"SOULJA BOY TELL 'EM!"Ahh, Soulja Boy. He tells 'em.Soulja Boy (also known as Soulja Boy Tellem, Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, and S. Beezy) is a rapper. His quality varies from person to person, but for most people he is either completely revolting or hilariously awesome.He released three albums between 2007 and 2010, Souljaboytellem.com, iSouljaBoyTellem, and The DeAndre Way. If you think his third album has nothing to do with his name, you're wrong — His real name is DeAndre Way. His fourth album, Loyalty, was released in 2015. Some writers have speculated that the entirety of Soulja Boy might be a Stealth Parody.Despite still garnering radio play throughout his career, sales for his albums sunk dramatically relatively quickly. His first album was #4 in the US. His second was #43. His newest was #90!In 2010, Soulja Boy had an interview with hip-hop magazine, XXL. He stated that he wanted people to take him seriously, which everyone can understand...and then he decided to say that he didn't want to be "super-lyrical" like Lupe Fiasco (Soulja's polar opposite in both quality and content) so that people could actually understand what he's saying. Lupe laughed it off...then released S.L.R. (Super Lupe Raps) in which most people agree that he absolutely owns, then utterly destroys Soulja Boy. Soulja Boy is left to reply.
— Soulja Boy, every song he's ever made
Soulja Boy provides examples of:
- Angrish: "Yahhh!"
- Author Appeal: Money, swag and above all, himself.
- "Animé" is about his poorly researched affections regarding the titular medium.
- Catch Phrase: "SOULJA BOY TELL 'EM!"
- Dance Sensation: "Crank That" being the biggest example, followed by the chicken-scratch mimicing "Bird Walk".
- Don't Like, Don't Read: Subverted; despite dedicating a good fraction of his lyrics to lashing out at "haters", he has stated that he actually pays attention to and considers critical reviews of his albums.
- Garbage Post Kid: Supposedly, after he fell for a phishing scam, one managed to get ahold of his Myspace account and do rather unsavory things to it.
- Giftedly Bad
- Informed Obscenity: A Real Life version that caused major backlash against "Crank Dat". See below. The term it was supposed to mean was something so out there that nobody would ever figure that out unless they were told.
- Lyrical Dissonance: Subverted. The song "Crank Dat" was thought to feature a verse about a sex act, due to an urban legend. According to Soulja Boy, the song has no meaning. He found the urban legend rather disturbing.
- Lyrical Shoehorn
- Money Song: One of his most favorite things to rap about, aside from swag!
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Despite being lauded by many music enthusiasts as a moron, Soulja has exhibited a well-developed vocabulary, and even types with perfect spelling and grammar!
- Rage Quit: Soulja Boy challenged all of Xbox Live to "any" game, claiming to be the best gamer in the world... Except a little research would show that he's actually average, and that's if we're being nice. The ONLY challenge he accepted was from an MTV employee, which anyone who has ever played a video game will tell you was clearly fixed (Well, okay, not fixed in the way that you're probably thinking, the MTV employeee simply sucked even harder at video games).
- But it gets worse - The ScrewAttack team got word of this challenge, and responded with a challenge of their own - Soulja Boy would play four of the team members, one-on-one in four separate games. It took over two months for Soulja Boy to actually respond to the challenge, but immediately try to change the terms of his challenge to be team matches. ScrewAttack immediately called him out on it, reiterated their challenge & suggested that since they didn't trust him to actually fight them himself and expected him to just deny losing or blame the internet connection should it happen, Soulja Boy travel to SGC (ScrewAttack Gaming Convention) for the challenge. He promptly deleted the YouTube video featuring his acceptance of their challenge and never mentioned it again.
- He makes you pay to join his Xbox Live clan, where all you would get is the privilege of including the clan's initials in your Gamer Tag. Let's just repeat that - He makes you pay money to join his Xbox Live clan, where all you would get in return is the "privilege" of including the clan's initials in your Gamer Tag.
- Sampling: Of FL Studio's default samples. This makes it extremely easy for moderately talented musicians to almost completely re-create many of his songs.
- Small Name, Big Ego: On his now-defunct DeviantArt account, Soulja Boy announced plans to produce his own anime series... with him as the main character. And release it in October 2010 - only five months after he first wrote about it. Yeah, Artistic License - Film Production right there, SB.
- Stage Names: And God help us all, he won't let you forget it.
- Stuffy Old Songs About the Buttocks: "Donk" and its sequel, "Booty Got Swag (Donk part 2)".
- Take That!: "I don't want to be super-Lupe-Fiasco-lyrical with n*ggas not understanding what the fuck I'm talking about."
- "You!" Exclamation: In the beginning of "Crank That".