Soulja Boy has been in the industry for quite a while now and though it may be difficult for some to view him as such, he is an elder statesman in the game today. As such, Soulja Boy is in the position to offer advice to up-and-coming artists that could see them reach his level of longevity, minus the controversies.

While speaking with HipHopDX about his new Revolt series The Life Of Draco, Soulja Boy advised young artists to make a choice between the streets and their rap careers.

“I got favorite new rappers, but they be getting locked up,” he said. “Free the young talent, man. We got to keep our new talent out the streets. Every time I find a new rapper, they getting locked up. So free the young rappers, man. I know it’s hard in the streets, but you can’t be in the streets and be a rapper at the same time. You got to separate it.”

“To everybody that’s out there listening, man, if you want to be a rapper and take it seriously, you can’t have one foot in and one foot out, man. You got to have both feet in, man. You know what I’m saying? A lot of people want to be in the streets and rap at the same time, which is what the people want because it’s our life story.

“But once you get that chance where you can see that your platform is elevated from the streets now, when you got millions of eyes on you and you got millions of dollars in revenue, you got to switch it up.”

Soulja Boy concluded by saying, “So it got to be a point where you just got to get out the streets. A lot of artists want to stay in the streets, and it’s hard. I would want to be in the streets too, but I can’t be in the streets and be an actor and be No. 1 at the box office. I can’t be in the streets.”