This is going to be a huge weekend for Soulja Boy Tell'em. On Saturday, he's one of the performers gracing the stage at Atlanta's Hot 107.9 Birthday Bash, and he's also set to perform on Friday at the SuperJam concert for Greensboro, North Carolina's 102 Jamz. This summer, the 19-year-old will be traveling all across the country, along with Young Jeezy, Drake and Lil Wayne for the America's Most Wanted Music Festival. Performing such high-profile sets on the same bill as A-list rap superstars is never a worry for the teen hitmaker — the fans will remember him by the time they leave the building.
"I don't really look at nobody as competition," Soulja said. "I feel like I got my own lane, and I don't have to worry about nobody. Anybody I feel is competition, I gotta knock them out the box. If there's anybody that ever crossed my mind — [where] I say, 'Man, he might be a problem for me,' then I'mma have to get rid of him. But as far as getting my inspiration for stage performance, it has always been Michael Jackson. I remember I watched the DVD ... Michael Jackson came and stood onstage for 10 minutes. They was screaming the whole 10 minutes. I actually imitated that a couple of times in my show."
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Soulja, who's working on his The DeAndre Way LP, also said he wouldn't mind hitting the road with another icon, Eminem. If Slim Shady should tour, Soulja says he wants in.
"I like his new music," he said. "It's different from what's out. I think it's good. It's good for music. I'd open up for Eminem — lot of cheese right there."
Soulja says he's respected Em from early on in the Detroit legend's career.
"Back in the days, I was tuned in to it," Soulja explained. "I wasn't too heavy into it, but he's got some classic stuff. He used to come on TV, I used to be like, 'That white boy go hard. Real hard.' "
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Drake missed his DJ Khaled connection, at least for now. Drizzy filmed the video for "Best I Ever Had" Sunday in Brooklyn with his director, Kanye West. The video revolves around Drake's roster of females who happen to hoop — Drake's team takes on another basketball team in the clip. The hottest free agent in music right now wanted Khaled to make an appearance in the video as the coach of his squad.
"We had the best idea, but he wasn't here," Drake told us on the set. "We wanted DJ Khaled to be the coach, so he could be like, 'You the best? Who? You!' We thought that was so funny, but he was busy today. We'll see who ends up doing it."
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