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It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since Soulja Boy supermaned onto the scene with his debut single and ridiculously oversized clothes in 2007. I can't lie, I'd forgotten all about until I heard 'Crank That' on one of my noughties playlists today.
The song spent seven weeks at the top of Billboard's Hot 100 charts and the rapper, who was 17 when it was released, became the youngest artist to write, perform and produce a No. 1 song in nearly 20 years.
It was literally everywhere at the time and you couldn't go to a club or a party without herds of people gathering to bounce back on their heels, ripple their hands, crank their wrists like motorcyclists, then lunge into a Superman pose. If those moves mean nothing to you and you've never actually done the dance, click here.
The song even received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards but, thankfully, it lost to Kanye West's 2007 hit, 'Good Life'.
Not only that, but the track became the first song ever to sell three million digital copies in the US and sold 5,080,000 downloads by February 2014 in the US. The young rapper also broke records by shifting more than five million ringtone downloads. Crazy. Well, it is considering the song was absolutely wank.
In October 2007, his first major label album Souljaboytellem.com was released and reached number four on the U.S. Billboard 200. It has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.
He then went on to release two other studio albums and one independent album along with a whole load of other music (nope, me neither) and produced songs such as 'Get Silly' by V.I.C, 'Marco Polo' by Bow Wow, and 'Wowzers', which appeared on Lil Wayne's 'I am not a Human Being' album.
In 2012, he was named by Forbes as one of the Hip-Hop cash kings.
So, I guess, what I'm trying to say is, he's been pretty successful and has clearly pocketed a shit load of money over the last 10 years. But how much is he worth in total now?
Well, according to The Richest, the 25-year-old has an estimated net worth of $30 million. Not bad going, eh? Not quite the figures he's been spouting off, though. Hopefully he's finally managed to afford some clothes that fit him.
You'll be sad to learn (I was) his birth name isn't actually Soulja Boy. That's a crying shame, I know. His real name is DeAndre Cortez Way. Still pretty gangsta to be fair.
Way was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta when he was six years old. When he reached 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father, who provided a recording studio. Alright for some.
However, despite him obviously having a pretty privileged upbringing, you can't take away the fact he's always had crazy ambition.
"In high school, I had this black composition notebook where I used to write down a list of goals: weekly goals, monthly ones, yearly ones, and one for my whole life," he said.
"In there I had: get a record deal; have a number one song; have a platinum album; get a shoe line and clothing line; invent a dance everyone would do; get my mom out the hood; even little things like get a real watch or do all my homework.
"One day, I left the notebook in class and this dude found it. He read it out loud in front of everybody when I wasn't there, trying to embarrass me. Mark my words, a year later, everything in that book had come true. I got the last laugh."
He's laughing all the way to the bank now!
Words by Sian Broderick
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