Soulja Boy Tell'em: "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"

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You know, I came across this

You know, I came across this song via a Youtube fanvideo that edited "Bambi" to this song. Admittedly, it is one of my fave vids, but that was largely because I could not understand the lyrics hardly at all.

But having read your post and taken a look at the lyrics, I feel like Bambi & Thumper got played, so to speak.

The thing that I find jarring is that I learned of the fanvid in an article in the NY Times, and NOWHERE in the article did the author mention the meaning of the lyrics. He only focused on the marvel that Disney hadn't yet sued or delivered cease-and-desist papers. Because, of course, in a rap that's all about glorified masturbation, the only thing that might actually merit concern is the question of creative rights.

Anyway...very thought provoking post.

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Posted by K in TTown (not verified) on 1 October 2007 - 12:33am
This is not what the song

This is not what the song refers to, I listen to rap and when referring to 'in this hoe/bitch' - he means 'place/ environment'...superman is just a dance move as is robocop, spiderman and any other popular characters.

Thank you

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Posted by James nesbit (not verified) on 10 November 2007 - 10:07am
Schwoogs

So when i call people schwoogs or Tutzoons than its ok because I MEAN sometinng Different RIGHT!

Grow up GET A JOB - Listen To REAL MUSIC That LASTS more than a month on the charts.

The Children of today are LOST and its the parents FAULT!

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Posted by Brian Swift (not verified) on 14 February 2008 - 2:50pm
lol it's not "just a dance move"

"Supaman that ho" means to ejaculate on a girl's back and then stick the sheet to it, so that when she wakes up, it's stuck and she looks like she has a cape on. It's a pretty common term, been around long before Crank That came out.

Soulja Boy told some DJs exactly what the song was about and there's no sign of him being confused about what a bitch or ho is, or what superman a ho means.

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Posted by Jadalina (not verified) on 4 March 2008 - 1:13am
what!

well look up what hoe and bitch really means well super man means the f word you know where i am going our children in this generation listen to this and don't what it means. But Example if someone called a young lady a bitch they be ready to fight but if you put some beats and rythm to it okay "refering to the song". i was asking a girldo you really know what that song really means she says "yeah"but that don't mean that is his life style.........

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Posted by kim (not verified) on 1 September 2008 - 12:30am
You opened my eyes!

Thank you for spelling it out!! I knew in my heart that there was something really dark about this song. My kids are running around singing it and when I heard it on the radio it was apparant that a number of the words had been cut. No wonder! - Even the FCC knows better.

If you look at Soulja's website he has a video for Soulja girl . . . and all these innocent looking young ladies are clammoring to see him - shall we say idolize him. There are some sinister jerks lauging all the way to the bank on this one.

I'm going to pass your research on to others and lets get the word out. It's disgusting to support this crap in any way, shape or form.

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Posted by Beckster (not verified) on 2 October 2007 - 8:25am
you stupid bitch dont

you stupid bitch dont
critize people got talentcuz they .
hoe hoe hoe bitch bitch bitch

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Posted by bb on 2 October 2007 - 11:11am
Case in point

...how small minds can be influenced by pop culture.

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Posted by media girl on 2 October 2007 - 12:37pm
You need to clean it up

This song, i find, is so degrading. I being a girl at the age of 13 find that many kids sing this song and dance to it. I think it is wrong. I always knew this song had a degrading meaning to it. I finally got the courage to look up what it meant and found that it is exactly what I thought, a degrading piece of crap. I find it hard to believe so many kids know and love this song...I, being only one person, disagree with the whole song and dance related with the song. I think it should be band from people, especially the younger crowd. That is my out look.

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Posted by kk (not verified) on 31 October 2007 - 9:02pm
your comment on soulja boy crituque

i am glad to see a young person stand up against what society tells us is cool if u think it is degrading... unfortunately that is the beautiful thing about america tho, you can choose to speak up about disgusting lyrics but in the same sense... Soulja boy can make the music with all the degrading lyrics he wants... its called freedom of speech, like it or not- that is AMERICA look it up in your eighth grade civics book.... but please continue to question everything.... very refreshing to hear this from our youth... thank you...

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Posted by jason (not verified) on 15 January 2008 - 12:17am
You need to clean it up

This song, i find, is so degrading. I being a girl at the age of 13 find that many kids sing this song and dance to it. I think it is wrong. I always knew this song had a degrading meaning to it. I finally got the courage to look up what it meant and found that it is exactly what I thought, a degrading piece of crap. I find it hard to believe so many kids know and love this song...I, being only one person, disagree with the whole song and dance related with the song. I think it should be band from people, especially the younger crowd. That is my out look.

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Posted by kk (not verified) on 31 October 2007 - 9:02pm
Silly Schwoogie did u learn that from yo mamma

Silly Schwoogie did u learn that from yo mamma or daddy?

Oh, That's right you dont even know who your daddy is.

Ya Hoop Greo up & Get Educated or just knock on the nearest prisons door & tell them you belong there or you will eventually end up there anyway.

