Born In: Chicago
Soulja Boy, is the nick name of DeAndre Cortez Way, an American rapper and record producer. He has to his credit several singles, mixtapes and albums. An ambitious artist and a seasoned businessman, Soulja Boy’s career in music started early when as a young boy, he relocated to Mississippi, and his father provided him a recording studio. Therein, the young entertainer found all the various connections to pursue a musical career seriously. After successfully promoting his music online in 2004, and establishing his Stacks on Deck Entertainment label, he moved back to Atlanta to pursue industry leads and started doing live performances. In September 2007, his debut single ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’ peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single later became a number-one hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks. As of January 2017, he has released three studio albums and one independent album. His debut studio album was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Also Known As: DeAndre Cortez Way, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, simply Soulja Boy
father: Tracy Way
siblings: Deion Jenkins
Born Country: United States
City: Chicago, Illinois
U.S. State: Illinois
Soulja Boy was born as DeAndre Cortez Way on July 28, 1990, in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Along with his family, young Way moved to Atlanta at the age of 6.
A fascination for music propelled Way to embark on a musical career. Giving wings to explore his musical ambitions, his father provided him with a recording studio in Batesville, Mississippi at the age of fourteen.
Soulja Boy’s early breakthrough in music came through web. He had posted a song on the site SoundClick in November 2005, that met with a positive response. This propelled him to establish accounts on YouTube and Myspace for his musical endeavours.
His debut album came in on March 2007, titled ‘Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album’. Its song, ‘Crank That’ received its first airplay in May 2007. It peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts and was even used on the television series ‘Entourage’. Following the success of the single, he inked a deal with Interscope Records.
On October 2007, Soulja Boy’s major label debut album, ‘Souljaboytellem.com’ was released. It peaked at number four on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. A follow-up of it came in on December 2008, as ‘iSouljaBoyTellem’. The second studio album was negatively received.
Soulja Boy’s mixtape releases continued in 2014, as he came up with ‘King Soulja 2’ in March. He followed this up with his first digital album ‘Super Dope’. Next, he penned and featured on Nicki Minaj's promotional single ‘Yasss Bish’, which received positive reviews from music critics.
In 2015, Soulja Boy released his fourth studio album ‘Loyalty’. In addition to this, he released singles, mixtapes and a digital album. He followed it up with the single ‘Whippin My Wrist’ that charted at number 48 on Billboard trending 140. He then released several mixtapes including ‘Swag The Mixtape’, ‘25 The Movie’ and ‘M & M: Money and Music’. In July, he came up with his digital album ‘King Soulja 4’
Year 2016, saw the release of Soulja Boy’s fifth and sixth digital albums in addition to numerous mixtapes, singles and videos. While ‘Stack on Deck’ was his fifth digital album, ‘Better Late Than Never’ was his sixth digital album. He released several singles including ‘Drop The Top’, ‘Stephen Curry’, ‘Day One’, ‘Rockstar’, ‘Max Payne’, ‘Hit Them Folks’ and ‘I'm Up Now’ and mixtapes ‘Finesse EP’, ‘King Soulja 5’, ‘S. Beezy 2’, ‘King Soulja 6’ and ‘Ignorant Shit’.
Several albums and mixtapes old, Soulja Boy’s best bit, however, came with his debut single released in September 2007, titled ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’. It peaked at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The single became a number-one hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks. His debut studio album ‘Souljaboytellem.com’ was also a success, peaking at number four on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
Soulja has an elder brother. In 2011, his younger brother named Deion Jenkins died in an auto collision.
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