Soulja Boy

Q&A: Soulja Boy Talks Future Drake Collaborations, Reality Show & Advice To Justin Bieber

It has been nearly seven years since Soulja Boy had the streets flying like Superman with his viral smash "Crank Dat" but the pioneer of hip-hop's digital revolution is still on that viral tip.

With the release of Soulja’s grown man anthem "We Made It" featuring Drake rippling through the Internets (Cam'ron recently dropped his own version too), the Chicago spitter hopped on the phone with VIBE to discuss future collaborations with Drizzy, if a reality show is still in his future and his advice to Justin Bieber for handling worst behavior.—Megan Saad

VIBE: How did the Drake collaboration come about?
Soulja Boy: Basically I just had this mixtape idea called The King and I was doing a whole lot of different records, producing a lot of different records, working with a couple of different producers. So I did that record as an intro record to the whole project. Once I put it out, Drake heard it and then he called me. I was like ‘Yo wassup’ and he was like ‘Yo I heard this song you did and I want to get on it. Could you send me the beat? I wanna write to it. I’ve got a crazy idea for us.’ I was like ‘Yeah no problem,’ sent that over and that was it. We put it out and it just started going crazy.

How do you feel about folks saying it's more Drake's song than yours?
That’s just going to come with collaborating with people. I just feel like a lot of the people didn’t pay attention to the record because they were focused on my other songs. Once they heard the song, they thought it was a brand new record. Once they started playing it on the radio and once he started performing it, they thought it was more of his record. But I just feel like that’s because most people didn’t hear about The King project. It ain’t nothing bad, Drake is the homie, it ain’t nothing to me, I know I’ve got so many records. Once the video comes out and people see the visual, they’ll get a better look at it being a collaboration and not just his song.

When can we expect the video for "We Made It" to drop?
Yeah, y’all can look forward to it coming real soon. In the near future, we’re dropping it.

Are you planning to collaborate with Drake again in the future?
Yeah I think we’re going to do some more records. I’ve got a lot of different beats we’ve been going over, so I think me and him will drop some more stuff.

A while back your boo Diamond mentioned you two doing a reality show on The Breakfast Club, have you got any updates for us?
They came at me with offers. You right though I am coming out with a show, we still working on it. We’re working on it right now. It’ll be coming out soon.

What kind of show is it going to be? More like T.I. and Tiny’s show or like Love and Hip Hop?
It’s not really going to be like that because we ain’t really got no family. It’ll be more focused about us than that show.

You're no stranger to public scrutiny. What is your advice to Justin Bieber since he's always landing in trouble these days?
Being young and successful comes with a lot of stuff. Justin Bieber experienced a lot real fast for his age so he’s just trying to grow up and he’s growing up in front of the public with a lot to deal with. If I could tell him anything, I would say just stay focused and do whatever makes him happy. Just try to stay out of the media attention because that’s what they want. That’s all, but he’ll be good though.

Check out Soulja Boy's "We Made It" featuring Drake below and cop the King Soulja mixtape here.

From the Web

More on Vibe

Kevin Winter

Donnie McClurkin Sent To Hospital Following Car Accident

Gospel legend Donnie McClurkin couldn't be more grateful after surviving a car accident this past Wednesday (Dec. 12).

The "We Fall Down" singer was driving on the road in the earlier part of the day when he passed out and began weaving into traffic. He reportedly struck the middle concrete island.

Following the incident, he posted a selfie of him on the hospital bed in scrubs on Facebook. Along with the photo, he explained that he woke up from the accident with stitches on his left thumb, on top of having a sprained wrist, and hurt knee. His car was also completely totaled.

"I AM ALIVE!!!! Somewhat mangled, stitches on left thumb, sprained wrist, hurt knee, but I’m still here! God and two angels saved my life!," the Grammy-winning artist wrote.

He also mentioned that two "angels" pulled him out the car to safety and medical attention. "I owe them...I am still here by the grace of God! Thank you, Lord...thank you!" he added.

On Friday (Dec. 14), McClurkin posted to his Facebook page again, sharing several photos of his destroyed car. "This is the totaled car that two angels rescued me from ....after passing out while driving I don’t remember most of what happened a day and a half ago...but God," he wrote. "I overrode doctors and sisters advice and flew to KENYA today for ministry Saturday @ TWO RIVERS. and home on this Sunday to celebrate life."

In happier news, McClurkin also took time to plug in his new Christmas single titled "My Favorite Things." Check out McClurkin's posts on social media and stream his new song below.

READ MORE: Big K.R.I.T. Drops Surprise Gospel-Influenced 'Thrice X' EP

Continue Reading
Douglas Grundy

Nicki Minaj's Boyfriend Kenneth Petty Received 18 Violations During Prison Stint

Nicki Minaj's new boyfriend, Kenneth Petty has a very troubled past.

On Friday (Dec. 14), TMZ revealed court documents disclosing Petty's history of disciplinary actions while he was an inmate in New York for manslaughter from 2006 to 2013.

When he entered the correctional facility, he was reportedly written up for creating a disturbance. Later during his stint, he was hit with a slew of disciplinary actions following a series of violent actions that included fighting, making terroristic threats, and "disobeying a direct order."

In 2009, prison faculty placed him in solitary confinement for four months as part of being reprimanded for nine different violations. Petty lost privileges that included the usage of the inmate telephone service, recreational activity, and the prison canteen.

In addition to his prison violations, Petty is a convicted sex offender. At the age of 16, he was tried as an adult served a four-year sentence for attempted rape of a minor.

Petty, who hails from the same borough as Nicki, Queens, knew the platinum-selling rap star since she was a teenager. They dated for a short period years prior to reuniting.

Minaj posted various photos of her and Petty going on a vacation getaway earlier this month. Sources close to Minaj told the celebrity gossip website that the 36-year-old hip-hop artist is  "happier than she's been in years" with Petty.

 

View this post on Instagram

 

A post shared by Barbie® (@nickiminaj) on Dec 10, 2018 at 12:43pm PST

READ MORE: Nicki Minaj Plans To Sue 'Daily Mail' TV Host Jesse Palmer

Continue Reading
John Moore

Sandy Hook Elementary Evacuates After Bomb Threat On 6th Anniversary Of Mass Shooting

Sandy Hook Elementary School was reportedly forced to evacuate its students and administration on Friday (Dec. 14), after receiving a bomb threat, CNN reports. The incident occurred on the sixth anniversary of the school's tragic mass shooting.

Newtown, Connecticut Police Lt. Aaron Bahamonde stated that the threat didn't appear to be substantial, but they decided to  evacuate the facility as an extra precaution.

Bomb squads reportedly swept the school and surrounding area for explosive devices but did not discover anything on the property. They later concluded that there was no immediate threat. The school administration dismissed students and faculty for the rest of the day however, considering the previous incident.

As previously noted, Sandy Hook endured a horrific mass shooting on Dec. 14, 2012, in which 20-year-old Adam Lanza shot and killed 20 children between six and seven years old, as well as six adult, staff members.

Earlier this month, thousands of documents were released about Lanza that revealed his mental state and social status in the years leading up to the shooting.

The shooting is not believed to be in connection to the recent string of bomb scares around the nation that targeted major politicians including the former first families Barack and Michelle Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton.

Continue Reading

Top Stories