News: Soulja Boy Tell Em Banned In Military Stores, Axes Controversial Record
Thursday, Sep 8, 2011 5:05PM
Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em continues to face more heat as his new "Let's Be Real" is now getting boycotted from a number of military retail outlets.
According to reports, more than 3,000 stores will no offer Soulja Boy's music.
Soulja Boy's Army-bashing situation is approaching DEFCON 1. The U.S. military announced that it will boycott the rapper's upcoming album if it contains the controversial song "Let's Be Real. Almost immediately after, the armed forces reacted strongly against the rapper and have installed a ban on his album in over 3,000 Army and Air Force Exchange Service stores. The Exchange is set up by the United States Department of Defense to sell products, with the purpose of generating income for the United States Army and Air Force Morale. The move was announced by LTC Thomas Shrader, who also said that the lyrics "are unacceptable and not the kind of thing we would want to market." (New York Daily News)
While the military has already taken action, Soulja Boy's camp is also trying to remove the song from viral outlets.
Soulja Boy and his camp continue their effort to do damage control. After issuing a public apology over his army-offending song "Let's Be Real", the "Turn My Swag On" rapper confirmed through his rep that they are taking down the track from the internet. The representative for Soulja's management team, Debby Coda, revealed to TMZ that they along with the people from his record label have been working nonstop to remove all traces of the viral video from the web. Accordingly, they have started the cleaning since a week ago. (Ace Showbiz)
Following its controversy, the rapper stepped forward and apologized this week.
"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." (Hollywood Reporter)
An ex-military official has released a diss track going at the 21 year-old rapper.
Retired Marine Fred A. Flores has already branded the lyrics "offensive" and an online petition has been started, campaigning for the star's music to be banned from U.S. military bases. Now former infantry sergeant Leo Dunson has slated Soulja Boy, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, in a track called "Change Your Name." (OK! Magazine)
Check out some recent Soulja Boy Tell Em footage below: