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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.
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.
Mark Arm of Mudhoney
When he was asked to write a song for the Singles
soundtrack, Mark thought the Seattle grunge scene was already overblown, so that's what he wrote about.
Jason Newsted (ex-Metallica)
The former Metallica bassist talks about his first time writing a song with James Hetfield, and how a hand-me-down iPad has changed his songwriting.
The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.
Susanna Hoffs - "Eternal Flame"
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