Rapper Soulja Boy most likely stays finest recognized for his 2007 viral hit track “Crank That (Soulja Boy).” However the now-30-year-old rapper has one other declare to fame as nicely: In line with him, none aside from Steve Jobs visited Soulja on the set of his first music video and introduced him the primary iPhone.
Not less than, that’s the story Soulja Boy shared in a clip from an upcoming podcast interview for Million Dollaz Value Of Recreation. “I used to be the primary rapper with the iPhone,” Soulja Boy says. “It was ‘Crank That’ video shoot 2007. Steve Jobs and the Apple group got here. I used to be within the swimming pool, doing the academic dance. Exhibiting the individuals find out how to do the dance … They got here, they introduced me the iPhone.”
Simply in case you assume Soulja Boy is utilizing the identify figuratively (as in, “Steve Jobs made me the best pc I’ve ever owned”), one of many podcast hosts clarified, “Steve Jobs himself got here?” Soulja Boy responds, “Sure, Steve Jobs. And Apple, the entire group. They mentioned, ‘this the primary iPhone.’”
True or not?
On the floor, the story sounds type of bogus. However Soulja Boy isn’t completely making this up. One Twitter consumer dug up some classic 2007-era footage of Soulja Boy flossing with an unique iPhone on the day of launch.
That definitely makes Soulja Boy one of the primary individuals (rappers included) to personal an iPhone. However was he the primary? Most likely not. The “Crank That” video premiered on BET’s 106 & Park on August 9, 2007. That was a few months after the iPhone went on sale in June 2007. Cult of Mac reached out to “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” music video director Dale Resteghini, who mentioned, based mostly on his data, the video was shot on July 17, 2007. This might be roughly two weeks after the iPhone went on sale in America.
However Resteghini does bear in mind Apple representatives (he didn’t specify whether or not this included Jobs or not) coming to set. “I can verify that Apple reps have been on set,” the director famous. “I don’t understand how lengthy they have been on set. Nevertheless, I do clearly recall being knowledgeable … that Soulja Boy was going to be half-hour late to the ultimate setup of the day, which was [the] grasp efficiency within the gymnasium, resulting from a enterprise assembly.”
A giant Apple fan
What does that imply? If I used to be a betting man, that Apple heard about one of many largest pop stars of the 12 months selling its merchandise and met with him. Apple has loads of celeb followers, and Soulja Boy was yet another. I’d be shocked if Steve Jobs himself visited the set, however stranger issues have occurred. And, hey, even when the reality and timeline might have been barely stretched, it’s laborious to hate on a rapper who’s clearly a giant Apple fan!
With that in thoughts, right here’s a reminder of the “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” music video which was virtually unfathomably fashionable across the time of the iPhone launch: