DeAndre Cortez Way (born July 28, 1990), known as Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. He is mostly known for his debut single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (2007), that peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
- See also: Category:Rips featuring Crank That
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" (or simply "Crank That") is a very barebones song, with the only melodic instrument being a steel drum and some pulses. This makes it really easy to mash the song up with other songs, and in fact it is fairly easy to completely recreate the song in FL Studio, as it only used default presets from that DAW. Because of this, mashups involving "Crank That" will usually have the steel drums altered to play the melody of whatever it's mashed up with. An FL template for the song can be found in the description of this video.
This song was already a popular mashup source on Soundcloud before GiIvaSunner was created, and its use carried from there into Season 1. As with many Season 1 rap memes, it eventually fell out of use due to being seen as a cliché meme and too easy to use. However, in Season 4 Episode 2 it was revived through references to the video "dat boi!!!!" by ZimoNitrome, after that source was the focus of Dat (Soulja) Boi Day.
In Episode 9, Soulja Boy is shown fighting against the Kazoo Master with a sword, and telling anime quotes. This references the video "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em | Tokyo Trip Pt.2 | ソウルジャ・ボーイ" and Soulja Boy's anime tweets.
Click "Expand" to show the lyrics of "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
- Wikipedia article
- How to Re-create Soulja Boy's 'Crank That' in FL Studio
- Soulja Boy Tell 'Em | Tokyo Trip Pt.2 | ソウルジャ・ボーイ, Soulja Boy, YouTube
- "anime", Soulja Boy, Twitter