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Crank That (Soulja Boy)

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Soulja Boy



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This spent 7 weeks at #1 in the USA. Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, co-wrote and produced this track at the age of 16. He had just turned 17 when the song topped the Hot 100, making him the youngest solo artist to write, perform and produce a chart topper.
This song features a sample of a steel drum. Steel drums are percussion instruments originating from the West Indian islands of Trinidad and Tobago. They are generally made from 55 gallon oil drums and their use in carnival music competitions on the Caribbean islands became commonplace in the 1940s. Other hits to feature steel drums include the Hollies 1967 hit "Carrie Anne," The Beach Boys 1988 American chart-topper "Kokomo" and 50 Cent's 2003 transatlantic Top-Tenner "P.I.M.P."
The lyrical content of this song is a combination of some bragging comments and dance instructions. A Crank That dance craze arose from the song's success.

These is an alternate interpretation of the lyrics: it could be about having sex at a young age. The lyrics, "Superman that ho" can refer to something a guy might do when a girl withholds sex from him. When she falls asleep, he will ejaculate on her back and then put a bedsheet or piece of paper there, so she appears to be wearing a Superman cape when she wakes up. (thanks, king googa booga - atlanta, GA)
Soulja Boy created this song in one hour on the Fruity Loops computer system. In an interview with HipHopDX.com, Soulja Boy explained how he uses the software: "To be honest, it took me an hour to produce the 'Crank That' song - at the most. Sometimes I just sit back... I can make a beat in my hotel room or I can make a beat in my dressing room, while getting ready for a show, and I can send it to Protools, and bam, get it right back recorded on my laptop. Then I can post it for all my fans to hear."
This was the most successful digital track of 2007 in the USA with 2,909,000 downloads.
Digital Spy asked Soulja Boy if he thought this would be a smash when he recorded it. The teenage rapper replied: "Nope. To tell you the truth, it was just another song that I was recording. I didn't go into the studio saying, 'This is gonna be a #1 smash and everyone's gonna be doing this dance'. I went in the studio to record just another song. It's crazy to think it's been the #1 song in the world."
The tune has featured in several video game including the World of Warcraft. It was also one of the featured song levels on Xbox 360's Dance Central.
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Comments (24):

ppl... i actually liked it the first time i heard it.... here's the log..
1st time.. hmm...not bad..!!
2nd time.. hmm...
3rd time.. hey...wtf!!!
4th time.. grr...
5th time.. *barf*, *spit*, *s--t*....
6th time.. dog died.... :(((((
- rahul, chennai, India
you spelled "loud" wrong and just proved everyones point that rap sucks and really music isnt just poorly writen peoms "sang" to off beat music that isnt really music because music requires actual instruments like drums (i play them) and guitar or better yet piano and a soul,i believe a truely great song comes from the soul which is why actual music will conquer over crap i mean rap any day, not a computer and a freaking program that tries to sound like something its not
- jacob, LA, CA
The decline of music is here. It is a sad day when this terrible excuse for music tops the charts. I play guitar,piano and saxophone and feel very strongly about music and this excuse for a song makes me want to kill myself.
- Marley, springfield, NJ
I like this song. I like it even more now that it was redone into a hard rock/ punk song by a band called Absinthe. I't's on youtube, check it out!
- Jeanette, Elkridge, MD
It's the end of music. Music is no longer being created. This sh-t is noise, whiney, immiture, crappy, second hand, revolting f-cking noise. I can't believe it. Music really is dead.
- nady, adelaide, Australia
Ice-T dissed Soulja Boy, claiming that he destroyed hip-hop.
- Not tellin', Jersey City, NJ
I hate this song. It's soooooo annoying! And I'm sorry to anyone who likes it but I hate it
- Jessie, Dallas, TX
This is the best song ever...If you think mindless, craptacular noise is music that is!
- Peter Griffin, Quahog, RI
Soulja Boy and the success he's having is proof that music is dead.
- George, Calumet City, IL
This is an awesomely bad song by far! I think deep down inside he knew this was going to be a smash. Now that he has a smash - there probably a hand of people out there that would love to smash his records!
- Eugene, Minneapolis, MN
This is the most musically degrading pile of dog vomit you can scrape up from the bottom of the barrel. 100's of years in the future they'll look back at our generation and talk about how pathetic we must have been after listening to Dipsh*ts like "soulja boy" make up some homosexual dance and "song" that we seem to worship.
- Joe, Bellingham, WA
ok this song has absolutely no meaning at all, it means nothing, if someone can tell me what it means ill praise you
- Shannon, Pittsburgh, PA
Rubbish. Worst "song" to date. Soulja Boy is a toss.
- Dean, Sydney,
the hell with all your rap it sux and it takes no talent in the next few years itll be dead anyways and metal is were its at not crap i mean rap and if you have something to say then say it
- jqy, houston, UT
What's so cool about this song is that it has hardly any instruments in it but that simple beat can make people dance. That's just cool. It's amazing how certain percussive instruments can make people dance in different ways.
- Allox, QLD, Australia
i dont know why the heck this spent 7 whole weeks at #1. its just some guy talking nonsense, and bragging about his stupid queer dance.
- Shiznit, Portland,
this song is realy stupid, but it is soooooo popular, and, yes, realy, the only reason ppl. like it, is cause of the dance, but i like it.
(-starts to dance the dance)
- sydney, nashville, TN
This song, and Justin Timberlakes "Lovestoned" are both on the CD now 26. In "Lovestoned" the word "ass" is censored. But this kid gets away with "Superman that ho." Let's be honest, that's just madness.
- Kristin, Yaphank, NY
There is a lot of swearing and stuff like that I only noticed it when i listened very close to it.
- Tatyana, New Zealand, Singapore
This is more of a ringtone song. I guarantee in ten years no one will talk about this song
- Austin, smallsville, NE
This song is only popular because of the dance... but i guess it is still okay
- Carlota, Ankara, Turkey
A "song" like this is what causes many people to write off hip hop and rap as one huge cess pool. The "culture" represented by this young man's project is degraded, corrupt and low. I have heard hip hop and rap which I like and I appreciate the form. This is not music, it's a talentless, tasteless computer project by an immature boy. Check out the Urban Dictionary on line for the meaning behind the "lyrics".
- Edward, Portland, ME
ew this song sucks and its really disgusting...
- Shelby, Long Island, NY
HE ROCKS OUT LOUND. YYYUUUUUUAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!
- Kenzi, Milwuakee, WI
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