The rapper-and-producer - whose first hit 'Crank That (Soulja Boy)' stayed at number one on the Billboard Top 100 for seven weeks - insists he was unsure about the quality of the tracks for his third studio album 'Dre' until he was praised by some fellow musicians.
He told Vibe magazine: "When I was in the studio with Kanye and when I was in the studio with Jamie Foxx I'd just spit a verse and say, 'Yo, what you really think about that? Give me you honest opinion.' "After I got that, I really found out that my s**t was hot, and people are not saying it just to say it. They really think it's dope."
The hip hop star thinks the reason his new record received so much praise was because he focused on making his raps more lyrical.
He added to Vibe magazine: "This time around I did a lot of research. I received a lot of constructive criticism, listened to different people's opinions, and then I sat down and bought a whole bunch of different albums, and listened to them all the way through - really listened to the lyrics.
"I just wanted to hear what they were saying. I took from all of that and mixed it into one."