Soulja Boy

Religion, politics, and ideas ofSoulja Boy

Summary

Soulja Boy hasn't spoken about religion, but his southern-American roots suggest a Christian influence at least.

Soulja Boy is an Obama-supporting, anti-war Democrat who can be quite eloquent about his views when he wants to be.

Editorial

Soulja Boy was born in Chicago, Illinois and grew up in Atlanta, Georgia.

He hasn't said a word about his religious views or affiliations. He did freestyle rap a song called "Nu Religion," but it's nothing more than a long description of his experiences (made up experiences, presumably) shooting people.[1]

Having grown up in the South, we can assume he was surrounded by Christianity. And the city of Atlanta has more Protestants than anything else.[2] So, protestant Christian, then?

Anti-military Soulja

Soulja is an Obama supporter and he turned 18 in 2008 just before the elections. But his reasoning wasn't only race-related. Citing Obama's promise to end the Iraq War, he said:

I'm pretty much going for Obama. [He's] got my vote. I'm starting to sweat it. The war is crazy right now. My auntie's over there, so we'd love to see them come back real soon.[3]

We can assume he continued his support of the president into 2012 because in 2011, he released a song called "I Am Obama." The track is full of praise of the president.[4]

But continuing his anti-war concerns, Soulja Boy angered some in the establishment with the lyrics:

Fuck the FBI and the army troops … fighting for what? Be your own man … I'll be flying through the clouds with green like I'm Peter Pan.[5]

After a swift backlash, Soulja released an eloquent aplology, the entirety of which can be found here. It's worth reading. The best part might be:

As a young man who grew up in the post-9/11 era, I have watched our country fight two wars that seem like they are never going to end. I have seen thousands and thousands of our brave men and women get killed in battle and often times, I think for what? A lot of people in this country are struggling to make ends meet and I think a lot about what if we had never gone to war.[6]

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