“The guy’s 17 years old. You think he was worried about what a 30-year-old thinks about his fucking music when he was makin’ that song? Trip off the fact that here’s a 17-year-old that wrote and produced his own album, that found a way to make himself prevalent, got on YouTube, and made himself big. Look at that! That was brilliant to me. Again, hip-hop started for the youth, it was created by the youth, so why is all the old heads tryin’ to control it?”Â
–Nelly defends Soulja Boy in Rap-Up‘s Summer 2008 issue, on sale now.