Soulja Boy is definitely an icon and deserves his credit for setting certain standards within the rap game. Even though his reign has passed, his influence is still being felt today.
He has generated some of the most iconic dance moves and lyrics of the early 2000s, but recently he’s been in the media because he’s been calling out some of the industry’s biggest music artists for biting his swag. Despite the memes all over social media, the rapper has a valid point.
Soulja Boy has claimed that he’s personally responsible for Drake’s success. Now, believe me, when I first heard that remark I was taken aback as I’m sure many fans were. But he made a claim and had proof to back them up. During his interview with the Breakfast Club, he stated, “You didn’t hear Drake on his first song – [singing] Tell me what’s really going on Drizzy Drake back in this thing already what’s hap—That’s Soulja! That’s my bar.” And if you went back to listen to Soulja’s 2007 song “What’s Happenin’” you might have been in for a shocker.
But is it biting or influence? If you are an avid listener of hip-hop then you know everyone sort of bites off everyone. Sampling is a big thing in hip-hop. That’s what people do. I’m pretty sure you can name plenty of artists who sound like another or a song that shares the same cadence as another song. I guarantee Soulja Boy won’t be the last to have his pretty boy swag borrowed. We just need to put some respeck on his name and give him his credit now, because like him or not, your favorite artist may have stole their flow from him.
By Kori Barnes, Freshman, University of Nevada, Las Vegas