A Guide to Chris Brown & Soulja Boy's Explosive Internet FeudTurnedBoxing Match

publish date: 2017-01-10
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Two weeks into 2017, Chris Brown and Soulja Boy's feud evolved from a social media spat into a highly publicized boxing match.
After the two stars traded barbs online stemming from Soulja Boy allegedly "liking" a post on Brown's ex Karrueche's Instagram, the feud quickly escalated. Here's an in-depth look into the artists' tangled web of online drama -- and why Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson have gotten involved.
Soulja Boy
Soulja Boy launched a viral attack on Chris Brown after he claimed that the R&B crooner allegedly threatened him for liking a photo of ex-girlfriend Karrueche Tran on Instagram. In a slew of videos targeting Brown, the "Crank Dat" rapper took stabs at Brown for his parenting skills, taunted him for his 2009 assault on his then-girlfriend Rihanna and accused him of using cocine. The rapper later issued an apology to Brown for igniting the beef. The peace was short-lived after he decided to team up with Floyd Mayweather for his upcoming bout. 
Chris brown just called me and said he wanna fight me because I liked @karrueche picture on Instagram this nigga a bitch --------
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) January 3, 2017Aye @chrisbrown pull up nigga I'll knock yo Bitch Ass out stop snorting so much coke nigga. FRUITS------
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) January 3, 2017Fuck @chrisbrown
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) January 3, 2017Fuck @chrisbrown
— Soulja Boy (@souljaboy) January 3, 2017
Chris Brown 
Once Chris Brown got wind of Soulja Boy's unapologetic comments, the "Party" singer issued a challenge to settle the score in the boxing ring. He requested that the two fight for three rounds, instead of going back and forth on social media. Brown mocked Soulja Boy for stirring up an imaginary beef and later posted his phone number on Instagram.
 THIS IS THE LAST SHIT IM SAYING ABOUT 2016!!! #OHB
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 6:06am PST
 A video posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 6:17am PST
 NO NO NO!!! --
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 7:05am PST
 WHAT HAPPENED???? THIS NIGGA SCARED!
A video posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 7:06am PST
 When the riga mortis set in. NOW THESE ARE THE HANDS OF A DRUG ADDICT. WHEN DOES HIS NAIL START? before the knuckle? Staph and I'm not talking about the people I employ! POT, MEET KETTLE.
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 1:12pm PST
 Ok... Ok... I'm done... For now
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 1:27pm PST
 Wow---------- #SOULJABOYTELLIN
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 1:32pm PST
 I know!!!! How many more Ls can he take?
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 1:38pm PST
 --
A video posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 7, 2017 at 8:37pm PST
 
Mike Tyson
After Soulja Boy locked in boxing veteran Floyd Mayweather as his trainer for the upcoming bout with Brown (slated for March), 50 Cent recruited Iron Mike to sign on as Chris Brown's right-hand. 50 called up Tyson on Instagram, and the former heavyweight champion vowed to teach Brown "every dirty trick in the book" to stymie his opponent. To further vex Soulja, Tyson released a snippet of his new diss track aimed at the rapper titled "If You Show Up."
 It's official. I'm going to train @chrisbrownofficial. Gonna teach him every dirty trick in the book to knockout @souljaboy. #showup #desertbeatdown #norunning #noexcuses @fredfrenchy
A video posted by Mike Tyson (@miketyson) on Jan 8, 2017 at 6:53pm PST
In studio. Dropping heat. Wait and see what this is about... pic.twitter.com/3jyDiUgcz6
— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) January 8, 2017 "IF YOU SHOW UP”... It's going down. I'm going to teach him how to knock your ass out @souljaboy. Song dropping soon on my YouTube with @chrisbrownofficial. Produced by @thedamonelliott. S/O @fredfrenchy.
A video posted by Mike Tyson (@miketyson) on Jan 9, 2017 at 3:02pm PST
 
Floyd Mayweather
All it took was a phone call from Soulja Boy to cajole Mayweather into joining forces for this highly anticipated match. Not only did Money May sign on as a promoter for the match between Soulja and Brown, he decided to train the "Crank Dat" rapper, as well. To show his allegiance, he took a photo with Soulja and even sat down with him during his interview with Hollywood Unlock.
 A photo posted by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Jan 5, 2017 at 5:15pm PST
 A photo posted by Floyd Mayweather (@floydmayweather) on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:52pm PST
 
Rihanna
Rihanna's name was dragged into the beef after Soulja Boy said in an interview with Hollywood Unlock that the beef with Brown "stems from Rihanna." Soulja Boy explained how he forged an alleged relationship with the "Work" singer after her relationship with Brown dissipated in 2009. Rih, on the other hand, has kept silent throughout the ordeal.
 
