Soulja Boy’s real name is DeAndre Cortez Way. He was born in 1990 in Chicago. In 1996, Way’s parents divorced, and, together with his mom and younger brother, DeAndre moved to Atlanta. While still in middle school, Way became a big fan of rap. His first rap teacher was J-Kwon, whose lessons, according to Soulja Boy, were priceless. In 2004, DeAndre’s mom couldn’t support the two boys well anymore and his father took Way to Mississippi.
When DeAndre’s father found out about the boy’s love for rap, he decided to support the hobby and offered Way to work in a recording studio. In 2004, Soulja Boy and Arab formed a duo The 30/30 Boys. The group recorded several songs and uploaded them to SoundClick. They earned many positive reviews. Seeing that his work is worth something, DeAndre decided to start a solo music career. He contacted a manager, who helped the young rapper arrange a concert in Indianapolis.
In November 2005, Soulja Boy uploaded his first solo song on SoundClick. It earned impressive popularity. DeAndre understood that he could achieve big heights by promoting his work on the Internet and created YouTube and MySpace accounts.