Soulja Boy is the stage name of American rapper, music producer, entrepreneur and indeed all-round music mogul DeAndre Cortez Way. He was born on July 28, 1990, in Chicago; showed interest in music at a young age and at the age of 14, his father built him a music studio where he could put his musical talent to use.
Soulja Boy started out publishing his music on the music streaming website “SoundClick” in 2005. Due to the positive feedback he received, he was encouraged to create his own YouTube and MySpace accounts where he shared his songs and videos.
The rapper released his self-produced debut single Crank That (Soulja Boy) on May 2, 2007. Riding on the wide reach of the internet, the song became a sensation and made it to the top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. It was equally nominated for a Grammy award for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards.
Apart from being a huge commercial success, Soulja Boy’s Crank That equally set the pace for what has become a new trend of digital music marketing as the single became the first to reach 3 million online downloads in the US.
The rapper released his first major album Souljaboytellem.com on October 2, 2007, which had the hit single Crank That. The album was certified multi-platinum and made it to No 4 on the US Billboard 200. Critics had written Soulja Boy off as a one-hit wonder, but he proved them wrong when he released a follow-up iSouljaBoyTellem in 2008. The latter album didn’t turn out as successful as the former but it boasted of hit singles such as Kiss Me Thru the Phone and Turn My Swag On.
Net Worth, House
Between his career as a rapper, producer and entrepreneur, Soulja Boy has his hands quite full. His net worth is currently put at $30 million. Here is an insight into how he made it happen.
In 2007, a few months shy of his 17th birthday, Soulja Boy released his debut single Crank That (Soulja Boy). Not only did that single top the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 7 weeks, it also made a huge commercial success. The Atlanta born rapper followed it up with 2 successful albums and by 2010, he made the Forbes list of hip-hop top earners, having made a fortune of $6 million that year.
Even though he has not had a repeat of the initial success he enjoyed, Soulja Boy has remained consistent. In 2008, he launched his clothing line ‘S.O.D clothing’ and the popular shoe line ‘Yums.’ As a producer, he has worked with A-listers such as Diddy, 50 Cent, Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj.
Soulja Boy currently resides in a luxurious penthouse in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles. Apparently, the house does not belong to him as he only has it on a lease. However, the social media savvy rapper had claimed that he actually purchased the house for $6 million. Reports later surfaced that even though the house had been put up for sale, Soulja Boy didn’t buy it, he only rented it. The rapper, however, stuck to his guns and insisted he indeed purchased the house.
Is Soulja Boy Gay?
The Atlanta-born rapper has never admitted to being interested in men. Also, going by his previous relationships, he seems to like women. Therefore, to the best of our knowledge, Soulja Boy is straight.
However, the rapper got caught up in a feud between actress Vivica Fox and her ex 50 Cent. Referring to an old XXL magazine cover which had 50 Cent and Soulja Boy on it, Fox admitted that the cover photo appeared as though 50 Cent was gay. The actress later apologised to Soulja Boy stating that she had only intended to spite her ex and didn’t mean to involve him in their feud.
For one who got rich and famous at a pretty young age, Soulja Boy has had more than his fair share of relationships. However, it seems that the rapper is single at the moment as his last public relationship ended in 2016.
He was in a relationship with Nia Riley, daughter of Grammy Award-winning producer Teddy Riley. Theirs was an on-and-off relationship which lasted from 2014 to 2016. The couple also featured on the reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. The two have a child together, a daughter named Kamyrn. Ever since their bitter split in 2016, there has been no love lost between the two former lovers.
Prior to his relationship with Nia Riley, Soulja Boy has been linked with a host of other women including India Westbrook, Nastassia Smith, Karrine Steffans, Lil Mama Kirkland Niatia, Irene The Dream, Diamond, Teyana Taylor, Meagan Good, Trina, and Keri Hilson. He is also rumoured to have been engaged to Dominican glamour model Rosa Acosta.
Is Soulja Boy Dead?
From all indications, the Kiss Me Thru the Phone hitmaker is very much alive and well. Soulja Boy has the internet to thank for bringing him to the spotlight, however, the internet has not always been kind to the rapper.
Most celebrities fall victim to death hoaxes a few times, but the internet savvy Soulja Boy has had more than his fair share of the false death rumours. The hashtag, #RIPSouljaBoy has trended on Twitter on several occasions; October 2011, February 2012 and June 2014. Giving the frequent occurrence of the death hoaxes, it would be wise to receive any such information with a pinch of salt.
Height and Weight
Height: 5′ 9″ or 175 cm
Weight: 148 lbs / 67 kg
Chest: 37 inches
Biceps: 13.5 inches
Waist: 30 inches
Shoe Size: 9 (US)