Southern rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em recently opened up about his days before reaching hip-hop stardom and how his father made sure his son was drug-free growing up.
According to Soulja Boy, he was cautioned about drugs at the age of 14.
“My Dad was on me heavy about drugs,” remembers Soulja, slumped on a red two-seater couch, staring straight ahead at nothing in particular. “He found a little sack in my bedroom, but it wasn’t from drugs. They came from some earrings that I bought. He and my stepmother kept asking if I do drugs. So I finally just said, ‘Look, I rap. I’ma be a famous rapper. My name’s Soulja Boy.’ And started showing them everything I was doing on the Internet– my MySpace page and everything.” (VIBE)
Over the summer, celebrity groupie Kat Stacks accused the 20 year-old of being addicted to cocaine.
“What up y’all, this Kat Stacks b*tch,” Stacks said in a bathrobe recording herself. “Can’t really speak loud right now because Soulja Boy’s in the shower. Anyway though, I’m here at the motherf*cking hotel, at the Intercontinental Buckhead in Atlanta right across the street from Soulja Boy’s condo. Anyway, I been here kicking it with this motherf*cker. Yo, this motherf*cker is a motherf*cking coke head. This motherf*cker’s been doing dope all motherf*cking day. That’s why n*gga can’t f*ck me right. I f*cked this n*gga three times. The first two times he came in five seconds, the third time he couldn’t get hard and the n*gga still came. This n*gga’s a motherf*cking coke head yo. Yo, check this out yo. Look at this sh*t man, this n*gga’s a motherf*cking coke head yo. It’s funny as h*ll.” (World Star Hip Hop)
While initially low key about the situation, Soulja Boy later denied the claims.
“Man, from the whole situation, I learned that one, you gotta watch who you associate yourself with once you become a celebrity,” Soulja Boy told radio host Funkmaster Flex. “Two, everybody don’t have your best interest at heart, and three, it’s just crazy being a celebrity, period. A rumor or source can go crazy on your name and that’s just something that’s been like, ‘Wow.’ I’ve been a celebrity for like, what, three years and this was just one of the craziest things that just had my name all out in the media, so, I don’t know. It’s not true, at all, 100 percent. We can go ahead and put that on the radio or wherever you want to put it at. What she said is not true at all. And just to all my fans that’s waiting on my album, I want to make that clear. I was set-up. I was framed. And right now, we in a good position because we moved past that and all my fans still rocking with me and they seen past it. But, for anybody that ain’t seen past it, I’m making it clear right now that it was all a lie.” (Hot 97)
Recently, Soulja Boy talked about being a young rap star and having to deal with media gossip.
“To be honest with you, sometimes when you sit and think about it, it can get scary,” Soulja Boy admitted. “You know what I mean? It’s like the media can create a lie and sway, like, 80 percent of the general population to believe it. And there’s really not anything I can do about it but deny it and denounce it — but when you got them pushing forward and just steady trying to embed in people’s heads, there’s nothing you can do about it…You know what I’m saying? You see me on the BET red carpet. You see me doing my thing. You see me staying consistent with the music, staying with working with bigger and better artists in hip hop. I think that speaks for itself.” (MTV)
Check out Soulja Boy speaking on Kat Stacks below: