I’m not sure how many U.S. troops were hardcore Soulja Boy fans to begin with, but if any of our country’s servicemen or servicewomen are planning to buy any of the rapper’s albums, they won’t find it on the shelves near their bases.
According to reports, the U.S. Department of Defense is boycotting Soulja Boy’s music and removing it from its over 3,100 facilities after he bashed them on his song “Let’s Be Real.” The track, featured on the rappers “Respect My Hustle” record, offended the department for its comments about law enforcement officers and army personnel. The lyrics in question are:
Im On Da Loose
F*ck Da F.B.I. & F*ck All Da Army Troop
Fightin’ For What
B*tch Be Yo Own Man
While its bad enough that Soulja’s lyrics are close to the most horrible thing in life, they’re also very insensitive to those fighting to protect his goony taken for granted freedom. Still, if there is some flicker of light, Soulja did offer up his apology in a letter penned on his GlobalGrind blog. In it, the remorseful rapper writes:
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.
What do you think of Soulja’s lyrics about the troops? Was his apology enough? Is the Army right to keep his album off their shelves? Weigh in Clutchettes and gents- tell us what you think!