Recording Artist Soulja Boy arrives at the 2009 BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium on June 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Soulja Boy (Getty Images) Soulja Boy Tell 'Em is trying to redeem his reputation with the armed forces by apologizing for the the lyrics to his new song, "Let's Be Real."
The rapper, real name DeAndre Cortez Way, offended members of the armed services with the line: "F--k the FBI/ And f--k all the Army troops/ Bitch, be your own man." And Army personnel have gone so far as to start a petition to ban Soulja Boy's music from Army bases.
After getting wind of the controversy, the rapper released this thorough mea culpa Monday: 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. Soulja Boy also tweeted his remorse with a hint of defensiveness: "I'm sorry I didn't know my music was listened to by so many ears I didn't mean any disrespect. some people just mess with me. y'all know it," he wrote.