Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Does Soulja Boy Need Attention?

Rapper Soulja Boy courtesy of musicrooms.net
Over the weekend, rapper Soulja Boy caught major of heat from both the media and the public  for his song Lets Be Real. It includes the following verse:

“F**k the FBI and f**k all the army troops… fighting for what? B**h be your own man… I’ll be flying through the clouds with green like I’m Peter Pan.”

Yes, a song dissing the military only a week before the 10 year anniversary of September 11.

As expected, military veterans, families and the general public alike all came out in protest to this song saying that it was offensive to the troops who protect our country.

Soulja Boy quickly issued an apology letter on GlobalGrind.com, stating that he didn't mean for his words to come out as they sounded and that he was merely frustrated:

I Am Deeply Sorry To All Members Of The United States Military Services And Their Families.”
As an artist, I let my words get the best of me. Sometimes there are things that we feel, things that we want to express, and when we put them on paper and speak them out loud, they can come out wrong.
When I expressed my frustration with the US Army, not only did my words come out wrong, I was wrong to even speak them. So, I write this to give my sincerest apology to all members of the United States military services, as well as their families that were offended by my most recent lyrics.
As a young man who grew up in the post-9/11 era, I have watched our country fight two wars that seem like they are never going to end.
I have seen thousands and thousands of our brave men and women get killed in battle and often times, I think for what? A lot of people in this country are struggling to make ends meet and I think a lot about what if we had never gone to war.
Where would our economy be? Our schools, our after-school and work programs, our streets? I mean, damn, 48 people got shot in New York City just this past weekend … in 3 days … I’m not saying that it is just because of a bad economy, but at a certain point we have to take care of our own people.
In no way would I ever want to offend those who are protecting our freedoms … a lot of homeboys who I grew up with, a lot of people who come from the neighborhoods we live in … In no way do I want to hurt any of our honorable soldiers who put their lives at risk, regardless of how they feel about the two wars we fight in.
I am just frustrated that we haven’t been able to bring you all home quick enough and my frustration got the best of me. I am deeply sorry.
~Soulja Boy
Now, for someone who hasn't had a single as successful as Crank Dat (Soulja Boy), was this entire situation merely to gain publicity for himself or was it something else?

Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, has been slammed by news outlets and military veterans since the song hit the Internet. However, since his apology, on his Twitter (@souljaboy), he has retweeted nearly every news outlets' reference to his apology letter along with celebrities and fans who either agree with his apology or agree with his verse in the song.

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