Teen rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em has promised his next album, The DeAndre Way, will become an instant platinum-certified release and dished out his aim to recruit artists like Kanye West and Lil Wayne for guest spots.
Along with guaranteeing impressive sales, Soulja Boy also said his third solo project would be a “classic.”
“Right now I’m in the studio making The DeAndre Way,” Soulja Boy explained in an interview. “And mark my words, this album will be a classic. A lot of people been sleeping on Soulja Boy for a long time, when I first came out with ‘Crank Dat’ it was so big, gimmicky and catchy it went five times platinum and a lot of people were stuck on it for a long time. They said I was garbage, they said I was a one-hit wonder. Now I came out with ‘Kiss Me Through The Phone,’ my second No. 1 single and I released ‘Turn My Swag On,’ my third No. 1 single and now I’m going into my third album. I got everybody’s ears open right now…Mark my words, this album will go platinum…I’m reaching out to hip-hop’s greatest…I wanna reach out to that top status. Your Jay-Z‘s, your Kanye’s and your Lil Wayne’s.” (MTV)
He recently discussed the motivation behind his forthcoming album.
“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)
Soulja Boy has also expressed his aim to capture a larger audience.
“I know all of the kids know who I am and all of the teenagers are like hipped to my music,” Soulja Boy explained in a recent interview. “I wanna be bigger than life…I want my music to be spread all over, you know. All ages…I want people to understand my story, like my life story of, like my story is really a one in a million like for me really coming from the ground all the way from the bottom to all the way to the top. Me basically, I’m really just a self-made millionaire because the way I got into the entertainment industry is different than everybody else for me using my Internet marketing abilities, from MySpace, to having over 70 million views on my MySpace page.” (My Fox News)
Having gone through rap battles with Charles Hamilton and Ice-T, the rapper recently spoke on his presence within hip-hop.
“You always gonna face different chapters that you go through in life, period, with whatever you’re doing,” he explained in an interview. “Haters come with every job and whatever you’re doing in life, so you just got to do what you do. I just outshined all my haters. I done had beef with a lot of different artists, I done had a lot of artists done had different opinions about my music but at the end of the day though, it’s gonna take a whole lot to stop me. I done ended a lot of n*ggas’ careers, you feel me? And before I get out the game, I’ma cause hell.” (Rolling Out TV)
Check out Soulja Boy’s interview below:
A release date for The DeAndre Way has not yet been released.