Soulja Boy Falls In Hot Controversy Over “F***k The Army Troops” Lyric

Posted September 9, 2011 by J Matthew Cobb in News

Soulja Boy gets “f****d” the hard way after anti-military lyrics hit the Net

With the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaching and with acts of patriotism highlighting the weekend’s events, Soulja Boy is caught in a pool of dangerous controversy over an anti-American protest lyric heard in “Let’s Be Real,” a leaked song he wrote on his blog post and was made public on Labor Day weekend.

“Fuck the FBI and fuck all the Army troops /Fighting for what? /Bitch, be your own man.”

Since the lyrics were published, the “Pretty Boy Swag” rapper has since apologized for his choice of words and explained that he was was trying to vent and let out his frustrations. But you betcha’ our proud servicemen, called to protect the ole Red White and Blue, aren’t having it. Fred A. Flores, Los Angeles County veterans advising commissioner, spoke with TMZ and called for the DeAndre Cortez to “apologize to all armed forces.”

A petition was made public by veteran Sgt. Dunson urging the public to stop purchasing his music and also asking Soulja Boy to change his name and his lyric: “You ain’t no fuckin’ soldier, boy.” Additionally, top military personnel at the Army and Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), which oversees merchandise sold on military bases, vowed not to stock his future project if the controversial track makes the final cut. That would obviously cut into the disc’s profitability.

Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams doesn’t buy Soulja Boy’s apology, citing that he’s only doing it to salvage his career. “The guy’s now so cowed he has to whimper that it was wrong to “even speak” something disrespectful to the troops? Seriously?,” she says. “Genuine contrition for a legitimately insensitive — and often spur of the moment — bad decision is always welcome. But there’s a difference between realizing that getting drunk and going on a Twitter rant is a terrible idea, or admitting that you’ve got to work on your thoughtless, flippant homophobia, and simply backpedaling on a project that clearly took plenty of time, thought and collaboration to put together. The whole, “Oh my gosh! I guess I hadn’t realized!” shtick doesn’t ring sincere.

Philadelphia music legend Bobby Eli, known for writing his work with Luther Vandross, Blue Magic and the Spinners, also found Soulja Boy’s words very insensitive. “I am going to test the power of social networking and see if this reaches him,” Eli stated in a Facebook status message. “But anytime he wants to defend that statement, I know a lot of people who would gladly oblige.”

Since the barrage of protests have leaked to social networking websites, Soulja Boy has also announced that he has scrapped the idea of releasing the single on his upcoming project Respect My Hustle.  His representatives are also doing their best to erase away any existence of the single from websites along with yanking the lyrics off of the web entirely, as if the incident never happened.

And just announced: Soulja Boy won’t be a soldier on US army bases any time soon. He has since been banned from all U.S. military bases.

Soulja Boy’s last album, The DeAndre Way, performed horribly when compared with his 2008 debut. It debuted at No. 90 on the Billboard 200 (13,360 copies) and fell off the charts weeks after. Despite his proclamations of and some critical acclaim on his progression into more mature content, the album has only sold 80,000 copies to date.

Good luck on No. 3.

So what do you think?
An NWA moment gone wrong?
Should he be forgiven?
Do you Soulja Boy believe he’s sincere in his apology?

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J Matthew Cobb

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