Soulja Boy Wants To Claim The Top Spot In Hip-Hop
Now, you’ve got “We Made It.” Do you see yourself making a video for it?
We gonna make a video for sure. Video is coming. The treatment is crazy. It’s coming for sure. I think people are going to like it, man. I’m just turning up. I am just doing me. Drake, that’s the homie. People really like that record. Everywhere I go, they play it. Everywhere, it is getting bigger than I thought it was going to be. You gotta catch up to it.
The crazy thing is it was a mixtape cut and Drake hopped on the remix.
You know, we shake the industry up. That’s what we do man. We shake the industry up. I just like to make the music. I ain’t gonna lie, when I first heard the record though, I sat down. I was looking down and I heard the beat. And I was like, “Nigga we made it! Nigga we made it!” They was like, “Bruh, that’s crazy Soulja. This shit crazy.” I put it out. Drake called me the next day. “Soulja, bruh, what the fuck? This shit crazy.” I’m like, “Alright.” He like, “Man, we got one.” I’m like, “Let’s do it.” And the next day we just getting it in. I just like to make good music.
Some people say Soulja Boy isn’t relevant anymore. How do you deal with them putting you down?
I’ve been dealing with them my whole career. They been hating on me ever since I came out when I was 17. I’ve been dealing with it. They not relevant. Who are they? You know what I’m saying? I just feel like I’ve been dealing with that since I was a young Soulja. I’m used to it, man. Fuck ‘em. I’m just gonna do me. Do me, bruh. That’s it.
You recently spent time in jail and just got out. Did you reflect on anything? Has your mentality changed when you’re making music?
Yeah, it [has]. I feel like, I ain’t gonna say I was mad, but I just felt like, I don’t know. I feel like it shouldn’t happen to me. I got a lot going on with me; I’m just trying to focus and just do me. I don’t know, man! It is what it is, though. I respect the law and all that shit. It is what it is. I don’t care. I’m all good now though. Gucci.
After having such a strong social media presence all these years, what’s your secret to keeping your name out there?
What’s my secret is just, I really like what I do. I like making music. I like swagging. I like shooting videos. I want to be the best rapper. Really. Deep down. As much as niggas hate on me and talk shit, I still come out with the hits. I still make the hardest beats. I drop a video all the time. I always have people talking about me. I always rock. My secret is, I really want this shit. You know what I am saying? A lot of rappers , they be in this position, they don’t really want this shit. I really want that shit. I want [the] top spot. I had the No. 1 song hella times. I want to be the best.
What are you working for now?
I want another platinum album. I want another diamond album. I want a Grammy. I want a collab with Jay Z. I want a collab with Rihanna. Me and Wayne turnt up. Me and Drake turnt up. Me and 50 turnt up. I turned up with a lot of niggas man. Migos is my bros, we got a lot of new shit that’ll kill they ass. What I’m working for right now man is the next spot. I want to be in this shit—how many more years do I got left? 20? 30? Good 20-30 in the game? I’m 23, I ain’t gonna be rapping when I am 40. I’ma stop at, like, 30-something. Retire at 29 or some shit. I feel like once I’m 30—“OK, I’m going to own a corporation or some shit.”