He's only been in the game two years, but [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy Tell'em[/artist] knows what it takes to maneuver in the music business. While on the road, he keeps a stack of mixtapes by people like OJ Da Juiceman, his friend Gucci Mane and Lil Wayne's Young Money crew member Drake. Soulja, too, has heard the tremendous buzz about [artist id="1283198"]Drake[/artist] in the industry and with fans. He sees that Drake has no other choice than to not drop the ball.
"What advice [would I give to Drake]? Just take it and run with it, man," Soulja said Wednesday in the MTV Newsroom. "I don't know if I really had that type of buzz around me coming into the game. I been hearing about Drake for a minute. You just hear it, like when people be gossiping like, 'Man, Drake the truth. He goes harder than Wayne, man.' I never really had that. Look what I did. With people talking about him like that, just take it and run with it, man."
Soulja says he likes having new MCs such as Drake and Nicki Minaj start to emerge in the game, but he's definitely not trying to give up his spot anytime soon.
"I just think to myself, I tell my cats to step it up. I say, 'Y'all cats gotta step it up,' " he said about getting ready for the new competition. "It's a warning, really. Just like when I was trying to get my deal, [my] people was like, 'We got Soulja Boy. He has 50 million views on MySpace.' [Record executives] were like, 'Nah, he's garbage, we straight.' It really was like a warning, to be honest with you.
"Mostly everybody knew about me before I got signed, but it was only one person who took that chance. That was [Mr.] Collipark," he explained. "Now you got all these people looking at me now like, 'They warned me about this dude.' Now you got people saying, 'Drake is gonna be this and be that.' Or Corey Gunz. I'm sitting back like, 'OK,' preparing, because I know how people think."
Soulja is currently working on his third album, The DeAndre Way, which he wants to release later this year.
Drake is out doing shows off the strength off his mixtape, So Far Gone. Over on NahRight.com, they have footage of Drake's Toronto homecoming concert from earlier this week. Drizzy takes a small jab at the fans who criticized him for not spitting raps off the top of his head.
"Freestyling off the dome," Drake rapped. "No BlackBerry, I ain't looking at my phone."