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Studio album by Soulja Boy Tellem
Released December 16, 2008 (2008-12-16)
Recorded 2008
Length 60:02
Producer Soulja Boy (exec), Drumma Boy, Natural Disaster, Polow da Don, Jim Jonsin, Mr. Collipark, Mr. Hanky, Zaytoven, John Boy, DJ GB,
Soulja Boy Tellem chronology
The DeAndre Way
(2010)The DeAndre Way2010
Singles from iSouljaBoyTellem
  1. "Bird Walk"
    Released: October 23, 2008
  2. "Kiss Me Thru the Phone"
    Released: November 26, 2008
  3. "Turn My Swag On"
    Released: January 26, 2009

iSouljaBoyTellem is the second studio album by American rapper Soulja Boy. It was released on December 16, 2008, by Stacks on Deck Entertainment, Collipark Music and Interscope Records. The album was mostly produced by Soulja Boy himself, along with several record producers such as Drumma Boy, Jim Jonsin and Zaytoven, as well as the guest appearances from Gucci Mane, Shawty Lo and Yo Gotti, among others. The album was supported by three singles: "Bird Walk", "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" featuring Sammie, and "Turn My Swag On".

iSouljaBoyTellem debuted at number 43 on the US Billboard 200, selling 46,000 copies in its first week.[1] The album received mixed to negative reviews, upon the release from music critics, who saw it as recycled material from his previous album.


The album's first original single was intended to be song, called "iDance", which was released online back in 2008. However, the song was dropped from the album for unknown reasons, with the possibility of "Bird Walk" catering more than towards Soulja Boy's original breakout single "Crank That (Soulja Boy)".


"Bird Walk" was released as the album's lead single on October 23, 2008. The song only managed to peak at number 2 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles.

"Kiss Me Thru the Phone" featuring Sammie, was released as the album's second single on November 28, 2008. The song peaked at number 3 on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming the rapper's second top ten hit on the chart.

"Turn My Swag On" was released as the album's third single on January 26, 2009. The song peaked at number 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States.

Other songs[edit]

The music video for "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em" was released on January 9, 2009.[2] The music video for "Gucci Bandanna" featuring Gucci Mane and Shawty Lo, was released on April 23, 2009.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[4]
ARTISTdirect 1.5/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[6]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[7]
IGN (5.5/10.0)[8]
PopMatters 2/10 stars[9]
RapReviews (4.5/10)[10]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[11]

iSouljaBoyTellem received generally negative reviews from music critics who felt that it was recycled material from his previous album. AllMusic's David Jeffries said that the album came up short when trying to re-create the success of "Crank That" but praised "Shopping Spree" in that it "suggests some crossover hopes and desire for hardcore rap acceptance."[4] Steve 'Flash' Juon of RapReviews said that the music "improved drastically" but still found the lyrics to be "as vapid and materialistic as it was before," concluding with, "Your best bet is to find a website you can listen to snippets of this album on and if one or two tracks strike your fancy, buy those. A whole album of SB's idiotic raps is still too much for one man or woman to take no matter how much better the beats are."[10] Writing for Rolling Stone, Christian Hoard also commented on how the beats were more bulky but the delivery in the songs lacked charm in them.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Producer(s) Length
1. "I'm Bout tha Stax (Intro)" Drumma Boy 3:20
2. "Bird Walk" Soulja Boy, Mr. Collipark 3:33
3. "Turn My Swag On" Natural Disaster, Top Cat 3:26
4. "Gucci Bandanna" (featuring Gucci Mane & Shawty Lo) Soulja Boy 3:56
5. "Eazy" Zaytoven 3:22
6. "Kiss Me Thru the Phone" (featuring Sammie) Jim Jonsin, Mr. Collipark 3:13
7. "Booty Got Swag (Donk Part 2)" Soulja Boy, John Boy 3:06
8. "Rubber Bands" Drumma Boy 4:14
9. "Hey You There" Soulja Boy 3:52
10. "Yamaha Mama" (featuring Sean Kingston) Polow da Don 4:38
11. "Wit My Yums On" Soulja Boy 3:28
12. "Go Head" (featuring Juney Boomdata) Soulja Boy 3:41
13. "Shoppin' Spree" (featuring Gucci Mane & Yo Gotti) Mr. Hanky 4:46
14. "Soulja Boy Tell 'Em" John Boy 3:31
15. "Whoop Rico" (featuring Show Stoppas)   4:06
16. "I Pray (Outro)" Drumma Boy 5:48
Total length: 60:02


Adapted from the iSouljaBoyTellem liner notes.[12]



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