My name is Michael G. Holmes Jr., and my stage name is “Soulja Da Rebel” I was born in May of 1989, and I’m an up and coming rap artist from Chicago, IL. The name “Soulja” came from my bravery, toughness, and everything I survived throughout my life. A “Rebel” is who I am at heart. Most of the time, I’m not too fond of certain kinds of “Authority” and I also don't mind breaking a few rules or crossing a few boundaries when it comes to making music. It explains my hardcore lyrics and pain filled song concepts. I understand that I’m still growing and maturing not only as an artist and a songwriter but as a man. Everything in life is different, and my music should be too. It's time for me to break through the glass ceiling and try my best to venture out away from the anger and pain that's been trapped in my music for so long. I would like to display a more versatile approach to songwriting and recording.
My music journey as an artist began when I recorded my very first song inside a janitor’s closet of an art school where I was interning at the time titled "Personality Wise" back in 2005 when I was 16. At the time, I didn't know what to expect once the song was complete. When I finally heard the finished track I had a feeling in my heart and soul that to this very day I still cannot describe. All I know is that it was the best feeling I have ever felt in my life the feeling was even better than sex. As my verse echoed through the speakers with each word, I heard I fell more and more in love with creating music, and I stuck with it ever since then. When I first started making music, it was a getaway for me because as I grew up on the streets while I was in the DCFS system. It was very rough time period in my life, and I needed an escape. As I continued to get older with each song I did, I felt as if I had a purpose and music was my true calling. My purpose is to also show the young generation that no matter what you go through in life there is always a way out. It doesn't matter if it’s playing sports, going to school, or concentrating on a career. I want young folks to understand there is a way out. It just so happen that my way out is music.