Who is Soulja Boy?
DeAndre Cortez Way is an American rapper, who was born on 28 July 1990 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. Under his artistic name “Soulja Boy, he is known as a singer, but is also a record producer, actor and an entrepreneur.
When he was really young, he moved to Atlanta, where his first contact with rap music and music in general. He became interested in rap music at the age of six, and a few years later he moved again to Mississippi where his father found out that he was passionate about music, and decided to build him a studio so he could extend further his passion for music. His first song was posted on the website called SoundClick by his father in 2006, and after getting good reviews by listeners, he opened YouTube and MySpace accounts. His first big hit was “Crank That” which he made on a poor quality camera and a low budget, and after this song his first album came out called “Unsigned & Still Major: Da Album Before da Album.” Later on in that same year, he signed a contract with Interscope Records.
At the beginning of 2007 his second album was released, named “souljaboytellem.com.” It was an absolute hit, reaching number four on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and after all of the success he had in the year before, his 2008 song was a number one hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 and Hot RingMasters charts. He was nominated for the best hip hop song of the year, but unfortunately lost to T-pain and Kanye West’s song – “Good life”. Some of the following albums he dropped were not so successful, with his third album called “The DeAndre Way” the lowest selling album to date. In both 2007 and 2008 published a lot of mixtapes, and continued to do so after his least unsuccessful album. Some of his most famous mixtapes are “Smooky”, “Dat Piff”, “Cortez”, “Young & Flexin”, and “LOUD”. He continues to make mixtapes today, but he has also published several singles.
As with any other singer, Soulja Boy has an impressive net worth, including several deals for companies to advertise them. Some sources say that he made a contract with the World Poker Fund Holdings and that contract was worth about $400 million. He has made a lot of money from his albums – in 2007 on his first album he made around $7 million. Today his net worth is estimated at $30 million, and that number will probably be higher in the future.
There is not much about his family as he keeps his private life a secret. His half-brother died in a car accident in 2011, being a passenger and Soulja Boy mourned him for a long time afterwards. He also has an older brother. His mother’s name is Lisa Way and his dad’s name is Tracy Way. In the years before he didn’t have a girlfriend, but some sources say that he dated Blac Chyna although they had broken up, and he is currently dating a model called Tiona Fernan.
Arrested for violating his probation
Soulja Boy was arrested in March 2019, after he violated his probation. In 2014, he was charged with carrying a loaded firearm in public and was sentenced to two years of probation. When the police raided his home in 2016 they found an illegal firearm, with Bow Wow in a Lamborghini race these two organized. He posted a video on YouTube of him racing Bow Wow in downtown L.A., but hasn’t been arrested or charged with anything.
Soulja Boy likes to show off his private life. With the amount of money he earns, he certainly likes to live lavish. Of course, he likes to spend it on a lot of luxurious things. He currently owns a $5 million mansion and a Bentley, McLaren and more cars which are also worth millions of dollars. He is a big fan of jewelry and gold chains and has a lot of gold on his body. He has a $250,000 Rolex watch. He likes to play a lot of video games and even sometimes streams himself playing them. He is the CEO of souljastore and sbeezylights.
Tell ya ??♂️???? pic.twitter.com/hdyR5X4FZW
— Soulja Boy (Drako) (@souljaboy) March 29, 2019
He has Twitter and Instagram profiles which both have over eight million followers, and on which h posts a lot of items such as pictures of himself, his cars, or just information about his shows and concerts.