Atlanta rapper Soulja Boy Tell Em has opened up about ruffling feathers with his music and how certain lyrics are more the results of unintentional freestyles.
The 21-year-old said although he may have taken some missteps with his music, he often tries to correct the problem before it becomes too big of an issue.
“Words are powerful. When I make mistakes I just try to come back and clarify what I meant,” Soulja Boy said in an interview. “I just handle [it] by having [people] around me that’s gonna be like, ‘Hey Soulja, you know, I don’t think you should say that sh*t.’ … Most of the time I go into the studio, if I’m not writing the song before I do the beat, I just freestyle. So that’s how I get messed up. If I say something bad on a track, most of the time, it was said non-consciously.” (Billboard)
A few weeks ago, Soulja Boy ignited tension by releasing a song entitled “Let’s Be Real” which took aim at the military.
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)
Prior to Soulja Boy’s team trying to have the track removed from the Internet, he issued an apology statement.
“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)
Ultimately, more than 3,000 military retail outlets threatened to boycott his 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)
On “Let’s Be Real,” Soulja Boy is heard rapping: “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.”
Check out some recent Soulja Boy Tell Em footage below: