Soulja Boy makes no apologies for the still-fresh ink on his body-the cross tattooed under his eye, the dollar sign printed on the side of his neck, the name "DRE" adorning his back. Two years after appearing as a baby-faced teenager on the cover of 2008 sophomore album "iSouljaBoyTellem," the 20-year-old has dramatically changed his appearance, but believes that his fans will recognize him now more than ever. "My fans love Soulja Boy. A tattoo's not going to change that," he says with a shrug. "They've grown with me. If anything, they're getting tattoos now too."
If the dozens of tattoos didn't make it crystal clear, Soulja Boy (real name: DeAndre Way) is no longer the 16-year-old kid from Atlanta who released "Crank That (Soulja Boy)," mastered social media promotion and watched the track become, according to Nielsen SoundScan, the 14th-best-selling digital song of all time, moving 4.6 million copies. Wearing a maroon letterman's jacket, a sparkling gold bracelet and matching wristwatch, the rapper/producer almost always smiles when he speaks but stays serious when discussing his work habits and the personal themes explored on his forthcoming third album, "The DeAndre Way."