Teen rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em recently explained how he wound up at T.I.’s farewell concert last month and how he plans to pass both Barack Obama and Diddy on Twitter.
Despite Diddy’s one million followers, Soulja Boy discussed a “secret” he had to outshine the Bad Boy CEO’s Twitter page.
“Yeah man, you know, T.I. called me and told me he wanted me to come through before he went in [to prison],” Soulja Boy explained in an interview. “I said no problem, you feel me? I was in Atlanta, came through to the Philips Arena, you know there was like 19,000 to 20,000 people there…I got a trick up my sleeve [for Twitter]. I’ma pass Diddy, Ashton Kutcher and Barack Obama. I got a trick up my sleeve, y’all gonna see me all on the news, ‘Soulja Boy with the history-breaking Twitter. Oh my god.’ We just gonna let ‘em call it a miracle, ‘How did he do it?'” (Radio Planet)
Tip gave his farewell concert just days before beginning a 366-day prison sentence last week.
T.I. told fans he would stay optimistic when he heads to prison on a federal weapons conviction. The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Clifford J. Harris Jr., performed for a packed audience Sunday (May 24) night in Atlanta’s Philips Arena less than two days before he is to begin serving the sentence of a year and a day. “I’m going to stand up tall, head up high,” he said. “Thank you for all of your support.” Many in the packed crowd held up encouraging signs, like one reading “T.I. We Will Miss U!” (Associated Press)
Soulja has been known to receive praise from rap stars including Kanye West and Scarface.
“I think the Internet is what’s wrong with rap right now,” he explained. “Because it’s no way to filter garbage. You say some dumb-a** sh*t, and you get a million hits on your Web site…And Soulja Boy is not included…He getting money and he’s my son’s age. I like the way he do it. I think he got the potential to be the next Russell [Simmons]. I’m giving him some big-a** shoes to stand beside but if that kid really focus on finding talent and marketing that sh*t like he is now at f*cking 18, 19-years-old, I ain’t mad at it…Dre [is the best producer] in the f*cking world. Like, I was listening to a track in this movie War and it was just an instrumental. The f*cking track was man who can f*ck with it? I mean the man releases a record every eight or nine years. This is how you rate the producers: staying power. Everything that he’s ever touched was some big sh*t.” (Vibe)
He recently described his aim to make a “classic” hip-hop album.
“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)
A release date for The DeAndre Way has not yet been announced.
Check out Soulja Boy’s interview below: