The Game broke down for MTV's Sway the concept behind this track: "It's a real quick story about a day in the hood," he said. "I'm telling a story to police, but as we do growing up in the hood trying to get ourselves out of trouble, once we're apprehended, we make up a couple of different stories. At the end, after we done been in there for damn near a whole day being interrogated, the truth comes out."
The track captures the ins and outs of a police interrogation. "From beginning to end, I'm changing the story. Certain parts of the story are still the same in the second verse, but it gets loose," he explained. "All the way at the end, I tell 'em the truth, but right when I tell 'em the truth, it's like a to-be-continued movie, because it goes right into Rick Ross spittin' his verse on the next song." ("Heavy Artillery)"
"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" was the most successful digital track of 2007 in the US with 2,909,000 downloads. On January 6, 2008 it became the first song ever to sell 3 million digital copies in the States.