Soulja Boy upset the entire country with his soldier diss this past week.
“F–k the FBI and the Army troops/ Fighting for what/ Be your own man” says the rapper in the newly released video, “Let’s Be Real.”
The lyrics, released around the time of the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, are causing quite the controversy.
Soulja Boy is said to be in the process of taking the music offline and although the rapper apologized and reportedly promised the troops free concerts and an in person apology, it may not be enough. According to TMZ, the soldiers are trying to get him banned from their bases with an online petition that’s circulating.
Soulja Boy released an apology through Global Grind earlier this week. The blog post read:
“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, 21, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way is best known for his popular songs including, “Crank That (Soulja Boy),” “Kiss Me Thru the Phone” and “Turn My Swag On.”