Rapper Soulja Boy arrested for violating probation after gun found at his Hollywood Hills home, police say

Rapper Soulja Boy was arrested the morning of Dec. 15 on suspicion of violating his probation, officials said. Here is some background on the rapper. (Dec. 15, 2016)

Rapper Soulja Boy was arrested Thursday morning on suspicion of violating his probation after police found a firearm in his Hollywood Hills home, officials said.

Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, was arrested about 7 a.m. at his home in the 3200 block of Dos Palos Drive, said Officer Jenny Houser, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Police Department.

It was unclear why police were called to the residence, but while officers were there, they found a firearm, Houser said. Because Soulja Boy is on probation, he is not allowed to own or possess a firearm.

The 26-year-old Chicago native was on probation for carrying a loaded firearm in a vehicle, according to Frank Mateljan, a spokesman for the Los Angeles city attorney’s office. The two-year probation sentence was scheduled to end this month.


The conviction stemmed from a 2014 arrest in Granada Hills. He was a passenger in a car when police pulled the driver over for allegedly running a stop sign. During the traffic stop, police found a concealed weapon, the LAPD said.

The rapper also was arrested on felony drug and weapons charges in 2011 after a traffic stop in Georgia.

He is best known for his song “Crank That,” which later inspired a popular dance.

The rapper is currently starring in VH1’s reality drama “Love and Hip Hop Hollywood,” which follows the lives of several aspiring rappers, recording artists and their significant others.

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3:00 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details about Soulja Boy’s probation.

This article was originally published at 11:20 a.m.