Ya Schvatza

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Posted by Brian Swift (not verified) on 14 February 2008 - 2:54pm
re: hoe hoe bitch bitch bitch

gee... space, space ,environment, environment, environment...I think I get it now, yeah that's talent!

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Posted by awoken (not verified) on 19 February 2008 - 12:32pm
Hi my name is Eleanor Aubrey

Hi my name is Eleanor Aubrey and I am a freshman at the George Washington University. For my writing class I have to choose a blog written by a woman and discuss it through the semester. I was just asking for your permission.

Thanks,
Eleanor

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Posted by Eleanor Aubrey (not verified) on 2 October 2007 - 8:15pm
yeah

I hate it when muthafuckas like you just ramble about shit they have no idea about. You have no idea what super soak dat hoe means u square lame ass piece of shit, get a hobby, IF YOU DONT LIKE THA DANCE THEN MOVE ON! Do u dance or listen to rap, I think not, so dont critique it then u shit head!

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Posted by J.D. (not verified) on 2 October 2007 - 11:29pm
Well said, mf

If you don't like tha blog then move on, b----.

media girl's picture
Posted by media girl on 3 October 2007 - 6:35am
Yeah

ur so right about that but that song go so hard

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Posted by Shalmar (not verified) on 3 October 2007 - 8:23am
And I suppose an

And I suppose an intellectual like you would know. Oh no wait, don't tell me, this song and dance is really about celebrating women's sexuality, right? Is that the one? Or is it supposed to be "ironic"?

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Posted by Polyestergirl (not verified) on 6 October 2007 - 9:09pm
"Crank That" and J.D.'s disrepectful comments

J.D.,

If the person(s) you attacked have no idea what the song is about, why don't you inform us responsibly so we won't speak in an ignorant fashion.

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Posted by Preacher D (not verified) on 18 October 2007 - 8:52am
Yeah

Your comments in and of itself completeley reinforces the point media girls is saying. You are using denigrading and and provocative language the intent of which is to antagonize. If you have a different interpretation of the lyrics, then why not share that. Enlighten us! I would love it if this song was something other than how it exactly sounds.

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Posted by pratsocr (not verified) on 8 November 2007 - 8:27pm
wow

ok, im like in middle school ok?? we have music in the quad and all that stuff and ya know what? they play the soulja boy song! do u even konw wat that song means JD?? did u read the freakin article??? they play it for middle school kids!! US!!!! WE ALL DO THE DANCE AND WE DONT KNOW WHAT THE HELL IT MEANS!! I really used to envy soulja boy, but now, i think that he is a hella perv and a hella bad idol. All of the kids at my school know the dance and think that soulja boy is such a cool and "fine" person. if everyone knew what crap he was talking all about, everyone would hate him. Ya i think he hot and all, and he might be a really great person and i love the beat to the song, but im REALLY dissapointed in soulja boy. If ur readin this soulja boy, i hope you know wut ur puttin in kids head and u feel really bad. thnx soulja boy. ew. im really dissapointed.

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Posted by Jaxie (not verified) on 8 November 2007 - 8:39pm
meaning of words

J.D.
I'll admit it. I'm a white bread square. I'm a parent who looked up the meaning of this song my kids are listening to all the time. If you are going to criticize people yourself at least have the curtesy to explain EXACTLY what does "super soak dat hoe" mean?

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Posted by zednarp (not verified) on 16 November 2007 - 12:04pm
I wonder about the level of

I wonder about the level of education a person must have when they stand up and try to defend this song. They know as well as any what the words mean. Dance moves...maby...but maby just maby those words are intended to have another meaning. You show your true leval of class if you even listen to this crap. I clearly degrades women and glorifies doing so. absolutly rediculus. This is the same in most of todays popular nusic. Oh..i've got a 9mm (gun). Ohh i've been shot nine times i'm so cool. I got busted with crack...I just shot somebody...I deal drugs. To each his own i supose, but i simply cant't wrap my head arou

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Posted by Chris (not verified) on 28 November 2007 - 10:03pm
crank day

well, my position is half and half. i do agree about how most rap music degrade women, but not all women are angels (including female rappers that degrade men and themselves). but, listening to the song it sounds more like talking about a dance than having sex. why in the middle of the song he goes he bad man, how he do, that, let me too, no you can't do it like me, so don't try to do it like me, no i seen you trying to do it like me, man that dance is ugly. being a male, i've never thought about nor heard about two dudes trying to boink like each other like its some competetion. not saying he's not, but at the same time maybe he is talking about sex or something totally different cause let's be honest, the lyrics makes no sense at all but the beat is tight and that is a funny looking dance. we all critics and tend to make something out of nothing. besides, if you point a finger at him, you got three more pointing back at you. think about it.

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Posted by jsequal (not verified) on 10 October 2007 - 11:46am
LIVE WITH IT

ok i love the song and the dance!, but honestly i dunno what it all means. i mean, it could mean anything.. i just think that people dont need to try and make anything of it. if he wants ti sing about sex, dang let him go for it and see where it gets him. live with it and if you dont like it DONT LISTIN TO IT!

