By Sway Calloway (@RealSway)
We just finished another edition of "RapFix Live," and this week's guest was hip-hop phenomenon Soulja Boy Tell'em. While we touched on everything from him working with Gucci Mane to his thoughts on Justin's Bieber's YouTube domination, one of the subjects I didn't get a chance to talk to him about on-camera was being included in Forbes' 2010 "Hip-Hop Cash Kings" list. He came in at #18, so I had to get in his ear and ask him what that felt like.
The "Pretty Boy Swag" MC was practically blushing with excitement as he explained that his 'hood and everybody in his hometown is really proud of him. They already hold him in high regard, and this latest news only adds to that.
Soulja Boy wasn't entirely sure how Forbes determines the final tally for an artist's annual earnings, but seeing his name at #18 only makes him want to improve upon that number next year, he said. He's gunning for #7, but definitely the top 10. Forbes reported that the rapper took in $7 mil, a number SB said was not exactly right, but really close.
He went on to reveal how planned to accomplish that goal, a strategy that includes releasing his album, The DeAndre Way, going on tour and then dropping his book. Soulja Boy said he plans to follow the lead of other rappers and get into acting and movies. So I asked if he'd read a script yet. Turns out he's been reading a bunch of scripts.
Considering he's only 20 years old, the kid seems to have a pretty impressive plan. You know he beat out a lot of heavyweights to make that Forbes list, and dude has his head on straight. That's what I gathered from sitting with him.
And now I can't wait for his book to come out. I'm going to read "Teenage Millionaire" as if I was a teen; get some tips and see what I can make happen...
Are you surprised that Soulja Boy made it to Forbes' "Cash Kings" List at 20 years old? Inspired? Tell us in the comments!