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

Parents say

age 11+
Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 35 reviews

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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.


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


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


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


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

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bybupz91 January 2, 2009


No Lyrical talent whatsoever. It's depressing that this is what rap has come to. Listen to Nas.
Parent of a 11-year-old Written byDebi005 June 21, 2011

Great CD

It's fun for the whole family (if you get the edited version). The edited version still has one f-word and one h-e-double hockey stick word in the song... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymola123 March 18, 2009


The real issue here isn't if it is appropriate or not, it's: How did rap fall to this level? It used to be sophisticated with the likes of Public Enem... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byspeyan727 September 15, 2018

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?

Music details

  • Artist: Soulja Boy
  • Release date: October 2, 2007
  • Label: Collipark Music
  • Genre: Hip-hop
  • Parental advisory: Yes
  • Edited version available: No
  • Last updated: July 14, 2015

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