American rapper Soulja Boy Tell'em, who previously topped international charts with his Grammy-nominated single "Crank That," is planning to release a book the same day as his upcoming album The DeAndre Way is set to go on sale, the rapper told MTV News in an interview published September 1. Both the album and the book, Teenage Millionaire, are expected out in November.
At 16, the rapper became the youngest person in nearly two decades to write, perform, and produce a number-one song on the US
Billboard Hot 100 for his single "Crank That."
Teenage Millionaire, according to Soulja Boy, will tell the story of how the rapper earned his first million dollars at 17 years old (he is now 20).
"I talk about how my life changed. It talks about the music industry, everything I learned about the music industry - how I got into the music industry with my mind set, all the ins and outs that I go through," Soulja Boy told MTV.
The first single from
The DeAndre Way, "Pretty Boy Swag," is currently at number 12 on
Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The album follows the rapper's 2008 LP
iSouljaBoyTellem, which hit number 2 on the US
Billboard Top Rap Albums chart and featured collaborations with Gucci Mane and Sean Kingston. Gucci Mane, Birdman, and Justin Bieber have all reportedly contributed to the new album.
Soulja Boy joins a number of rappers who have published their memoirs, including Snoop Doggy Dogg, LL Cool J, and Eminem. Among other upcoming titles by rap artists: Jay-Z is rumored to be working on both a traditional memoir and a business title and is due to publish a book about his lyrics in November.
Both The DeAndre Way and Teenage Millionaire are currently scheduled for release on November 2.