News: "Soulja Boy's Got Motherf*ckers Buying His Records. So He's Making Real Money."
Friday, Feb 17, 2012 9:14AM
Brooklyn rapper Uncle Murda recently offered his take on what signifies real hip-hop and how despite past criticism, Atlanta hip-hop artist Soulja Boy Tell Em's music should be taken seriously.
In Murda's perspective, as long as fans are supporting your music, there is nothing to worry about when it comes to critics.
"[Real hip-hop] is motherf*ckers that's being real to they self," Murda said in an interview. "You ain't gotta be a gangsta to make motherf*cking' hip-hop but that's just the life I'm into -- real hip-hop to me is just a motherf*cker rapping about the experience they go through in life. Soulja Boy - what he's doing is real hip-hop. He's got motherf*ckers buying his records, so he's making real money. I don't think he's getting fake money. Sh*t, if he's getting real money, it's real hip-hop and he's got an audience that wants to f*ck with this. They support him, he's got his audience so to him and his audience that's real hip-hop." (Real Hip Hop Daily)
Last fall, Soulja Boy credited himself for inspiring a select number of hip-hop artists.
"Drizzy [Drake]. Me and Drizzy. We definitely going to drop something. Definitely Busta Rhymes, Lil B," Soulja Boy said. "I mean there's artists out there, but its like, sh*t got dry in the last few years. N*ggas be trying to sound like me and sh*t. I listen to a hit, it's like 'Okay it's a hit, but it sounds like me.' ... Every time I do something they copy it," Soulja Boy said of competitors. "I mean its cool, it makes me bigger and sh*t. But it's just like... Once you do so much copying, I can't do me then." (Billboard)
When Soulja Boy's third solo album pushed just over 13,000 copies in 2010, the rap star admitted nearly quitting hip-hop.
"[I stopped Twittering when my sales came back because] I just needed to take a break. I needed to think about things. I needed to evaluate my camp and what was going on in my circle. I had to talk to my family, the label, and my management. I had a big talk with the big bruh 50 Cent. I'm going to forever thank 50 because he guided me. When I was at my lowest point in my career and I just felt like I ain't really want to do this music no more. I was like, 'Man, I'm still young. I made enough money.' My head was on a whole different radar, but he was like, 'Man, you tripping little bro. You've got to keep it going.'" (Complex)
In 2010, the rap millionaire talked about lauging off negative online criticism.
"When I see stuff like that it makes my ego get bigger. Because it's like, d*mn, all these people are focusing on me--whether it's good or it's bad. I know that my music's the sh*t. It's only a certain group of people pushing that negative energy, so for all the other people that's seeing it that f*ck with me, that makes them want to go harder for me. When I see stuff like that, I know it's going to lead all these people to my name, period. It's funny, but at the same time, it's promotion." (VIBE)
Check out Uncle Murda's interview below: