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Souljah vs. Soulja -- What's in a Name?

10/13/2007 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Soulja Boy"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" by Soulja Boy (left) is the number one song on the Billboard Hot 100 this week. If that name sounds familiar, it should.

Souljah Boy (notice the "h" at the end) was part of the group Mo Thugs during the 1990s. He claims that he has utilized that name for nearly 12 years and says he was "stunned" when DeAndre Way (Soulja Boy's real name), Interscope and Collipark decided to "infringe and misappropriate his name."

Thus far, Souljah Boy's lawyers say they are in the process of contacting all the appropriate parties and they hope to put the matter behind them quickly.

Soulja Boy's rep tells TMZ that they have not been contacted thus far, but also pointed out that technically Soulja Boy's full artist name is Soulja Boy Tell 'Em. Because that makes it soooo much less confusing.

When rappers fight over stage names, the only real loser is spelling. Soldier on!

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16.

mel    

smh@people hating on a 17 year old kid the song is for kids he's having fun lol

2476 days ago
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Lakers fan    

#6. MAYBE YOU NEED TO READ THAT ENGLISH BOOK AGAIN BECAUSE YOU CANNOT TYPE A SENTENCE CORRECT. MORON!!!! DRUGS CAN DO A LOT OF HARM!! MAYBE YOU NEED TO STOP DOING THEM.

2476 days ago
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www.sugar-shoes.co.uk    

Why don't there dumbass wanna be thugs use their REAL names

2476 days ago
19.

Almalieque    

wow.. you people are seriously hating.. Rap is not stupid, the artists who make dumb songs are stupid. Just like in every other genre of music.

Why should they use their real names? Its called a stage name, just like people make up names in other professions, hobbies and SCREEN NAMES..

What does reading a book have anything to do with anything? You're assuming someone can't read because they *purposely* spelled a word different. They spelled it how its pronounced. Also, authors don't always use their real names and spell words in alternate ways.

All I have to say is quit hating and realize this is no different than any other hobby/profession..

Mo Thugs For The Win!!

2476 days ago
20.

Waaah!    

It's not the misspellings that makes them stupid, Almalieque, it's the lack of anything substantive in their songs. Not all rap is garbage, but Soulja Boy certainly is. And, yes, I've heard his entire CD. Rapping about a two-way? Classic.

2476 days ago
21.

Terry    


use Soil ja and get this over with already.
It's all dieing anyway. It will be the only music stereo typed then destroyed by thugs.
I dont think there is any real talent out there that can turn that around before it's gone.

2476 days ago
22.

Saffyer    

Let's not forget Soulja Boi Records! :P

2473 days ago
23.

Lil Ty Ty(Tyquesha)    

Im Only 14 But I Know What Im Talking About..From My Understanding Soulja Boy Tell'em...He Is Not A Wanna Be Thug Why You Talking...Fighting Over A Dang Name Is Stupid Let Him Have The Name And Souljah Boy Claimed To Have The Name In The 1990s And Have Claimed It For 12 Years..I Havent Heard Of Him! Most Of Yall People Talking All This Talk Because That Boy Doing What He Does Best And He's Getting Paid For It And Most Of Yall Just Hating Cause He Has More Money Than Yall And If I Was To Become Famous I Wouldve Said My Name Lil Ty Ty...Soooo Somebody Is Going To Sue Me For Using Lil To? SOULJA BOY Dont Use Drugs But Maybe You Do..And If He Does It Was Proabally A Mistake And Nobody Can Judge Him But GOD...Yall Can Say Whatever Yall Want But Only God Can Judge Him...Leave Him ALONE...STOP HATING AND LIVE YOUR LIFE AND STOP TRYNA RUIN OTHERS BY SAYING STUFF...ALL YALL HATING NEED 2 STOP..DIE...GO 2 HELL...LIVE YA OWN LIFE!

2461 days ago
24.

Chey55    

I have 35 pages of Soulja Boy's music. What I found out was his music mostly fell into these categories: sex, pimping, drugs (selling), violence against women (slap dat hoe), weapons and disrespect for life (threaten to shoot someone, getting his arsenal purchased), disrespect for teachers, the Law, etc. He was inspired by 50 Cents and aspires to be better than 50 Cents. What does that tell you? The dances and the tunes separate from the lyrics are OK. But the dances were formulated for the songs. Any one who dances to the songs can only replay words and melody as you dance. An intelligent and conscientious person would listen to the lyrics before accepting it. Otherwise, it shadows its immoral and unethical aroma on its victims.

2459 days ago
25.

teela    

WELL SINCE EVERYBODY IS TRIPPIN OFF OF THE USE OF "SOULJAH", I GUESS SISTA SOULJAH IS GOING TO COME UP NEXT AND SUE BOTH OF THEM.....PUHLEEZ!!!

2458 days ago
26.

Ms. B    

please keep in mind, that we are talking about children. and in fact none of the rappers are using or have used the correct spelling of the word. this young man (superman) has made success in a rap song or hip hop, crunk whatever without wanting to shoot someone. the song may not make much sense or the dance but i can tolerate it simply because my daughter does not have to shake her behind to do the dance and my son still looks like a boy whens he does the dance. this is not that serious....let this young man do his song and dance....its far more worse that he could be doing!

2453 days ago
27.

Miguel Johnson    

The name's souljah boy, not sister souljah, not soulja slim, but I guess its o.k. when these big record companies or oldies singers wanna sue for using music or lyrics i guess it's allright then. Hell the money ain't coming out of his picket anyway. If you just do things properly none of this will happen. Learn to follow rules. And for the dummies who said that they could'nt spell, we know that you're not from the hood any how. It's just being artistic!!!!!!!!

2453 days ago
28.

Miguel Johnson    

Oh i guess it's O.K. when rich people decide to stop the less unfortunate from making money. Like Bill Cosby would'nt let my dude use FAT AL, he had 2 change it 2 AL FATZ. Sounds better anyhow, but understand the point, bill has the choice of letting him use his name or not, lil soulja boi never asked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

2452 days ago
29.

Pooh Baby    

I'm glad Crank That (Soulja Boy) is the number one song on the billboard,but yall can't be dogging him out like that. Just because he got somebody else name. It's the same name swith a (h) at the end. Soulja Boy got a sexy name, i might name my child after him (DeAndre. Soulja Boy use his whole name in most of his songs, so everybody should know thats his whole artist name.

2448 days ago
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