Just over a week since his sophomore album, iSouljaBoyTellEm, failed to make the same impact as his debut — opening at a disappointing no. 43 on the Billboard 200 — Soulja Boy Tell’em took to his YouTube channel to discuss why artists are struggling to sell. What does he say? He names one particular New York artist, who he credits for hip-hop’s downfall.
During a video filmed with his friends, Soulja Boy blames Queensbridge legend Nas for “killing hip-hop,” explaining that if Nas never made the “Hip Hop Is Dead” statement with the title of his 2006 album, things wouldn’t be as bad as they are today.
“The n**** that killed hip-hop for real is Nas, dog. That n**** killed hip-hop,” Soulja Boy said in a video on his official YouTube channel. “He came out publicly and said ‘Hip-hop is dead,’ and after that, everybody started saying ‘Hip-hop is dead … oh sh**, oh sh**.’ Think about it? If Nas would’ve never said ‘Hip-hop is dead,’ then motherf***ers would never thought it had died. They would have never had that termanology.”
Soulja Boy not only says that Nas hurt other artists’ chances, but even claims that he hurt his own career with the popular hip-hop term. Now, everybody’s losing money, says the teen rapper.
“When he came out with that sh**, it f***ed up everybody’s money. He killed his own career with that sh**,” he said with a laugh.
“Shut the f*** up and go into the studio, n****. He should’ve thought that sh** over,” Soulja Boy continued.
While the rapper says that artists should not censor their opinions, he suggests that they should do it in a more positive way, referencing self-claims by rappers such as Lil Wayne and T.I., both of which have had success regardless of the music climate.
“Some good sh** to say is ‘I’m the best rapper alive.’ Just like T.I., that n**** say he the ‘King of the south, can’t nobody take that from him.’ Lil Wayne said he the ‘best rapper alive.’ At the end of the day, they might argue with the n****, but they gonna say it ’cause he started that sh**,” said Soulja Boy.
“Nas came up with the most f***ed up one — hip-hop is dead. That just f***ed up everything. Don’t be dissing on stuff you still gotta do. Hip-hop is dead is some strong ass words.”
Soulja Boy released his sophomore album, iSoujaBoyTellEm, earlier this month. Despite the breakout success of his debut, his second album failed to repeat the same success, selling just 46,000 copies to put it at no. 43 on the Billboard 200.