Twenty-one-year-old rapper Soulja Boy recently released a video of a song with lyrics about the military so offensive that they’ve inspired Army personnel and veterans to petition to have his music banned from bases around the country:
“F–k the FBI/And f–k all the Army troops/Bitch, be your own man/I’ll be flying through the clouds/With green like I’m Peter Pan,” he raps on a new track titled, “Let’s Be Real,” which went viral on Labor Day.
This morning, the rapper (real name: DeAndre Cortez Way) issued a heartfelt apology via Global Grind.
“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,” he wrote in a statement. “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.”
He added, “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?”
It sounds like the rapper has a point of view many members of the military might even agree with. But how did all that get translated to “F— all the Army troops”?
We’d like to suggest that the next time Soulja Boy attempts to use a song to make social commentary, he should take the time to do a second — and maybe third — draft of the lyrics. That could ensure before a video goes viral that his views don’t “come out wrong.”
Read more at E! Online.
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