Cranking those rumors about Soulja Boy’s demise

Soulja Boy, the rapper given life on the Internet is now declared dead. (Don't worry: it's really just another Twitter rumor). 


Kevin Collier


Published Oct 5, 2011   Updated Jun 3, 2021, 2:24 am CDT

Soulja Boy, who first catapulted to stardom with his 2007 YouTube single “Crank That,” was declared dead Wednesday by the very Internet that made him famous.

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The hashtag #RIPsouljaboy trended on Twitter today even though Soulja Boy (DeAndre Cortez Way) is apparently not really dead in real life.

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The hashtag gained popularity with a tweet from @TheBlackSTEWIE (which is not safe for work),  a prankster and hip-hop aficionado with over 100,000 followers, according to Topsy, a social media search engine.

Others quickly followed and yet another Twitter rumor began. Of course, not all rumors are a bad thing: Soulja Boy is once again making headlines.

Here’s a Storify showing the evolution of the story.


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*First Published: Oct 5, 2011, 1:44 pm CDT