"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 has released three albums over the past four years, Souljaboytellem.com
, 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. Recent theories have deduced that the entirety of Soulja Boy may be a Stealth Parody
Despite still garnering radio play, sales for his albums have sunk dramatically. 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 provides examples of:
- Angrish: "Yahhh!"
- Bishōnen: Go ask him
- Catch Phrase: "SOULJA BOY TELL 'EM!"
- Cowboy Bebop at His Computer: "Anime" includes lines like "Lookin' like Death Note" after repeating that line in reference to different Dragon Ball characters.
- 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.
- 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!
- One of Us: He likes Death Note and Dragon Ball Z. He made a song sampling Near's theme and made songs named "Anime" and "Goku". He also likes Naruto, Afro Samurai, Case Closed, and Cowboy Bebop according to his Twitter.
- 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).
- 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.
- And in the counter-fire, Lupe Fiasco: "Soulja call it super-Lupe-lyrical/You can't understand me, nor mimic my miracles. All I see is me and I'm a mother-loving-mirrorfull(fool)"
- And in the same song: "Game Over.Body parts."
- Two Hit Wonder: Many people wished — no, prayed that "Crank That" would be his only hit, but "Kiss Me Thru The Phone" came along and was a hit as well.
- He had two other top 40 hits, though. "Soulja Girl" entered the top 40 while "Crank That" was still at the top of the charts, but this song is quite forgotten now. "Turn My Swag On" was memorable enough to be covered by Cher Lloyd on The X Factor
- You Exclamation: In the beginning of "Crank That".