has been nominated for several awards such as BET Awards, Ozone Awards, Teen Choice Awards and his song Crank That was a Grammy nominated song in 2008. Presently he has a net worth equal to $25 million.
In addition to a thriving music career, the rapper is also following his interests in fashion designing. In 2008, he released a line of clothing and a well-known shoe brand, Yums. He collaborated with D.Young to design Ocean Gang in 2012. That year, he also launched BLVD.
American hip-hop artist, Soulja Boy is one of the most recognized rappers of the industry. Following the success of his first single in 2007, he has proved to be a talented rapper and a thriving record producer. Although facing a few troubles with the law, he has been able to keep his image intact among his loving fans. He remains to be a great influence in the American hip-hop industry.