Soulja Boy has opened up about his staggering earnings from “Kiss Me Through the Phone,” revealing he was pulling in as a lot as $100,000 a month on the peak of its recognition.
The Atlanta rap veteran sat down with HipHopDX to replicate on his 2008 hit single, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard Sizzling 100.
Soulja Boy defined how he was making six figures a month, however not essentially from the tune itself. As an alternative, the vast majority of the cash was generated by followers calling and texting the cellphone quantity, 6789998212, which was sung by Sammie within the tune.
“We gotta get the number back, man,” he stated. “That number so legendary, man, you know how they do. It used to be my number. It actually was my number at a point in time. When I first dropped that song, that was my number.
“Alright, let me tell y’all the real story. Boom. So that number was like a fan line. So every time somebody called that number, I was getting paid off of that shit. It was like a subscription. You could text it or call it, so I was probably making like $100,000 a month off of that, just people calling that number.”
He continued: “So probably after like two years, three years or something, the company that I had the number with, they shut down. So I guess once they shut down, somebody came and got the number, you feel me? But I gotta get that number back though, for sure.”
Soulja Boy went on to debate the success of “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” and his choice to place Sammie on the hook after initially eying Chris Brown because the featured artist.
“‘Kiss Me Thru the Phone,’ bruh, that song — so many fucking streams, bro,” he stated. “It just went so many times platinum like yesterday or something. That’s like one of my biggest songs, too. When I was originally making that record, I knew it was gonna be big, but it was like, I knew I wanted somebody to sing the hook.
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“I wanted to sing it myself originally, but I was like nah, I really wanna give it that extra feel. And now I see the success that it got, I feel like I was right.”
He added: “I was trying to get Chris [Brown] on that muthafucka. Chris was supposed to sing the hook, bro. I don’t know what happened though, so that’s why I don’t even speak on it. Shout out to Sammie though, you feel me. He killed it.”
“Kiss Me Thru the Phone” was produced by Jim Jonsin and appeared on Soulja Boy’s second studio album, iSouljaBoyTellem. It’s the second largest single of his profession following his breakout hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” which topped the Billboard Sizzling 100 in 2007.