DeAndre Cortez Way, known in the hip hop music world as Soulja Boy, was fortunate to have parental support in his childhood ambitions to become a hip hop star. In fact, at the age of 14, his dad provided him with a recording studio where Soulja Boy perfected his rap and performance style, giving him the confidence to write, record, and release his own music through social networking venues like MySpace and YouTube. His efforts to become a nationally recognized act paid off when he released his self-produced debut album, entitled Unsigned and Still Major: Da Album before Da Album. With his single “Crank That”, complete with an accompanying dance, garnered the attention of Mr. Collpark, Soulja Boy went on to sign with Interscope Records for his first major record deal.
Now with four albums to his credit, he has a Soulja Boy net worth of $25 million for his personal and professional use. He was thought to have signed with Cash Money Records, although he and now regularly collaborates with hip hop mainstays like Birdman, Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, and Drake. In fact, in 2014 he announced that he would begin work on a new album, which would feature appearances from these hip hop recording artists. Busta Rhymes also will make an appearance on this new album, which should be released sometime in 2015. In the meantime, he is enjoying the success of his fourth studio album, Loyalty, which hit the charts on December 2, 2014.
Part of his net worth of late has also consisted from revenue gathered from the release of his mix tapes. His first mixtape was entitled Foreign; he followed this mixtape with others called King Soulja, Life after Fame, 23, and King Soulja 2. All of his mixtapes, like his records, have been well received and have contributed to his wealth and standing as a hip hop fixture.
How Much Is Soulja Boy Worth Today?
Since his arrival on the hip hop scene in 2007, he has accrued a Soulja Boy net worth of $25 million. Along with writing, recording, and performing his own music, Soulja Boy also has founded several music labels. His first label, of course, was that under which his independent studio album was released. However, in addition to this early label, he also has founded Stacks on Deck Entertainment. He has released an album under this label; however, other acts that he signed have yet to release their own albums.
Soulja Boy is also an accomplished record producer. In fact, he has a digital audio workstation in Florida, called FL Studio. From this studio, he has worked on songs like V.I.C.’s “Get Silly” and Bow Wow’s “Marco Polo”. In addition to these songs, he has also produced albums for hip hop contemporaries 50 Cent, Lil Wayne, Diddy, and Nicki Minaj. He and Kanye West reportedly were to work on each other’s albums; however, for unexplained reasons the work that both artists contributed to each other’s LPs was never included in the final releases.
Like many hip hop stars, Soulja Boy has expanded his professional talent into other arenas. He launched his own fashion line, called S.O.D. Clothing, in 2008. He also collaborated with designer D. Young to create a line called Ocean Gang. In addition to apparel, Soulja Boy has created a shoe fashion line aptly named Yums. His fashion endeavors have been well received, with his creations quickly gaining mainstream fashion acceptance. He has also gained widespread acceptance for his acting endeavors. He most recently starred in 2013’s Officer Down, a film with a storyline that centered around a corrupt police officer.