Stormtroopers of Death is Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian's side project with Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante, the original Anthrax bassist/lead guitarist Danny Lilker and their pal, Bronx-born heavy metal musician Billy Milano. They are among the first bands to fuse hardcore Punk with Thrash Metal into a style sometimes called Crossover Thrash.
Drummer Charlie Benante had a hand in writing this song. He told us in a 2013 interview: "The beat has got to be this extreme beat. So that's how that whole song came together, because the beat was what it was going to be. So I kind of modeled it after that."
S.O.D. didn't take themselves too seriously but their politically incorrect lyrics stirred up some controversy. Dan Lilker said, "The lyrics were never intended to be serious, just to piss people off."
"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.