Born DeAndre Cortez Way, he created the dance sensation "Crank That," which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2007. His debut album Souljaboytellem.com became certified platinum that same year.
He moved from Chicago to Atlanta to Mississippi in order to pursue a career in music.
He released the singles "Turn My Swag On" and "Kiss Me Thru the Phone," which was nominated for a Viewer's Choice Award in 2009.
His younger brother, Deion Jenkins, died in an auto collision in 2011. He also has an older brother.