Stopping by LA-based radio program Real 92.3 ahead of a concert, A$AP Rocky had words of high praise for none other than Soulja Boy. Namely, that “If it wasn’t for Soulja Boy, A$AP Rocky probably wouldn’t be around.”
Rocky was discussing Soulja’s indelible contribution to the rise of viral rap stars, and continued to say that “He kinda made a formula. He was the first to do it and it work for him and since then I think that kind of became a basis of a standard way to make it.”
In a similar vein, he shouted out Kanye West and Pharrell for trailblazing the relationship between rappers and the fashion world, a position that Flacko wholly embodies.
Rocky’s words must come as a welcome admission to Soulja Boy, who has been in the headlines this past month for calling out rappers for not giving him the credit he deserves for their success.
Revisit our analysis of Soulja Boy’s journey from viral sensation to hip-hop’s biggest troll here.