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Soulja Boy 961

AKA: Young Draco

About Soulja Boy

Soulja Boy is a rapper, producer, and social media influencer born in Chicago, Illinois and raised in Atlanta, Georgia whose 2007 song “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for seven non-consecutive weeks.

At 15 years old, Soulja began uploading songs to SoundClick and eventually moved to YouTube and MySpace. By March 2007, he came up with the concept behind “Crank That” and uploaded the song—and a video of its accompanying dance—online. Two months later, in May 2007, “Crank That” started to go viral. He signed to Interscope Records in the same month. By October, his major label debut album Souljaboytellem.com was released and peaked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200. But critics quickly blasted his simplistic lyrics and unorthodox flows, questioning whether or not he’d just be a one-hit wonder.

“Crank That” earned him a Grammy nom and he saw future success with the songs “Kiss Me Thru the Phone,” “Turn My Swag On,” “Pretty Boy Swag.” He’s continued to release mixtape after mixtape, left Interscope, signed to YMCMB, then Universal Music Group and eventually launched own label Stacks on Deck Entertainment.

In 2016, Soulja Boy announced that he signed a $400 million deal with World Poker Fund Holdings.