News: Soulja Boy Eyes Major Collabos, "I Want Jay-Z & Eminem On The Album"
Wednesday, Sep 9, 2009 2:35PM
Soulja Boy Tell Em has opened up about wanting to snag a strong rap star line-up for his upcoming The DeAndre Way album including Eminem and Jay-Z.
Soulja Boy also said he was in high demand among mainstream artists searching for features.
"When I first came out, everybody was like 'F*ck Soulja Boy,' he explained in an interview. "And now everybody's calling me to get on their songs. I see the difference and I feel the difference. I got Kanye caling me, Jeezy caling me. I guess I'm in that circle now. I got a long, long, long way to go to get up there with [Lil] Wayne and Jay-Z. Look how much rank Jay-Z got, but look how long he in the game -- I want Jay-Z and Eminem on the album, but I don't think I'm in that circle yet because I can't just call Jay-Z like that. I can call Diddy and he can put a word in for me, but I just think that I gotta do work. Maybe after I put Wayne on this album and we make something historical, me and Kanye work together and make something historical, and me and Drake spit something hot as h*ll together, I think that's what's going to determine the future -- I think I have a better chance of getting Eminem on my album than Jay-Z. I don't know nothin' about Jay-Z, but I'm affiliated with Eminem 'cause we on the same label and I know a lot of people that know him." (Rap-Up)
Soulja Boy previously said he was producing tracks on the album alongside Kanye West.
"I know a million producers that are no-names, but they got hot beats," he said in an interview. "I will be going back in the lab to produce beats on this album, I really haven't produced since my second album, but I'm looking forward to doing a 50/50 split beat with Kanye West. I think that'll be hot because he's a great lyricist, but an awesome producer as well. I feel like I'm an awesome producer too, and both of us in the studio together at the same time can come out with a smash." (Radio Planet TV)
Speaking with radio personality Miss Info last June, the rapper detailed his aim to gather rap stars for his new solo project.
"I done worked with everybody that I wanna work with so far," Soulja Boy said in an interview. "But going into my third album, I already got Lil Wayne on deck. I just hollered at Kanye when I was in Cali[fornia]. Working with Snoop Dogg. Me and Kanye, it's just an honor to work with him. He done been in the game so many years even for him to be under Jay-Z. And if I get a chance to work with Jay-Z and Kanye that'd be crazy, way out on another level." (Miss Info)
He recently explained the motivation behind his forthcoming project..
"The concept [is] my way of thinking, my logic, my theory on a lot of things," he said in an interview. "It's basically my interpretation on life. I'ma tell life stories. I done seen a lot of things in my life. Just to be how young I am, 18 years old, I made my first million at 16. I'm a natural-born hustler. That's all I do is get money. No matter what situation I'm in, I'ma grind it out, I'ma get to the money, always think positive, always take care of my people, always take care of my family, and I'm gonna make good music. I can give a f*ck about haters. I ain't going nowhere but to the top." (Ace Showbiz)
Check out a recent Soulja Boy Tell Em interview below: