Soulja Boy: A Bold Declaration
On Sunday, August 13, Soulja Boy, the artist behind the hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” decided to celebrate uniquely. Known for his unabashed self-promotion, he once again asserted that he’s not just a participant in the hip-hop scene but a pioneer in the streaming era and social media engagement.
Revisit Soulja Boy’s biggest hit:
He proclaimed, “When I came in the game they said I killed hip hop. But really, I birthed the new wave of hip hop with internet/streaming. Ahead of my time. #HipHop50.”
He further elaborated, “Now everyone vlogs their career like me. Now everyone uploads their music to the internet. Now everyone goes live for their fans. I started it. Thank me or not. Flowers/Credit or not. #HipHop50”
While there is plenty of room to disagree with Soulja’s assertion, his influence is gaining traction with at least one artist: TisaKorean. Listen below:
The Impact of Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy’s influence on the music industry is undeniable. He was one of the first artists to leverage the power of the internet, utilizing platforms like YouTube and MySpace to promote his music. His innovative approach paved the way for a new generation of artists to connect with fans and distribute their music online.
The Celebration of Hip-Hop’s 50th Anniversary
This weekend marked a significant milestone in the world of music, with the entire rap community commemorating the 50th anniversary of hip-hop. Hip-hop, a genre that began in the 1970s in the Bronx, has evolved into a global phenomenon, influencing fashion, politics, and culture.
Is Soulja Boy’s claim justified? His words have certainly sparked a conversation. Whether you agree or disagree, his impact on the world of hip-hop is worth considering.
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