Voice Of The People: [artist id="2814953"]Soulja Boy Tell'em[/artist] Responds To You
"Behind the Beats" will return next week, homies. We got some producers who have worked with all the big boys. Just wait. Today, we are going to respond directly to you with a new section, "Voice of the People." We appreciate you sending us comments on all our stories. And while we don't always see eye-to-eye with the readers (Lord knows they don't always see eye-to-eye with us ... LOL), we definitely love you taking time to check us out.
We brought Soulja Boy Tell'em in recently to holla back about a comment from reader Whozdat02, who on May 12 gave an opinion about the teen moneymaker's dreams of getting [artist id="1269"]Jay-Z[/artist], [artist id="1230523"]Kanye West[/artist] and [artist id="510062"]Lil Wayne[/artist] for his next album, The DeAndre Way.
"Wayne and Kanye can probably do the album, but Jay wouldn't work," the commenter wrote in. "The people that listen to Soulja Boy, for some reason, think Jay is wack or, as DonDelVita, puts it 'he's lame.' And for that reason, doing a record with Soulja Boy would be pointless, because the younger generation don't respect him."
Wow, harsh comments about the man the MTV News Hip-Hop Brain Trust voted the Greatest MC of All Time a few years ago. Soulja Boy — like us — disagreed with his fan's assessment.
"Jay-Z, I always respected him," Soulja told us. "Always. But I didn't always like his music. I guess because I was too young, and I couldn't understand what he was saying. ... I got signed when I was 16 years old. Before I got signed, I heard the song, and I was like, 'That's Jay-Z.' My favorite song from him was 'Dirt Off Your Shoulder.' I guess I liked the beat or the way he was flowing on there. Any other song I used to hear, I ain't really vibe with it like that. I used to listen to a lot of Down South artists like Three 6 Mafia or Gucci Mane. But recently, since I'm older now and I grew up, I like Jay-Z now. I'm a fan of his music. At first, I used to just respect him because he was Jay-Z; now I'm a fan of his music and I wanna work with him.
"In the car ride over here, we was listening to 'Brooklyn Go Hard,' " he added. "He said, 'I'm Jackie Robinson — I jack, I rob, I sin.' I didn't know he was snapping like that. Back then, I couldn't understand none of what he was saying."
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Soulja Boy has a few things in the works with [artist id="1829009"]DJ Drama[/artist]. "Me and Soulja Boy working," Dram told us. "It's coming along. The tape is called Follow Me: The Gangsta Grillz Twitter Edition."
The potent Southern duo will release the mixtape on Twitter first in the coming weeks.
"Me and Soulja Boy are two guys people look to for inspiration to move things forward," Dram added. "So for all of the people who counted Soulja Boy out, that counted me out, why not? We all know how powerful Twitter is right now. Besides Soulja, look for that Drama and Gucci Mane, Drama and R. Kelly, Drama and Willie Da Kid, and possibly a DJ Drama and Fabolous mixtape."
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