Soulja Boy has hit out at Drake, claiming in a new interview that he taught the rapper “everything he knows”.
Back in 2007, it was rather hard to escape from Soulja Boy and his influence. With ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’ serving as the artist’s debut single, the track was a phenomenon, flooding the newly-founded YouTube with its video, and taking over the world with its accompanying dance.
In a new interview with The Breakfast Club radio show, Soulja Boy claimed that he was a dominant force in inspiring a new breed of hip-hop artists.
“I was the first artist on social media,” Soulja Boy explained. “I was the first artist on YouTube. The first artist.”
“These record labels set their blueprint behind me. I’m the reason why they’re streaming right now,” he said. “When I first came out, they said hip-hop was dead. They said I killed hip-hop.”
“Why? Because I produced ‘Crank That’? And I wrote ‘Crank That’? Then sold 15 million ringtones? And then went diamond? And sold ten million copies? The first ever song to do that digitally? That’s why I killed hip-hop?”
“Ice T, Snoop Dogg, all the OGs were like, ‘What is this bullshit?’” he continued. “Now, look at everybody. They love the new generation. I had to take them bullets. Everybody doing what I did. They laughed at me… And now they’re doing exactly what I did.”
Check out Soulja Boy’s interview on The Breakfast Club:
However, when one of the hosts began to compare Soulja Boy’s comeback with that of Meek Mill’s, Soulja Boy lost his cool somewhat, taking further issue when the host referred to Drake as “the biggest rapper in the world”.
“Drake? Drake?” he asked with disbelief. “The nigga that got bodied by Pusha T? The nigga that hiding his kid from the world, but his world want to hide from the kid? Aubrey Graham in a wheelchair? Drake? Y’all niggas better stop playing with me man.”
“Stop playing with me. Stop playing me like I ain’t teach Drake everything he know. Y’all ain’t hear Drake on his first song?” he questioned, before beginning to sing a few bars of Drake’s ‘Miss Me’, which uses the lyrics to Soulja Boy’s ‘What’s Hannenin’’.
“That’s Soulja! That’s my bar. He copied my whole fucking flow. He copied my whole fucking flow. Word for word. Bar for bar. Don’t act like I didn’t make Drake, nigga.”
While Drake would later team up with Soulja Boy for a remix of ‘We Made It’, it’s not exactly clear yet what else Soulja Boy thinks he taught Drake. Of course, with the power of the Internet, we probably won’t have to wait long before we find some more examples.
At this stage, Drake hasn’t addressed Soulja Boy’s claims.