Soulja Boy, a highly influential artist of his generation, has left an indelible mark on the hip hop scene. His ascent to stardom in the late 2000s and mid-2010s solidified his esteemed position in the industry. While he often grabs headlines these days due to his feuds with fellow rappers, his prime era was marked by a string of chart-topping hits.
Soulja Boy dominated the airwaves with unforgettable tracks like “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” and “Crank Dat,” which not only earned him widespread acclaim but also inspired other prominent artists to pay homage to his artistry. In fact, the iconic dance performed by Beyoncé during her performances was inspired by Soulja Boy’s moves.
Known for attributing various firsts in rap to himself, Soulja Boy has indeed spearheaded numerous trends in the industry, including featuring video chat in his music video before it gained widespread popularity.
“Kiss Me Thru The Phone,” a single produced by Mr. Collipark and Jim Jonsin, was a standout track from Soulja Boy’s groundbreaking sophomore album, iSouljaBoyTellem. In an interview with HipHopDx, Soulja Boy revealed a fascinating detail about the song’s success. He had set up a fan line where fans could call or text, and he would generate substantial earnings from it.
Sharing the behind-the-scenes story, the rapper explained, “Alright, let me tell y’all the real story. So that number was like a fan line. Every time somebody called that number, I was getting paid off of that s**t. It was like a subscription. You could text it or call it, so I was probably making like $100,000 a month off of that, just people calling that number.”
Interestingly, Soulja Boy initially intended to have Chris Brown lend his vocals to the infectious hook of “Kiss Me Thru The Phone,” but the collaboration didn’t come to fruition. Nevertheless, the track went on to become one of Soulja Boy’s biggest hits, leaving an indelible mark on his career.