Soulja Boy is an American Hip-Hop artist, rapper, producer, and actor who is best known for his singles like ‘Crank That,’ ‘Kiss Me Thru the Phone,’ ‘Pretty Boy Swag,’ ‘Turn My Swag On,’ and ‘Donk.’ His single sold over 3 million digital copies worldwide. He initially started his career through YouTube, which has over 420 million views today.
Soulja Boy was born as DeAndre Cortez Way in 1990 on 28th July to Lisa Way and Tracy Way in Chicago. However, he was raised in Atlanta, where he moved when he was six years old. He also had a younger brother named Deion Jenkins. In 2011, his brother was unfortunately killed in a car crash.
He developed an interest in music at a very early age. At 14, he relocated to Batesville, with his father, who had a recording studio, where Soulja started experimenting with his music ambitions. Soulja Boy completed his schooling from South Panola High School. He took part in several of his school extra circular activities, which helped him get rid of his stage fright.
In 2005, he started posting the songs that he made in his father’s studio on SoundClick. Following positive feedback from his followers, he also created a Myspace and YouTube account. Soulja Boy instantly skyrocketed to fame with the release of his first studio album ‘Crank that’ in 2007. Since he has released dozens of more albums, some of which include ‘Unsigned and Still Major,’ ‘Souljaboytellem.com,’ ‘iSouljaBoyTellem,’ ‘All Black,’ ‘The Gold,’ ‘King Soulja 4’, ‘Better Late Than Never,’ ‘Super Dope,’ and ‘Loyalty.’
He has also worked with record labels like Interscope, Collipark, SODMG (Stacks on Deck Entertainment). He has worked with artists like Chief Keef, Chris Brown, Gucci Mane, Lil B, Mr. Collipark, Arab, and Bow Wow.
In 2008, Soulja released his own clothing line called ‘SOD clothing.’ This was followed by the launch of his shoe line ‘Yums.’ In 2012, he collaborated with designer D. Young and founded ‘Ocean Gang.’ Later the same year, he also launched ‘BLVD. Supply’.
Soulja Boy has also tried his hand in acting, doing movies like ‘Officer Down,’ ‘Soulja Boy: The Movie,’ ‘Malice N Wonderland,’ ‘What’s at Stake,’ ‘School Girls,’ and ‘YouTube Life.’ Soulja Boy also enjoys a fan following 4 million followers on his Instagram account, where he can be seen promoting his clothes, merchandise, and songs.
Awards & Achievements
Soulja Boy has been nominated for several prestigious music awards like 4 ‘Teen Choice Awards,’ ‘Grammy Award,’ 2 ‘Ozone Award,’ 3 ‘BET Award,’ and ‘Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards.’ He won 2007 ‘Ozone Award for Patiently Waiting: Mississippi’ and 2007 ‘BET Hip-Hop Award for Best Hip-Hop Dance.’
Net Worth & Salary of Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy has an estimated net worth of more than $35 million. He makes millions through his record deals. However, he has also proved himself as a businessman who has invested in so many clothing lines, which provide him with a regular source of income. His touring and acting endeavors also help him making some extra money.
Soulja Boy is often considered as the one-hit-wonder of the American music industry, which is only popular because of his debut album. However, people seem to give him credit for his business tactics. Despite not making millions of record sales, he has established a net worth of $30 million through his smart business tactics and investments. We just hope that he can repeat what he did with his first album and record and force everyone to buy his record.