DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta at the age of six, where he became interested in rap music. At age 14 Soulja Boy moved to Batesville, Mississippi with his father, who provided a recording studio for him to explore his musical ambitions. In November, 2005 Soulja Boy posted his songs on the website SoundClick. With positive feedback from the SoundClick website Soulja Boy decided to open accounts with YouTube and Myspace.
In March 2007, Soulja Boy recorded “Crank That” and released his first independent album “Unsigned and Still Major: Da Album Before da Album”, followed by a low-budget video demonstrating the “Crank That” dance. By the end of May 2007 “Crank That” had received its first airplay which propelled him to sign a record deal with Interscope Records. In September, 2007 “Crank That” reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for seven non-consecutive weeks. By August, 2010 Soulja Boy was listed at number 18 on the Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings earning $7 million for that year. He went on to release several albums including his debut studio album “Souljaboytellem.com” (2007) which was certified platinum by the RIAA.