Soulja Boy: ‘I Always Knew I Was Going to Get the Last Laugh’
Back then they didn’t want him, now he’s hot they all on him. After being dismissed as a one-hit wonder, Soulja Boy Tell’em has a few words for the haters.
Following 2007’s monster hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” critics and peers wrote off the 18-year-old rapper-producer as a flash in the pan. But everything started changing once “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and “Turn My Swag On” became one of the top 10 songs on urban radio.
“When I went into the studio to record my second album, everybody wanted to see me fail,” Soulja Boy told the Los Angeles Times. “At this point, I’m thinking: ‘I’m not going to do it to prove them wrong. I’m going to do it for myself, for my fans, for history—period. People are saying I’m the new MC Hammer? That’s not me.’”
The young MC has since been fielding collaboration requests from Usher, Lil Jon, Keri Hilson, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, R. Kelly, and Jamie Foxx. “After the first album, I’m not going to lie, there was no artists that reached out,” he said. “Now I have more hits, more rank and pull. Everything is changing.”
Despite the hateration, Soulja Boy always knew he would prevail. “I always knew I was going to get the last laugh.”
Rapper Soulja Boy arrested after allegedly fleeing police
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- Atlanta rapper DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em or just Soulja Boy, was charged with obstruction after running from police despite an order to stop, a police spokesman said Friday.
The 19-year-old singer was among a large group that had gathered at a home in Stockbridge, 20 miles south of Atlanta, said Henry County, Georgia, police Capt. Jason Bolton.
Way was arrested Wednesday night along with another man, Bolton said. Police said Way left jail Thursday after posting a $550 bond.
Bolton said officers responded to a complaint about a group of youths milling around the house, which appeared to be abandoned. When police arrived, they saw about 40 people. Half of them ran away, including Way, Bolton said.
The ones who remained told officers they were at the home to film a video. Way was arrested when he returned to the house to get his car, Bolton said. He said the house was dark inside and looked abandoned.
"He just ran from the police, and then he decided to come back," according to Bolton.
The second man who returned for his vehicle was arrested after police found eight $100 counterfeit bills inside, according to the officer.
Way broke into the music scene two years ago with his hit "Crank That (Soulja Boy)." The rapper also describes himself as a producer and entrepreneur.
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