I interviewed Soulja Boy (who I'll just go ahead and call by his real name DeAndre Way) recently, and it was pretty wild. The Atlanta-based, teen millionaire rapper wore his colossal, eponymous pendant--which he says contains a hundred Gs of diamonds--and bragged about how all the big names in hip hop have been kissing his ass lately. No idea how much his chain is worth, but the latter claim actually holds up. Though in the wake of his gimmicky 2007 YouTube smash "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" no serious rappers would be caught dead collaborating with him, his most recent album iSouljaBoyTellem
is actually pretty good, and nowadays people like Lil Wayne, Fabolous and Young Jeezy are jumping on his remixes. Here are a few more wacky, quite possibly true tidbits from his life that he told me about.
He carries around a million in cash and stays strapped wherever he goes.
After he said that 1.1 million dollars in actual cash money was used in his "Turn My Swag On" video, I asked how one procures that amount of dead presidents. The Wells-Fargo counter? "That's how we roll, man," he says, adding that he had a million dollars with him at that very moment. I asked where, exactly, which is when he informed me that he also carries a gun, though he wouldn't show it to me.