You may best know Soulja Boy for his 2007 single Crank That (Soulja Boy) and the accompanying dance routine – but you may not know he basically created one of music’s biggest rappers. Well, according to him, anyway. The 28-year-old rapper has claimed that he taught Drake everything he knows, accusing him of copying bars from his song Kiss Me Thru The Phone on Miss Me. In an interview with The Breakfast Club, Soulja Boy was peeved when Charlamagne Tha God suggested Meek Mill had a bigger comeback than him in 2018 because he had a feud with Drake. The rapper, real name DeAndre Coerz Way, said: ‘Drake? The n**** that got bodied by Pusha T? The n**** that’s hiding his kid from the world, but the world won’t hide from the kid. Aubrey Graham in the wheelchair? Drake?! Y’all n****s better stop playing with me in here. Y’all talking about the light-skinned n**** from “Degenerous”?’
(He meant Degrassi.) Soulja Boy continued: ‘Stop playing with me like I didn’t teach Drake everything he know. You didn’t hear Drake on his first song – [singing] “Tell me what’s really going on. Drizzy Drake back in this thing. I’m ready. What’s happenin’?” That’s Soulja! That’s my bar! He copied my whole fucking flow! Word-for-word! Bar-for-bar! ‘Don’t act like I didn’t make Drake. N****, don’t do that. I will son n****s in a heartbeat. Drake? Aubrey? The n**** who I made N**** We Made It with in 2014?’ As well as taking shots at Kanye West and Tyga throughout the interview, Soulja Boy complained that people are making millions off the type of music he was ridiculed for.
Ice-T once claimed the Turn My Swag On rapper was ‘killing hip-hop’, while Charles Hamilton said Soulja Boy was making it more difficult for artists to get signed. Soulja Boy said: ‘They love the new generation, I had to take them bullets. Everybody doing what I did. They laughed at me, they said I killed hip-hop, now they’re doing exactly what I did. ‘I’m the reason y’all are doing this, I’m the reason all these artists have social media. Y’all should thank me. Every artist in the game, all y’all record labels, y’all owe me 5% bro.’ Whether you agree with Soulja Boy or not, we at least have to give him props for the Turn My Swag On hook being incorporated into Beyonce’s Hold Up. And for giving us Cher Lloyd’s rendition of the Keri Hilson remix, obviously.