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“Soulja Boy:” A self-serving apology to the troops; Update: Troops respond on Youtube

By Michelle Malkin  •  September 6, 2011 09:49 AM

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.

More on the supposedly heartfelt apology in a moment.

The story came to light over the weekend on TMZ:

A proud military veteran is demanding an apology from Soulja Boy — after the rapper posted a video saying, “f**k the army troops.”

Soulja ignited a wave of controversy this week over his new song, “Let’s Be Real” — which includes the lyrics:

“F**k the FBI and the army troops … fighting for what? Be your own man …

… I’ll be flying through the clouds with green like I’m Peter Pan.”

Here’s the video. Warning: It’s profanity-laced and headache-inducing:

Rap mogul Russell Simmons is “proud” of Soulja Boy for this “emotional” apology:

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.

A truly sincere apology would have acknowledged that “Soulja Boy” (what a name for a coward who disses the troops, eh?) was pandering to military-hating fans, not “expressing his frustration” over long, military engagements.

Note that no apology was made to those who serve in the FBI.

Just wondering: Has “Soulja Boy” ever penned lyrics telling jihadists to “f***” off? Be your own man for once, “Soulja.” Try it.

The next most offensive words in his apology: “As an artist…”



The Military Times notes that our troops have enjoyed and supported “Soulja Boy’s” work in the past. Maybe they’ll think twice now:

I think it’s safe to say Marines won’t be dancing to “Crank That (Soulja Boy)” at the Marine Corps Birthday Ball again this year.


LOVE this. An Army sergeant responds Leo Dunson (website here) to “Soulja Boy” with his own rap — “Change Your Name” (NSFW – language warning):


Update: More troop responses on Youtube — language warning — via This Ain’t Hell:

Army soldier Stephen Hobbs in Afghanistan has his own rap for Soulja Boy:

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