"Crank That (Soulja Boy)" is the Grammy nominated debut single by American rapper Soulja Boy from his debut album souljaboytellem.com. It spent seven weeks at number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2007. The song is recognized by its looping steel pan riff. The song was originally produced on the program Fruity Loops before being later reproduced.
Soulja Boy shares with Deborah Gibson the title of the youngest person to write, produce, and perform a U.S. number-one single. He is also the youngest person to write, produce, and perform a U.S. number-one single that stayed on the Hot 100 for seven consecutive weeks. Although the song was released prior to 2007, it did not hit at number one until then, at which time he was 17 years of age. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" is the number 21 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Best Songs of 2007. The song received a nomination for a Grammy Award for Best Rap Song at the 50th Grammy Awards.
The song achieved international success; so far, it has peaked at number two on the Top 40 Singles Chart in New Zealand. In the UK, the song peaked at number two when the track was released physically on December 17. It's Soulja Boy's biggest hit to date.
The video begins in the "ColliPark Residence" with two children imitating the Soulja Boy dance. Mr. Collipark takes a keen interest in the children's movements, leading him to contact Soulja Boy in an attempt to sign him up to "Collipark Records". His instinct is confirmed when he notices a number of people popularizing the dance, en route to meeting with Soulja Boy. This video was premiered on BET's 106 & Park on August 9, 2007. The music video features Bow Wow, Omarion, Unk, Baby D, Jibbs, Rich Boy, Arab and several dancers doing the signature "Soulja Boy Dance."
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