Our shared simulation appears to be glitching: Soulja Boy has signed Tom Hanks' son, Chet Hanks, to a deal with his label, Stacks On Deck Money Gang (SODMG). Check out this clip where they make things official.
Soulja announced Chet as his newest signee to his 6.5 million IG followers, saying he's the "first rapper" to give Chet, 31, a record deal. (That's a fact.) They also claimed Chet's debut album is "on the way," though few other details were offered regarding their plans.
Stylized as Chet Hanx on streaming platforms, the actor-turned-rapper has released 2 singles this year, "DAMN!" and "White Boy Summer," garnering 36,000 Spotify monthly listeners.
He began dabbling in hip-hop 10 years ago when he dropped his first track, and he later played a rapper named Blake on the TV show 'Empire.'
Many people were introduced to Chet at the top of 2020 when he went viral for his use of a Patois accent at the Golden Globes. While his profile skyrocketed, some felt he was appropriating Jamaican culture. One person even labeled the moment "verbal blackface."
More recently, Chet turned heads when he declared this summer "White Boy Summer" and pointed to not only himself but 2Pac collaborator Jon B. and Jack Harlow as examples.
The wave quickly lost steam, in part due to merch he released that used an Old English font similar to what's preferred by white nationalist groups.
But the most backlash was sparked after he posted this controversial and poorly informed anti-vax clip. Making the unexpected message weirder is that Chet's parents, Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, were both hospitalized with COVID-19 in March 2020.
Riding the momentum of current hits like "She Make It Clap" and "Rick & Morty," maybe Soulja can morph Chet into SODMG's next star. Other artists on the SODMG roster include Skinnyfromthe9 and Hoodtrophy Bino.