I’ve been listening to KYLE’s SMYLE LP a decent amount over the last couple days. One of the album’s better songs, “SuperDuperHero,” has an incredible vibe to it, and it’s aided by one part in the song where the Cali emcee and SuperDuperBrick interpolate Soulja Boy’s “Crank That” before a nice dance break occurs. It got me thinking about my middle school dances, because you couldn’t go to one without a crowd of pre-teens doing the Soulja Boy at their own tempo. For the most part, Soulja Boy had the biggest song in the dance-craze-heavy mid 2000s. It got bigger than “Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It.” Bigger than “Snap Yo Fingers.” Bigger than “1,2 Step.” Maybe bigger than “Lean Back.” And maybe even bigger than the simplest dance of them all, the lean you did you Young Joc’s “It’s Goin’ Down.” (Moms everywhere went crazy for this one.)
It was perfect. The dance combined nearly every dance we’d seen before. I had to snap my fingers. I had to “YOOOOOOOUHHHH” just like I did for Young Joc, only far more violent than I had before. Soulja Boy, for a while, was the only thing you’d here everywhere you went. Everyone had their own interpretation of his dance, but rarely did anyone do it perfectly on tempo. I couldn’t imagine being a blogger back in 2007 while Soulja Boy’s buzz was ridiculously hot. But then again, the amount of Soulja Boy replicants has skyrocketed since 2007, I’m sure.
Every once in a while, Soulja Boy resurfaces, really just to remind us that he was hot at one point. He has nothing of substance to say, but if there is any value to his branding still, he needs to keep is name in the headlines, occasionally. So he decided he needed to remix the What A Time To Be Alive hit, “Jumpman.”
As you’d expect, it’s nothing special, but he’s shown he can still get 42,000 plays in a day, if that means anything. Eight years later, after a one-hit wonder (don’t you dare try and convince me “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” was a hit. Don’t you dare.), Soulja Boy can still get a decent amount of people to listen to him. And it’s because I still want to hear what the man has to say, damnit. What a damn time to be alive.
Listen to the remix below.