When: Thu., May 19, 8 p.m. 2016
It’s been nine years since Soulja Boy first encouraged schoolchildren to belt out “Superman dat hoe,” and regardless of whether or not you could digest the molten hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” back then, it’s easy to appreciate Soulja (aka DeAndre Cortez Way) for guiding rap’s eccentric and idiosyncratic voices online. Someone else would have done it if he hadn’t, but we’re better off since he turned a track made with the music-production program Fruity Loops into a flat-out phenomenon. Like legions of great pop songs before it, “Crank That” is aggressively simple and occasionally idiotic, though in my opinion far fewer hits have made as immediate a shift in the culture. The single felt “new” in 2007 in the way a trailblazing song resembles nothing before it—plus it helped change the perception of how music could be created and deployed. Now 25 and living in LA, Soulja is a godfather to weirdo rap kids audience testing music on Soundcloud, regardless of whether or not they get his plug—though some do (hi, Chief Keef). And Soulja is still cranking out new tunes. Swaths of March’s Stacks on Deck (SODMG) are an acquired taste, but Soulja has at least put that music in the hands of those who’ve acquired that taste (or want to). Fittingly, he headlines the latest presentation in Fake Shore Drive’s curated Sound Select series, which has showcased rising local acts who’ve garnered a legion of fans online. With that in mind, show up early to see Chicago rapper Warhol.SS.
Price: $10, $3 with RSVP