Here’s a Timeline of Soulja Boy’s Most Notorious Beefs
When the topic of beef is broached in hip-hop, names like Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent and The Game will often pop up, but after a tumultuous 2016, Soulja Boy can now safely add his name to that list. Since first hitting it big in 2007 with his "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" single, which would go on to be certified diamond by the RIAA, Soulja Boy has managed to defy his detractors and outlast more talented lyricists with a continuous string of hits, becoming one of the more improbable success stories in hip-hop of the past decade. But in addition to building a reputation as a teenage phenom with plenty of business savvy, Soulja was also perceived as everything that was wrong with rap music and a representation of where the culture was headed, causing friction between himself and elder statesmen in the game.
However, Soulja Boy would hold his own in many of these instances, flipping the script and proving to be adept at handling himself when put in the hot seat, a position he would find himself in numerous times throughout the years. In addition to battling critics of his musical style and lack of lyricism, Soulja would engage in war with fellow new artists as well, with the beefs sometimes getting out of hand and bordering on dangerous. Multiple instances of violent threats and bounties have littered his beefs, which Soulja Boy clearly explained when telling a recent story about the time he shot a man during an attempted invasion of his home in 2009. The tale has commanded fans and critics' attention, culminating in the Soulja Boy Challenge, which has taken over the internet.
Last year, Soulja Boy emerged as public enemy No. 1, targeting the likes of Lil Yachty and Quavo. As soon as 2017 began, he didn't waste any time beefing with Chris Brown. We've dug deep into Soulja Boy's history to compile a timeline of the rapper's most notorious beefs to date.