Soulja Boy, born Deandre Cortez Way, is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, actor, and businessman. He rose to fame in 2007 when his debut single, Crank That, made history by selling over three million digital copies and downloads. Soulja has grown in his music career with several albums and mixtapes to his name.He is also a budding entrepreneur with a clothing line, shoe line, and a game console. The Illinois-native also acts on TV and in movies. His estimated worth as of 2022 is $ 30 million.
Short Bio of Soulja Boy
|Real Name||Deandre Cortez Way|
|Date of Birth||28 July 1990|
|Age||32 as of 2022|
|Birth Place||Chicago, Illinois|
|Profession||Rapper, Songwriter, Record Producer, Actor, Entrepreneur|
|Girlfriend||Not dating currently|
|Eye Color||Dark brown|
|Net worth||$30 million|
Soulja Boy was born in Chicago, Illinois to Tracy and Lisa Way, on July 28, 1990. He grew up in Chicago until he was six when he and his family moved to Atlanta, Georgia. While growing up in Georgia, Soulja developed a passion for music. He moved to Mississippi at age 14 alongside his father, who supported his musical dream by building him a home recording studio.
The rapper went to South Panola High School in Batesville, Mississippi. He was a straight-A student but his passion for music came between him and his education. In addition to financial instability and differences between his parents, he slowly drifted away from school. Another rapper, Young Kwon, helped him elevate his music skills and taught him how to make beats.
He later moved to another part of Mississippi with his father, leaving Kwon behind. He got together with rapper Arab and together they formed the 30/30 Boys hip hop band. They hired Miami Mike as their manager, started recording songs and posting them on SoundClick.
The Kiss Me Through The Phone rapper worked hard by recording more songs and posting them on YouTube and his website, Souljaboytellem.com. In 2007, he released Crank That, and soon the single started getting airplay. The jam rose to become one of his best performing tracks topping Billboard 100 and other charts.
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Soulja Boy has had a pretty successful musical career, and it all started with the success of his debut single, Crank That. This track sold over 3million copies despite being independently released. The rapper later released his first album, Unsigned But Still Major: Da Album Before Da Album, which had significant success, followed by a dance video for Crank That.
In 2007, he signed with Interscope Records under the mentorship of Mr. Collipark. His track, Crank That, was featured in the Entourage TV show and later rose to number I on US Billboard 100 songs. Other singles that have earned him huge success include Kiss Me Thru The Phone featuring Sammie, She Makes It Clap, Rick & Morty, Turn My Swag On, Pretty Boy Swag, and Sneaky Link 2.
Soulja Boy has several albums and mixtapes in his discography. The albums include
Unsigned and Still Major: Da Album Before Da Album- 2007
The Deandre Way-2010
King Soulja 3-2014
Big Draco- 2021
He has also released the following mixtapes in the span of his career:
The teen of the south-2008
Follow Me- Gangsta Grillz mixtape-2009
Gold and Deck-2011
The last crown- 2011
Soulja Boy and Young L- Mario & Domo Vs. The World-2012
King Soulja 2- 2014
S. Beezy- 2015
Stacks on Deck- 2016
Young Drako- 2018
Swag 2- 2018
Soulja Boy has appeared on several movies and TV shows, which has contributed to his $30 million net worth. The following is a list of Soulja Boy’s acts on television and film:
Soulja Boy: The animated series- 2009(only premiered one episode)
Soulja Boy: The Movie-2011
Deep in the game-2002
Officer down -2012
Marriage Boot Camp-2013
Love and Hip Hop Hollywood- since 2014
Soulja Boy is a hard-working entrepreneur with businesses in Los Angeles and Atlanta. The budding businessman has a clothing line, Stack on Deck Money Gang(SODMG), that deals in sweatpants, t-shirts, hats, hoodies, sweaters, joggers, and accessories.
The Love and Hip Hop Hollywood actor also capitalizes on endorsement deals and is a contract partner with clothing and apparel brands such as YUMS. YUMS is a Dallas-based company dealing in footwear, headwear, t-shirts, accessories, and more.
The 32-year old artist has also ventured into gaming. In 2016, he signed a $400 million influencer contract with World Poker Fund Holdings. He also launched his gaming console, SouljaGame, in 2018. Although he has had copyright infringement issues with Nintendo for their GameBoy console, the venture made him good money.
Soulja Boy has a flashy lifestyle, thanks to his fortune. He is always donning expensive accessories such as chains and rings. Soulja Boy also loves body ink and has several tattoos on his body. He recently shocked his fans when he removed his face tattoos but later explained he had them removed to ” avoid landing only gangsta roles on a film.”
The celebrated rapper loves expensive cars and has a collection of high-end rides, including a Lamborghini, Bentley Mulsanne, Audi R8, Bugatti, and Porsche 991. He also owns prestigious houses, a $6 million penthouse in Los Angeles and a $4.9 million mansion in Agoura Hills in Los Angeles.
Soulja Boy’s parents are divorced, and he has three siblings, John Way, Tracy Jenkins, and Deion Jenkins. His youngest half-brother Deion died in 2011 in a grisly car accident. He is not close with the rest of his siblings and has a strenuous relationship with his mother.
Soulja boy is currently single but has had a string of girlfriends since his teen years. The most notable one is Nia Riley, who accused him of assaulting her when she was pregnant for him.
Other of his ex-girlfriends include media personality Brittish Williams, Rosa Acosta, Teyana Taylor, Keri Hilson, Meagan Good, Trina, Lil Mama, Jenna Shea, Britanny Diamond, Nastassia Smith, India Westbrooks, Irene the Dream, Rubi Rose, and Mehgan James.
Soulja Boy has a slim physique. He stands to a height of 175 cm( 5 feet 7 inches) and weighs approximately 148 pounds( 67kgs). The rapper has dark brown eyes that sit well with his ebony skin and round face.
Soulja boy is worth a whopping $30 million and has several properties, assets, and valuables to his name. In 2010, he made the Forbes Hip Hop Cash Kings List after earning about $7 million from his music sales and tours.
The rapper is also quite influential with an Instagram following of about 6.6 million. Due to the large following, he gets numerous endorsement deals with companies such as Gucci, Yums, Atari, and World Poker Fund. According to reports, a single sponsored Instagram post earns him between $11,500 and $19,400.