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At The Soulja Boy/Gucci Mane Video Shoot

After a sputtering start, teen Atlanta rap sensation Soulja Boy’s sophomore disc is off and cranking, with a No. 1 hit in “Kiss Me Thru The Phone” (featuring Sammie); the single “Turn My Swag On” headed in that direction; and yet another track – “Gucci Bandana” – primed and ready to go.

Under the direction of Mr. Boston, Soulja Boy shot the “Gucci Bandana”  video with featured artists Gucci Mane (above, second photo – and yes, out of jail after being sentenced to a year in the Fulton County Jail for violating probation stemming from an assault conviction where he hit a promoter in the head with a pool cue) and Shawty Low. Plus there were other local hip-hop notables (Mr. Collipark – with Soulja Boy in third photo, Rich Boy, Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, Slim Calhoun, Lil Rod) in attendance at the Coan Park location.

“This is the best video I’ve done so far,” Soulja Boy remarked between takes. “It looks like I’ve made it…And to have Gucci Mane, my idol, here with me — it just couldn’t get any better.”

Have you heard “iSouljaboytellem,” and if so surprised it got off to such a (relatively) slow start? Did you think Soulja Boy would be a one-hit wonder?

17 comments Add your comment

tsgrookie

April 13th, 2009
8:10 am

I’m impressed with Soulja Boy’s abilituy to consistently come up with catchy HIT songs ! He has a positive energetic, refreshing personality. I’m 43 years old & love his music. With his personality, I’m sure (and hope) that we will see him in movies soon. Do your thing Soulja Boy !

annoyned with Soulja Boy

April 13th, 2009
8:22 am

I guess all music has it’s place… I’m just fed up with the Soulja Boys of this world… The music says nothing… I’m waiting on that good good music to come back.> PLEASE COME BACK!

RC

April 13th, 2009
8:26 am

Remember when blacks had decent taste in music.I guess now days it only takes bass and some stupid lyrics to make a hit.

annoyned with Soulja Boy

April 13th, 2009
8:29 am

TO RC: wow… you ignoramouses are for real huh? Black had great music since Africa… that’s the only real music you haters know…

I’m no Soulja Boy musical fan.. but I applaud the young man’s business sense… additionally, there are plenty HORRIBLE white musican’s out there… go attack them…

shameful

April 13th, 2009
12:09 pm

annoyed…don’t entertain what’s doesn’t need to be entertained. foolishness doesn’t require acknowledgement.

Sarah

April 13th, 2009
3:11 pm

His music is horrible and I can’t believe anyone listens to it. He’ll be working at fast food before you know it. It’s sad that good music doesn’t get much play, but this crap plays 100 times a day

huh?

April 13th, 2009
3:12 pm

i too am not a big fan of soulja boy but i also admire his drive in business as a teen. I just don’t like the fact that Gucci man is his idol. His tunes are silly but hey!! he is doing what young people like – it is a money maker for him – so go for it!!

OleSchool

April 13th, 2009
3:12 pm

I’m going to have to agree with RC. There was a time when our music told our story and was a source of pride, dignity and something the entire family could vibe to. I can appreciate Soulja Boy’s business acumen but does the money always justify the means. How many of you would honestly feel ok playing his music around your grandmother as a shining example of what our forefathers produced. There is a stark difference between bad White artists and a poisonous culture that now exists and is promoted by Hip Hop and this is coming from someone who is from the Hip Hop era.

We have got to get off of this fixation of money, cars and ho’s. It’s not art. Art, in its purest form, is something that’s truly expressed regardless of the financial benefit. Would these guys really call their women b!tches if they weren’t paid to do it. I sincerly hope not. It’s modern day step-n-fetch it. I can’t fault all rappers though, because what we get in music is a by-product of the failure of our educational system. As Carter G. Woodson wrote, when you study and have a true appreciation of the arts, then your depth, range and experiences are reflected in your music. All we get now is silly bubble-gum hook lines and recycled beats.

huh?

April 13th, 2009
3:15 pm

sarah – the kids’ like it – and they are eating up so the only time i think he will be associated with fast food is if he owns the restaurant. just because you don’t like it, please don’t put the young man down. he is doing his thing and it is his time to shine. i agree with you his music isn’t the best – but he isn’t the worst either.

huh?

