He can check Lil Wayne and Kanye West off his list. Now Soulja Boy Tell’em has his sights set on a bigger prize: Jay-Z and Eminem.
A lot has changed in a year for the “Turn My Swag On” rapper. “When I first came out, everybody was like, ‘Fuck Soulja Boy.’ And now everybody’s calling me to get on their songs,” he tells Rap-Up.com.
Case in point: Everyone from Usher to R. Kelly to Lil’ Kim has been asking to work with him. “I see the difference and I feel the difference. I got Kanye calling me, Jeezy calling me. I guess I’m in that circle now.”
But he’s still got a lot of work to put in before he can join the elite ranks of MCs like Jay-Z and Eminem. “I got a long, long, long way to go to get up there with Wayne and Jay-Z,” he reveals, while adding, “Look how much rank Jay-Z got, but look how long he in the game. Look how much rank I got, but look at the short amount of time I’ve been in the game. It’s about how hard you work.”
Soulja Boy is feeling so confident that he’s even trying to get Jay and Em for his third album The DeAndre Way. “I want Jay-Z and Eminem on the album, but I don’t think I’m in that circle yet because I can’t just call Jay-Z like that,” he laughs. “I can call Diddy and he can put a word in for me, but I just think that I gotta do work. Maybe after I put Wayne on this album and we make something historical, me and Kanye work together and make something historical, and me and Drake spit something hot as hell together, I think that’s what’s going to determine the future.”
Maybe then Hov will come calling. “After I put this album out and it’s successful, then I might get a call from Jay-Z to say, ‘Hey, you know what, let’s work.'”
As for Eminem, he can start by asking his pal 50 Cent to put in a good word. “I think I have a better chance of getting Eminem on my album than Jay-Z. I don’t know nothin’ about Jay-Z, but I’m affiliated with Eminem ’cause we on the same label and I know a lot of people that know him.”