Q&A: Soulja Boy Talks ‘Juice’ Remake, Tupac’s Influence, & Backlash

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Soulja Boy has people talking once again with his latest project. The 20-year-old rapper is reprising Tupac Shakur’s role in the 1992 crime drama Juice. The remake, directed by Rage (“Crank That” and “Kiss Me Thru the Phone”), was inspired by his mixtape of the same name and is currently shooting in Atlanta with an ensemble that includes Waka Flocka Flame and Cam’ron.

Soulja doesn’t plan to flip the script too much, staying true to the original. “It’s basically the same thing. It’s just 2011,” he tells Rap-Up.com. “We’re gonna do it the right way, give the people something to look forward to, and just keep it positive.”

Find out how his Juice-like haircut sparked the mixtape and movie, why he cast Waka Flocka, and what he says to those who criticize his decision to recreate the classic in our exclusive Q&A.

How did the concept for the Juice mixtape come about?
I was at my condo in Los Angeles, just chillin’ one night watching this Juice movie, and I was like, “Man, Tupac, he was like real huge and so turnt up in the movie.” I was like, “Ain’t nobody in the rap game got their hair cut like that right now.” So it just started off as me getting the Juice, how Tupac did, high right, low left. I called my barber up like, “I wanna get my hair cut like the Juice cut,” so he cut it. Then after that it just really inspired me to make the music, and then one thing lead to another. I hooked up with DJ Scream, hooked up with DJ Swamp Izzo—now the mixtape’s everywhere.

Have you always been a Tupac fan?
Yeah, ever since I was younger.

Let’s talk about the film. How far along is it?
We’ve been filming here in Atlanta. Waka Flocka’s gonna be in the movie. It’s gonna be crazy. He called, he reached out. We met up with the director. Now I’m almost to the stages where I just gotta finish these last three shoots and then I’ll be cool.

How similar to the original movie will it be?
It’s basically the same thing. It’s just 2011. It’s like a remixed version. It’s gon’ be similar to the original Juice movie. You’ll be able to tell, but you’ll be able to tell what parts we flipped.

Why did you decide to put Waka Flocka in the film?
I think it was a good idea to bring him on board because the director was trying to get me to put some rappers in it, and he was naming a lot of different rappers. I just felt like if I was gonna put anybody in the movie, it should make sense and be somebody that I really got a relationship with in the rap game, for real.

What role does Waka play?
He’s gonna be a member of my crew and we’re gonna be like this upcoming group in Atlanta. It’s gonna be four of us and we’re gonna be going against this rival crew.

Is Cam’ron also going to be involved?
He reached out to the director Rage. They have a relationship, so he still gonna play a part in the movie. That’s gonna be big. It’s me just being a young, black male in this industry. I’m just tryna do something new, do something creative, have a spin on things—just think outside the box and give my fans something to look forward to. That’s what this whole thing is about.

Where and when will the movie premiere?
I don’t have an exact date yet, but I know that it’s gonna be big. I have a lot of different options to choose from on how I want to premiere it. I know it’s gonna be on BET for sure.

How do you respond to critics who say you shouldn’t remake Tupac’s movie?
Man, I’m a Tupac fan. I respect Tupac. It’s nothing like that. I would never try to disrespect Tupac—ever. It was just an idea that I had for a mixtape. The movie is just a movie… You had Game who was in Belly 2. You had a lot of different rappers that were in a lot of different movies. I think they’re saying that just ’cause of who I am, it’s Soulja Boy.

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41 Comments

  1. aaliyah

    :-|

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  2. EmAyDee

    This is gonna be terrible

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    loing Reply:

    @EmAyDee, stop hateing

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  3. mon

    im sorry soulja but this remake sound wack why would u make it the same i like the original but they could have explained a lil more of the story which is why you would remake it, and i have questions about the quality of the project i just hope it aint before i self detruct quality good luck!

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  4. Alesia

    I feel like CRYING.

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  5. roro

    haha soulja boy likes to be around wocka flocka so that his music doesn’t appear so shitty.

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  6. Tia

    Bye souja boy!!!!Nobody is here for this remake WHY ruin a classic?

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  7. Sharp Tongue

    @Tia i agree why do this to a classic Souja Boy? #SitChoAssDown this is NO hating you don’t do this at all it’s the principal BITCH lol…

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  8. hah

    belly 2 was terrible, so what does that say about this

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  9. Lil' Nello

    I normally don’t comment on posts of artists I don’t like but just disgust me so much that he would even think & have the guts to remake such a classic movie that no 1 should even ever consider remaking in the 1st place let alone even remake at all! @hah Belly 2 actually wasn’t a sequel to Belly it was Million Boyz Club but the studio that bought it added Belly 2 to the title to make everyone think it was an actual sequel when it wasn’t & not to say it makes up for how bad the movie was either

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  10. Drew

    This is going to be a disaster. The final word>>> it’s going to be on BET….smh

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  11. Darius Spade

    man!! i think diz movie iz gonna smakk realz rap, dey really gonna kill diz movie,

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  12. Brooklyn

    OMFG!!

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  13. Panama

    i really dont kno what soulja boy has planned for this movie but i think its gonna be good, everybody should just stop hatting n give soulja boy a chance on this one, Juice is my favorite movie so im looking foward to see how this is gonna turn out.

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  14. M!ke

    “I know it’s gonna be on BET for sure.”

