With the 10th Anniversary of the murderous attacks on America looming and tens of thousands of U.S. troops fighting wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, it seems strange that a rapper named "Soulja Boy" would release a song called "Let's Be Real" that contains insulting lyrics like:
"F— the FBI and the Army troops
Fighting for what?
B—-, be your own man
I’ll be flying through the clouds
With green like I’m Peter Pan"
Those are the actual lyrics from a new single from 21-yr-old Soulja Boy aka DeAndre Cruz Way.
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As one might imagine, this "song" is generating considerable anger among the substantial community of military families and veterans. There is already an online petition to ask Armed Forces Exchanges to stop selling all Soulja Boy merchandise and music. (Full disclosure - I have signed this petition on behalf of my friends and family serving and fighting for our freedoms all around the world.)
"He should apologize to ALL armed forces. [The rap] is very irresponsible."
There is also a response video to "Let's Be Real" from a reported combat veteran named Sgt Dunson. Dunson's answer to Soulja Boy makes it clear, he's demanding the rapper "Change Yo Name."
(Content warning. This clip contains raw and coarse language)
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Sgt. Leo Louis Dunson is no longer a member of the U.S. Military, he is currently chasing his dream of becoming a star in the hip-hop/rap world.
Yahoo News is reporting that Soulja Boy's representatives refused to answer requests for comments about the anger being generated by "Let's Be Real."
Could it be that Soulja Boy is not interested in what the military or their families think of his new release? Perhaps he has other problems.
According to sales reports, the military families are not the only ones shunning Mr. DeAndre Way (aka Soulja Boy). The album he released last December did not exactly blast out of the blocks. In its debut week, "The DeAndre Way" managed to sell only 13,360, putting it at #79 on the charts. Not exactly a success.
The brilliant Michelle Malkin brings us news that Soulja Boy didn't really mean what he said in his song.
So, the foul-mouthed rapper “Soulja Boy” told American soldiers to go “f**k” off in a new rap video and insulted them for not being real men.
Now, he says he didn’t really mean it — and, in fact, the reason he said “f**k” our “Army troops” is that he cares about them so much and respects them and just wants them home. Really.
Malkin published the official apology from Soulja's camp:
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.
…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.
Ms. Malkin's latest column introduces another response from US Army soldier Stephen Hobbs serving in Afghanistan.
(Mr. Hobbs' song also uses the language of the streets and a content warning is required - a STRONG LANGUAGE warning)
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H/T - Michelle Malkin