Souljaboytellem

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
Souljaboytellem Music Poster Image
Really bad in every inappropriate way.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 11 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 34 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive messages

A truly nasty, exploitively sexist take on women, along with an astounding degree of self-absorption.

Violence

Some violence of the "take yo arm and pull the trigger finger" variety.

Sex

Explicit sexual references: "I'm c--king on yo bitch ass" and "super soak that ho" are among the more poetic.

Language

An adolescent delight in saying four-letter words over and over again is the closest Soulja Boy gets to charming.

Consumerism

Many references to cell phone and sneaker brands and an insidious sense that things are far more important than people.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

A few references, but not the real problem here.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know -- and really, it's all they need to know -- is that Soulja Boy speaks more affectionately and personally about his cell phone (and other expensive possessions) than about the women in his life, all of whom seem to be interchangeable "hos." There's also plenty of swearing, product placement, and some violence.

User Reviews

Adult Written bysingersmartguy17 April 9, 2008

TERR-I-BLE!!!!

Soulja Boy is only like 18 years old. He should NOT be singing songs (if you can call them songs) like this. Sexual references abound and can be found on basica... Continue reading
Parent of a 3 year old Written byWhipItMan July 26, 2010

Fun for the whole family

Parents will love it. Kids will love it. I love it.
Teen, 14 years old Written bysega3dmm December 30, 2009
Kid, 11 years old December 24, 2010
Hate it! On the song Pretty Boy Swag its not for kids.i would recommend not listening to the dirty verson also when it said "Girls on my d--k" what th... Continue reading

What's the story?

Brace yourself for exploitive sexuality, relentless product placement, a bit of violence, and a world view in which things are far more important than people.

Is it any good?

Kids may be have memorized the dance steps to the mega hit "Crank That," but that's all they should be memorizing from Soulja Boy. It might be easy to chalk up his sexist and self-absorbed posturing to the exuberance of youth (the Atlanta-based "artist" is 17) until you remember that there are young performers out there who bring plenty of soul and talent to the table -- and he's not one of them. Adding (ear) injury to insult, his delivery is so amateurish that even those who don't mind all of the above will have trouble listening through to the end. With an apparent two-note vocal range and lazy, monotonous instrumental tracks, music fans need to know that there's nothing here to make SOULJABOYTELLEM.COM worth the trouble.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about Soulja Boy's stunningly sexist and nasty attitude about women. Does the fact that this artist is only 17 years old make it OK for him to be this clueless? Why does he need to talk about women this way -- does it make him sound tougher? Also, families can talk about how a single becomes so huge. What about "Crank That" caused it to sell so well?

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