Karrueche Tran
Soulja Boy "liking" one of Tran's pictures on Instagram allegedly sparked the spat between him and Brown. When Tran chimed in on the beef, Brown immediately fired back with a fiery response.
 #Karrueche comments on this whole #SouljaBoy and #ChrisBrown feud #clapbackseason
A photo posted by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:31am PST
 DIS A DUB!!!! You shoulda just shut up! AND DONT TRY TO GO BACK AND FORTH!! I GOT ALL DAY!
A photo posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 9:40am PST
 
50 Cent
Known for his business savvy, rap mogul 50 Cent viewed Soulja Boy and Chris Brown's beef as a potential revenue stream. He quickly suggested that Floyd Mayweather's boxing company, Mayweather Promotions, set up the fight. 50 sided with Brown, placed a $100,000 bet that he would walk out victorious, and aided him in luring Mike Tyson as his trainer.
In addition to promoting the fight, 50 Cent also has been hurling jokes Soulja Boy's way. Last week, the Queens MC claimed that the rapper was robbed in L.A. "Soulja Boy just got Robbed in LA, don't worry ya big homie Floyd can buy you another chain. But you bet not call POLICE little man. #thefightstillon LMAO," he wrote in a post. 
 Tell Soulja I said stop apologizing, get the Draco out build up the hype for the fight. #putthemoneyonthewood I'm covering the bet for every set. LMAO
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:17pm PST
 This is me trying to breaking up the Soulja vs. CB fight. LMAO that's what happen when you try to say sorry. --
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:44pm PST
 We talking money now, BIG MONEY CHAMP said he will take the bet. Mayweather promotions is gonna promote the fight. This is the shut up, or put the money up challenge. #wherethebagat
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 4, 2017 at 4:26pm PST
 If we ain't talking big money, --we ain't talking. Now a whole lot of IG stunting been going on. Where that money at? #wherethebagat
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 4, 2017 at 7:07pm PST
 UP DATE, BIG FIGHT NEWS, we might have to do this at the BX FIGHT CLUB.
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 6, 2017 at 12:21pm PST
 Soulja boy just got Robbed in LA, don't worry --ya big homie Floyd can buy you another chain. But you bet not call POLICE little man. #thefightstillon LMAO
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 6, 2017 at 4:40pm PST
 Breaking News: It's Show time Baby!!! #putthegunsdown lol
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 6, 2017 at 5:00pm PST
 More breaking News : Watch me work, I got Iron mike on the line. #thefightstillon
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 6, 2017 at 5:11pm PST
 The show must go on Soulja, forget the chain, train --. #putthegunsdown #thefightstillon
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 6, 2017 at 7:02pm PST
 Man this is gonna be something to watch. Lol #putthegunsdown #thefightstillon
A photo posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 7, 2017 at 5:19am PST
 The fight is on, it's on the News. Lol
A video posted by 50 Cent (@50cent) on Jan 10, 2017 at 7:43am PST
 
Instagram Fail 
Last week, Soulja Boy went on Instagram Live while visiting a nearby neighborhood in California. "What’s going on, man? They say Soulja Boy ain’t from the hood,” said Soulja before embracing an unknown man. The man immediately pushed Soulja off, causing his phone to drop and ending the chaotic Instagram Live session that led viewers to believe the rapper was jumped. Brown then shredded Soulja Boy for his failed attempt in trying to prove his street cred.
 A video posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 3, 2017 at 6:24pm PST
 @adamscherr99 @wweaallday21 @spifftv it's been amazing to see how many people tune in to negativity. NOW THAT WE HAVE YOUR UNDIVIDED ATTENTION.... BOXING MATCH SET. Legally. Man to Man. NO MORE DISSING AND NO MORE BULLSHIT. ME AS A BLACK MAN, looked back at my actions on social media and what I though of myself is this... "CLOWN". SO THIS ISNT AN APOLOGY. IM TAKING RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY IGNORANCE. @adrienbroner @floydmayweather @50cent WE IN THE RING WIT IT. TAKE YA BETS NOW. #CELEBRITYBOXING CHALLENGE ACCEPTED. #stayclassy #OHBSPORTS @twincharlo @futureofboxing
A video posted by 1 YOU ❤️ 2 HATE (@chrisbrownofficial) on Jan 4, 2017 at 5:19pm PST

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