April 13th, 2009
3:18 pm

Ole School: as an adult i don’t think i or any other adult will be playing his music around “grandmother”. i don’t think any rap music would be appealing to a grandmother. His songs are not that serious they are silly and just the typical teen lingo being used today. As i stated, i am not a fan of it, but i wish him nothing but the best.

Sarah

April 13th, 2009
3:20 pm

What I mean is that he is the typical artist..here today gone tomorrow. The music today doesn’t last nor do the artist. It’s a fad that I hope will hurry up and pass.

OleSchool

April 13th, 2009
3:28 pm

“Huh?”

you didn’t get the parallel that I was attempting to draw. At the family reunion 25 years ago, was a lot different than the one I attended in 2008. You say that they are just teen songs but if you honestly talked to a teenager, they are embarrassed by the lyrics of these songs if they are played in front of adults.

You are right. Most grandmothers , even though they get younger and younger nowadays, don’t like rap, but we shouldn’t be ashamed to play the music in front of them.

I understand all of the music can’t be deep and address the societal ills that we face. However, there is virtually no balance at all in hip hop now. Do you find it odd that the few rappers that speak about anything socially relevant, are the most educated ones? There is nothing in our culture now that hasn’t been commercialized. Have you heard of the Obama Fried Chicken Restaurant?

Grow Up

April 13th, 2009
3:56 pm

I agree with OleSchool. I love hip hop, but this stuff the kids listen to today is not what I consider hip hop or music. When I was a teenager, my mother cringed at what I listened to also. Music will continue to evolve and not stay the same. Hip Hop is a genre and what most people do not understand is that it should not be put into the same category. There is contemporary, modern, classical..etc hip hop just like other types of music.

Wells

April 13th, 2009
4:31 pm

I don’t know that my Grandmother would have enjoyed Public Enemy at the family reunion. But based on the reunions and weddings I attended in 2008 I saw plenty of people (old and young) doing the “soulja boy” and dropping it to Low by Flo Rida.

I don’t blame the kids for liking artist like Soulja Boy. He makes music that they can party to. The music I grew up dancing to was Kilo, Luke, and 69 boyz.

I agree that there is not a balance right now, but the music industry is different and so an artist has to have a dance/club hit for their records to even get played on the can get people out to by the albums.

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April 14th, 2009
9:30 am

While I agree with the comments regarding the quality of music as well as its affects on the minds of the easily influenced. I also applaud Souja Boi for his business savy. While the music can tend to have major side effects on children and individuals with limited direction my hope is that Souja Boi’s music will grow and change as he does. Outkast is my FAVORITE GROUP EVER and I thank GOD for the messages taken from there music I have applied to my life. Artist can grow and bring substance to the table. If I am correct Souja Boi excelled academically?

Jaakkola27

July 30th, 2009
1:26 pm

I just think that it is sad for older people to put down the younger generation because of music. Music is a set time and the music that he does is in his time. Also gang banging is not all younger folks it started in the 70’s and 80’s. Kids relate to what is around them now, not back then because they weren’t around back then. That’s what wrong the world today, if its not your choice of music don’t listen to it and move on but don’t bash the young man. If you like Al Green, like him but why should i dis him?

NickiiLovezSouljaBoy

April 22nd, 2010
9:37 am

i nt lyk da fact how yall dissin hem lyk dhat alot of ppl lyk soulja boi. . .i LOVE hem 2 death i love his music n songz n lyrics his swaqq jus stop hate-n on hem. . .yall prolly nt even undastand hem im 16 bout 2 b 17 & i LOVE soulja he express himself in the sonq “Turn My Swaq On”. . . listen 2 da wurds kus sum of yall hate-n on hem 4 no reason let hem do hiz thanq. . .dnt nobodi wanna hear aqqressive music all dha tyme so SOULJA BOI cums out wit hype funn sonqz n i love it u hear hem on dha radio n dha clubz i LOVE hem do ya thanq De’Andre Way aka Soulja Boy

Nicole Smith
LOVE U Soulja Boy!!!