Friday, October 31, 2008

Soulja Boy Salutes the Slave Trade


"Shout out to the slave masters! Without them we'd still be in Africa...We wouldn't be here to get this ice and tattoos."
-Soulja Boy

See, this what ya'll get for constantly defending this little dude.

"Oh, he's only 17!"

"Oh, he's only for the kids!"


"Oh, stop hatin! He's smart, he knew how to work YouTube!"


Like I've been saying-- Soulja Boy's age is no excuse for the coonery. How old was Ice Cube when he first emerged and was writing rhymes for Eazy-- like 16? Mac Mall's Illegal Business was made when he was 16. L.L. emerged when was like 16. Hell, even Will Smith was a teenager when he came out. "Parents Just Don't Understand"-- now that's a song "for the kids."

This kinda shit is what happens when you consistently excuse people's coonish behavior, or write it off as not that seriuos. This little dude clearly needs some positive mentors in his life-- someone to knock him upside the head and help him understand the very basics of himself and his culture, before he goes out flashing his ignorance for the world to see. Which one of these rappers is gonna step up to the plate?

It's not enough to keep complaining about it. We all have to actively do something to address stuff like this.

11 comments:

Monk said...

I understand your call to action and not excusing the coonery, but I think you should also consider that maybe...just maybe he says ignorant shyt to get folks talking about him and stir up some free publicity. Hell, the lil' nigga started his career on the internet and it seems like he's still generating attention (whether good or bad) for himself by people talking about him.

Sorry, I can't knock that.

I do wish that more of the smart emcees out there got their just due in the spotlight, but I think a lot of that has to do with the public as a whole.

samax said...

i'm with you on this...
what a freakin' ass...

Nadine G. said...

I'm with you too girl. I mean, his wack rhyming, and stupid ass dances don't have much of anything to do with this right here. It's like, before, with "Crank That" and even "Marco Polo", it's just music. Mindless music, but it's music, that statement though... SMH, it's just too much.

QB said...

I agree with Monk that quite possibly he says stupid shyt like that for the free publicity

but I also strongy agree with you that this kid needs some positive mentors in his life. If he had some positive mentors in his life he might be more apt to not say such insanely asinine and retarded @ss shyt just to get publicity.

Dollarado Jae said...

He's a weak ass role model for the kids.. Its bad enough they get all this dope boy music to break down real from fake.. but then when someone their own age says some dumb shit like this. it just makes shit worse.. J I might have to repost your post on Turfscholar.com just to show my readers how ignorant this little dude can be.. I understand the controversy aspect for promo, but damn c'mon

4 Cryin Out Loud said...

at the end of the day, there's other ways to stir up publicity if that's what you're on.

i dunno man. i just hope there's not like a plethora of other 18 year olds out there that think like that.

Monk said...

You're right...there are other ways to stir up publicity but being the young nigga he is...he's gonna use what he got. You're right...he need role models and shyt. You're right in putting out how he's not a "positive" role model to teens...but I respect his business savvy if he or the right people are putting his money where it's suppose to be.

Also, there are TONS of 18 year olds that think the same way. But I feel like they're only partially responsible for that. At SOME point, we still have to blame OUR generation. The torch wasn't passed properly (granted, our ancestors didn't pass it to us in the best way either but...). These teenagers nowadays are the product of Reaganonics and being crack babies...what the fuck you expect?? Our hip hop heros rapped about it but the next generation is the PRODUCT of it.

And even though Souljah Boy marketed himself, it's STILL a nigga from our generation that REALLY put him on.

I'm not alleviating blame from him...I'm just saying there are GROWN UPS that should be held responsible also.
I'm just sayin'...

Moniek said...

I can't feel all the comments talking about 'business sense'. You can use common sense and realize that you don't got to 'respect' every damn thing that makes money. Damn. I know prostitutes that bought their momma a house and they friends all get Blahnik shoes every Christmas, but that don't mean I gotta 'respect they hustle.' We are supposed to be good enough to build empires with our dignity intact.

That said, I gotta point out that while I am betting his comments came from coonery; the sentiment isn't exactly born of coons. It is a sentiment that has been expressed by respected poets (Phillys Wheatley, anyone?). On the one hand, I have always considered her incredibly talented and highly well read, a thoughtful person. On the other hand, I have always suspected her of some coonery ways, so I'm not sure of my point...

4 Cryin Out Loud said...

18 year olds are not really direct products of reaganomics and the crackified tales that dominated the 80s-- like thats 30-40 moreso i think... soulja boy grew up in the late-late 90s, 2000s, during the clinton/bush eras. he was 10 in 2000.

like i said in the blog, his age does not excuse his ignorance-- AT ALL. 18 is old enough to know better than to say the dumb shit he said. like, do u not know egypt (tattoos) is in Africa? Have you never heard that diamonds are from Africa? Hell, have you never heard of the movie Blood Diamonds at least?

and i agree w/ moniek 100%-- there are certain things or "hustles" that are not worthy of respect. at some point you have to insert some morals/common sense/self-worth into the equation.

Monk said...

I understand that he was born in the 90's but his parents could of been fucked up because of all the shyt that transpired during the 80's. I believe that ignorance (or intelligence) doesn't exist in somone solely based their own doing. I'm not excusing it...just saying other people (or lack of) contributes also. If his parents, teachers, rolemodels, etc. don't teach him any better, they share some of the responsibility. If his managers, label execs, others in the industry who are of our generation or older don't school him on how to conduct himselves in interviews and what not, they share responsibility also.

I think it was Toure who conducted the interview in which Solja Boy made that statement. I think Toure is a smart dude from what I see. It'll be interesting to know whether or not he schooled the youngster about his ignorance or did he just take it for what it was, blogged about it and further perpetuated the ignorance. If he did the latter, shouldn't he be held accountable as well being that he's the older and wiser one of the two and he has the ability to say something? I think so.
Again, I'm not excusing the ignorance, but the generation prior to SB (read: ours) dropped the ball.

In regards to his hustle, I'm not going to knock it just because I may not agree with it. Everyone doesn't have the same morals or sense of responsibility or self-worth. I can't hold him to the same standards I have for myself.

Paperboi Pimpen said...

Mall was actually 15 when Illegal Business dropped, but it's all the same. damn! i missed this one. this lil nigga is everything that's wrong with our youth. fuck his marketing savvy.