By Hillary Crosley, with reporting by Sway Calloway
Happy (almost) New Year!
On Sunday (January 2) — we can barely believe that it’s 2011 either — we’ll be airing our Soulja Boy edition of “RapFix Live,” also titled “Soulja Boy: RapFix” with MTV News’ own Sway on MTV2 at 1 p.m. ET.
The Young MC recently stopped by our couch and talked about meeting the elusive producer and West Coast icon Dr. Dre.
“Everybody knows Dre,” Soulja Boy said of meeting the West Coast icon. “I was in shock at what he was saying. It was just like, I couldn’t believe that he was there.”
Apparently, Dre was so unassuming that he caught the young MC off-guard.
“My CEO, Jimmy Iovine, had came in the room before he did, and he was like, ’What’s up, Soulja Boy?’ and we was talking,” Soulja recalled. “And Dre just walked in, like, ’Soulja!’ And I was like, ’Oh, is that Dr. Dre?’ And [my boys] were like, ’Why you ain’t take your shades off?’ I was caught up in the moment, what he was saying, how he appreciate what I do and I’m doing my thang.
“Just him telling me that, just meant so much,” Soulja continued. “I was in a point of shock, you feel me?”
And like for many other rappers, Dre has been a point of inspiration, but leave it to SB to take the superproducer’s legacy one step further.
“Dr. Dre is a legend. I’ve been listening to him since I was in diapers,” Soulja said. “I know my mama been listening to him. Everybody knows that he did so much for hip-hop and … you know, I’m lil’ Dre!”
“Soulja Boy: RapFix” premieres Sunday January 2 at 1p.m. ET, make sure you tune in!