    Yep straight to BET movie. It wont even make it to the RedBox thts how wack i know this S#it is gonna be. Why would you remake a classic like tht and with SOULJA BOI of all ppl?

    He dont have any Power or Respect he aint got the JUICE

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  15. SHELLS

    HE’S ABOUT TO RUIN HIS CAREER! KILL YO SELF SOULJAH BOY! ALL OF A SUDDEN NOW HE WANNA SMOKE WEED,DRINK SYRUP AND RAP ABOUT KILLING PEOPLE AND HAVING GOONS! AND HE A BITER! HE’S COPYING LIL B AND OTHERS! BE YO SELF!HE’S ABOUT TO FUCK UP A CLASSIC MOVIES! SOULJAH BOY IS THE REAL MEANING OF A WANKSTA AND A STUDIO GANGSTA!

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  16. Tiago

    But his music don’t skirl like 2 pac.

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  18. Nick

    Biggest joke of the year. He’s a flop nobody now and needs to just sit down.

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  19. Matt C.

    Waka Flocka????!!! IN JUICE????

    Say no more….

    It’s over.

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  20. EmAyDee

    I barely listened to this mixtape and it was absolutely terrible. It was so bad that My Dre beats started crying when I played it. lol Word for word I swear I heard my headphones say “Just Kill me!”

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  21. headphones

    someone please stop this from happening..

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  22. T.I. Supporter

    F*CK HATERS. The film remake is going to be great. He’s not trying to make a better version of the movie and probably doesn’t think it will be a better version. So haters sit yo ass down

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    I H8 YOU Reply:

    @T.I. Supporter, no this movies gonna suck and i dont think Soulja ever listened to Tupac because they are soo different; as tupac wasnt a BITCH; and your stupid

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    EmAyDee Reply:

    @I H8 YOU, I 2nd that, this movie is gonna blow gnomes

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  25. The worst

    Yo if your going to remake juice then bishop should be played by dmx, he would be the only one to give u that pac emotion on film

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  26. Inc

    Blasphemy! He’ll never be pac no matter how many pictures he photoshops, how many movies he remakes. R.I.P. 2pac fuck souljaboy fucking weak prick

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  27. Another classic ruined by a singer

    Thats right Soulja boy, your not a rapper your a singer.

    Thanks for ruining a classic with your terrible presence. Artists like you are the reason Rap is dead. Tupac, Biggie and all the others would bow their heads in shame to the likes of you. At least the real fans will always know that your not a rapper.

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  28. Tuan Clift G

    WTF!!! Soulja Boy is WAAAAAAY too SOFT to play Bishop. This was by far the worst idea of 2011.

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  29. Stan Goods

    This is gonna be horrible and his premise has nothing to do with the original, four guys growing up in the industry going against a rival crew??? Why not just do a whole different movie for that? Cuz wats the point of doing a remake if your gonna go and change things like that? And who wants to see a softer side of Bishop? He really doesnt get the movie at all and should just prepare to be laughed at now when ever that premieres

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  30. Hater #1

    This is disgusting, I am disgusted. What kind of punk would watch a movie with Soulja Boy when they could watch it with Tupac instead? And it’s just a remake.. you don’t touch any of Pac’s work and remake it. Straight disrespect. Soulja Boy is the icon of the death of rap – no point, just in it for the fame, absolute opposite of what Pac stood for. If that’s hatin’, I’m hater #1.

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  31. Brandon White

    This is going to be a ghetto mess. Seriously Soulja Boy?? To be blunt, Soulja Boy doesn’t have the balls to reprise Tupac’s role. You see Tupac was REAL thug, on and off the stage. Soulja Boy is wayy too commercial.. and Waka?? HAHAHAHA It’s like they’re trying to amuse us. I will watch it for laughs though, but I hate that they will destroy a classic film.

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  32. what?!

    I hope tupac ( if he’s really dead) comes back from the dead and smacks the shit out of this kid.. putting waka in it? just killed the who movie… bring it to alanta? another mistake… keep the movie str8 new york..!!!!! dumb ass!!!!

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  33. Lil A

    WHAT DA FUCK IZ DIS NIGGA DOIN!!!!he must still got dat damn coke n his system he iz gonna make a juice remake????and he gon play 2pac????somebody need ta stop dis bullshit.He ain’t even on 2pac level dis bitch ain’t real actin like he hard n shit he need ta fucin murk hisself if dis movie comes out its gon be diss 2 every real rapper dat eva lived

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  34. jbeezy

    dis movie seem lik its gonna be real good…..dat was a good thought of u soulja…..realdeal

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  35. HOT BOY DREW

    nigga this is like spittin on pacs grave da fuck is going on dont put no dumb ass shit out wit soula boy n wacka dem niggas aint half as real as pac……fuckin crazy nigga 2pac wouldnt be havin dis if he was here y do it when he gone?

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  36. nesha

    pleaseeee do not remake juice its a classic nd the cast was just great…waka flocka can barely even read so how is he suppose 2 b in a movie…come on soulja boy ily bt please do not ruin this classic just leave it alone

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  37. Bigb

    dang soulja u trippin juice dont ruin a classic and im not a hater i just speak tha truth

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  38. max-z

    Juice is ma best movie..if u must remake it use alike xters eg.soulja as Q,j.cole as raheem,bishop as ¿¿..help ..dnt ruin a classic

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