UPDATE: Soulja took to Global Grind and apologizes:
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.
The controversy over rapper Soulja Boy’s comments regarding the United States military and the FBI continues to grow.
The rapper is under fire for comments he made about the U.S. armed forces on a new track titled “Let’s Be Real.”
“F**k the FBI and the army troops/fighting for what?/Be your own man/I be flying through the clouds with green like I’m Peter Pan” Soulja Boy raps on the track.
Now, a former military veteran has filed an online petition, seeking to have the rapper’s music banned from all U.S. military bases, while another rapping veteran has released a diss record aimed at Soulja Boy.
“Many Americans, civilians and military personnel, have requested that you please discontinue any and all of Soulja Boy’s memorabilia,” reads the petition, which already has over 1,000 signatures.
“In doing so, you would not only earn the respect of the American audience but you would also create a peace among all Americans today,” the petition states. “Military personnel have become greatly offended with the previously mentioned song and removing said artist would ease a lot of the tension and violence that has been created.”
According to TMZ.com, a former infantry sergeant and five-year combat veteran who raps under the name “Sgt. Dunson” disses Soulja Boy in the new song “Change Your Name.”
Sgt. Dunson said that Soulja Boy song was the most “ignorant thing I’ve heard in so long” and he was especially offended, because of the upcoming anniversary of 9/11.
Representatives for Soulja Boy have yet to comment.