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That $55 million Soulja Boy plane? Just kidding!

AJC archive photo

AJC archive photo

Soulja Boy did not buy himself a $55 million plane for his 21st birthday.

It appears widely circulated media reports indicating the young rapper had taken to the friendly skies were something of a publicity stunt.

No, really.

The source of the prank seems to be: Soulja Boy.

TMZ has the latest. Their report notes that the rapper went on the radio and told the interviewer he was in a “G5″ state of mind – and did not contradict the story about his swank new ride.

TMZ doesn’t sound too happy about being punked, either.

“When our reporter spoke with Soulja earlier this week — and asked him directly, he responded, “Hell yeah … I bought it.”

Say what you will about this gossip site but they’re usually accurate. They were the first to report Michael Jackson’s death, remember.

Soulja probably hadn’t fooled too many people with his $55 million fable, though. Gawker posted a story headlined, “Who gave Soulja Boy $55 million?” and of course many Buzz blog responses nailed this is a silly publicity stunt.

As you were.

40 comments Add your comment

fairburn1

July 30th, 2011
1:40 pm

soulija boy tell um!

SamIAm

July 30th, 2011
1:44 pm

I knew that was a joke. Soulja Boy do not have Jay Z type money. The End. :-)

Patrick Romano WAR DAMN EAGLE

July 30th, 2011
2:00 pm

E Buzz, TMZ, are these really reliable sources, I think Hell NO! What a joke, who gives a rat’s ass if he buy’s an upgraded seat in Coach, First Class, much less a private Jet. Gimme a break, useless..

Bishop Eddie Longs Red Panties

July 30th, 2011
2:19 pm

I think its funny as hell that TMZ got punked BAAHAAA HA HA HA !!

Mr. Ed

July 30th, 2011
2:26 pm

Another mystery solved.

Next!

Jennifer Brett

July 30th, 2011
2:37 pm

Patrick Romano:

I hear ya man. Maybe I will alert TMZ next time I buy a bidness class upgrade on AirTran. That will at least be true!

Jennifer

Ron

July 30th, 2011
2:37 pm

What a T H U G! He will be in jail or dead in years I am sure. Typical.

AFLAC

July 30th, 2011
2:57 pm

Awwwww, lookie at the AJC, trying to blame it all on TMZ…..even went as far as trying to promote their (TMZ’s) credibility so folks wouldn’t think the AJC was JUST as unreliable!

D

July 30th, 2011
3:05 pm

In the comments sections where the original story ran, I stated, “If it’s true, I wanted to go to Charlie Brown Field and see for myself.”

This should be a lesson to always fact check prior to posting a story. In accurate reporting will cause your reporting integrity to be questioned. It turns into finger pointing and he said, she said……

AFLAC

July 30th, 2011
3:10 pm

Sometimes, I don’t think TMZ cares whether a story is true or not, they just want to be the first to report it………….kinda like the AJC! LOL

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John Doe

July 30th, 2011
3:36 pm

In these tough economic times, who really gives a F**K!!!!

gunn smoker

July 30th, 2011
3:48 pm

What does Soulja Boy need an airplane for anyway? If he needs to fly, he can just extend his arms and Superman that ho.

Tom

July 30th, 2011
3:51 pm

It’s amazing the number of these types of entertainers who have absolutely no problem in lying…especially if it’ll squeeze that extra nano second in the spotlight. Maybe his career is on the down, and that called for desperate measures.

niceJennifer

July 30th, 2011
3:59 pm

Jennifer, why didn’t you vet this story before repeating the rumor. Being a reporting isn’t about reprinting, its about research and then writing.

ant banks

July 30th, 2011
4:03 pm

TMZ and JENNIFER got punked. i ain’t a reporter and i knew this was bs. you reported that the plane had 4 bars, as if you need more that 1. lol. BOTH of you all shoulda known better than this. tsk, tsk.

ant banks

July 30th, 2011
4:04 pm

RON,

listen to WHITE AND NERDY by weird al. SOUL-JA…soul (inner spirit) ja (of God).

it’s not soldier…DUMB ARSE

cheryl

July 30th, 2011
4:09 pm

what if people like ron never got any response? they would keep going. stop falling into the trap

Too many GA Racists

July 30th, 2011
4:12 pm

Ron,
Why do you not know how to remove your head from you ass? Get a life you neanderthal!

Too many GA Racists

July 30th, 2011
4:14 pm

Cheryl,

You’re absolutely right. Get into an argument with a fool and it isn’t long before no one can tell the difference.

This is Mrs.Norman Maine

July 30th, 2011
4:28 pm

Of COURSE he didn’t buy a $55 million plane. I knew that story was total B.S. and honestly you should have known better also Jennifer.

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boots

July 30th, 2011
4:54 pm

I think it is hilarious. Good for Soulja Boy for making the media – including the AJC – look stupid. Not that it is hard to do. It should make people think twice before considering TMZ a legit source of intelligent news. Come on…

Mr. Ned

July 30th, 2011
5:09 pm

Actually Soulja Boy’s little stunt has backfired. Now the world knows that this so-called rapper who has 3 million twitter followers had sold only 13,000 copies of his last album DeAndre.There are unknown artists who can sell 13,000 copies out of the back of their car trunk. Soulja Boy is supposed to be or at least until now was considered a major artist. This is a definite indication that Soulja Boy’s 15 minutes of fame is closing down. This $55 million private jet stunt also shows that Soulja Boy is desperate for publicity and anything that can help his very public embarrassing record sales.

Mr. Ned

July 30th, 2011
5:14 pm

Now that they mystery of this $55 million private stunt has been cleared up media outlets like TMZ, as well as fellow artists and fans will really point out tired Soulja Boy’s so-called rapping career really is. Besides the measly 13,000 records sold, they will play parts of Soulja Boy’s music and really have the public focus on how childish and just plain lousy his songs/rapping really is. I think Soulja outplayed himself and the public and media will react in negative fashion. Be careful Soulja Boy about what you wish for.

D.

July 30th, 2011
5:48 pm

All of media knew it wasnt true from the start, yet the media helped the stunt go on and on instead of checking facts or using common sense, the joke is on anyone who clicked and read the story..Soulja Boy Played the media and the media gave a wink and nod and played the readers….as usual.

justin

July 30th, 2011
6:13 pm

Jennifer seems like to me you are blaming the stunt on TMZ. Yesterday you clearly reported it as if it were the gospel truth. Once again the AJC does not fail. This paper will post a blog on any African-American just to get the racist responses. Well they succeeded again.

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aaron

July 30th, 2011
6:38 pm

TMZ has mor cred than the AJC

tom

July 30th, 2011
6:53 pm

This is too coo. The media needs to punkd more often

Bill Ayers

July 30th, 2011
7:00 pm

Oh no. Obama wont get paid now!

fairburn1

July 30th, 2011
7:27 pm

thanks so funny gunn smoker!

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July 31st, 2011
11:04 am

I remember when jokes were funny.

Tyler Perry's boyfriend

July 31st, 2011
11:08 am

So now will Mr. Boy fall back into obscurity?

carla roqs

August 1st, 2011
9:44 am

jennifer, this is my question: when you post a comment, it generally shows up in blue. i have thought in the past that the regular posts like ours, with jennifer brett may have been you as well; however, i seriously doubt you wrote that comment that shows today. why do you allow someone to get away with posting under your name?

carla roqs

August 1st, 2011
10:40 am

or i could be wrong, i do see “jennifer” as the “signature”– no biggie, just an inquiring mind.

Jennifer Brett

August 1st, 2011
11:54 am

Hey Carla you are correct. It does show up “blue” when bloggers respond. That is to indicate that it’s really us.

Jennifer