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Posted by kell (not verified) on 29 November 2007 - 8:09pm
Lets Get Real

As a young individual that participates thouroughly in the Hip Hop culture and one that is very familiar with the "slang" of the day I have a couple of comments that I would like to make.
Although I personally may not agree with every lyric or the mentality of every rapper, I have to say that it's really unfortunate that individuals that do not even have a basic grasp of the Hip Hop culture take it upon themselves to dissect and critize it.Also it is very easy to mistake the meaning of a statement when you select only the pieces that affirm your opinion, and do not allow people to see the whole picture.
Contrary to popular belief a "bitch" and a "hoe" are not terms restricted to the female gender. It is extremely popular in our generation to refer to a man as a bitch or a hoe.The term can even refer to a physical location as he did several times in the song. For example "Soulja Boy up in this hoe", where I honestly dont think he was discussing being inside of a woman or masturbating.That is unless Soulja Boy did an interview where he specifically stated that the lyric was about that.
In conclusion I would like to reiterate Dick Gregory "if it does not apply to you, you should not be offended." It's time for adults and individuals to take personal responsibilty. It is not Soulja Boy's responsibility to install values into children. That starts at home. I dont care how many times I hear the word bitch, hoe, skank, or chickenhead I know that that is not me, and I dont care.
GET A GRIP PEOPLE!!

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Posted by Dae (not verified) on 18 October 2007 - 11:16am
Let's Be Honest

I, too participate in the hip hop culture. I appreciate a lot of the dance songs that have come out recently. But I am absolutely disgusted by this Soulja Boy song, Crank Dat, and I think every woman should be. When the song first came out, I wanted to try to learn the dance, just like I have some others simply because it was catchy and everyone else was doing it. My husband was the one who told me what it means to "superman that hoe." He found out from a few of his male co-workers what the term really means. At first I thought it was some mistake, but I did some looking around online and found out that to superman a woman really is to have sex with her from behind, then "release" on her back and throw a sheet over her. I don't know if Soulja Boy knew what the term has been associate with, but I think he should have found out before coming out with a song like this. But what's even more disturbing is that so many young women and men are dancing to this song, not really knowing what it means.

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Posted by Nikki (not verified) on 21 October 2007 - 4:50pm
solja boy lyrics

I agree that the lyrics for this song are way too graphic and hold sexual connotations. I think it's outrageous that these types of songs are allowed to be published. These songs with the cool beat and great dance tunes, appeal to the younger generation. Children ages 7-12 are dancing and singing to the lyrics without understanding what they are singing! Further, middle schools are allowing this song to be played at the dances because of the dance moves associated with it. These are the types of songs that are influences our younger generation. Songs that refer to drugs, sex and violence are what the kids are listening too. You can't place all the blame on the parents. Most of the lyrics are difficult to understand unless you research the words of the songs.

Originally, these songs may be targeted for older teens and adult but this is not the audience these songs influence. The media, record producers and radios need to understand who they are appealing too.

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Posted by sbtwin (not verified) on 29 October 2007 - 11:01am
Okay, hon... They do use the

Okay, hon... They do use the word bitch in ways that don't relate to women at all, o we should settle down in that way.. But he does talk about his sex life. "Superman dat hoe"= ejaculate all over a woman's back and stick a sheet on it. It was that before this song even came out, thus why would he choose this exact phrase when he knew what it means? And after he says this, he says "Super soak that hoe", which would work in turn with his previous statement. One certainly is not talking about ejaculating all over a place and placing a blanket over it so that it looks like it has a cape. Just doesn't work, hon. It's about him being awesome and having sex.

And to the person who claimed that they said "man that dance was ugly", it was "Man That Shit Was Ugly". Just needed to correct there.

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Posted by just someone (not verified) on 3 November 2007 - 9:42am
i find it disturbing that

i find it disturbing that because the song is catchy and has a cute dance. that it gives the record company the right to just market the song to children.

even when its edited and watered down. the song has the same meaning.

i guess if you want to take it as a male version of "She Bop" Cyndi Lauper, it can be. but i disagree with trying to pass this song off as cute and harmless.

every time the vid comes on and those little boys are dancing in the office talking about some "Super Man"
its just...not right

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Posted by unicogirl (not verified) on 21 October 2007 - 6:05am
take a step back

Im all for the upliftment movement and being conscious.....but seriously though...we have to BE FOR REAL.

Seriously...take a step back from the protest mentality and examine whats really going on here. Every sentence you quoted displays exactly what I'm talking about...

OK....so Soulja Boy said "hoe" and "bitch". PEOPLE...he's not saying it in reference to a woman. It's just like someone getting fed up with a place they're at and saying... "Aww man, I'm out this bitch!" Sure it's the word, but its not directed or focused on downplaying women...AT ALL.

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Posted by yessir (not verified) on 22 October 2007 - 10:58am
Crank that (Soulja Boy)

Dear "Crank that" educators - you've burst my bubble! i say we just don't allow lyrics to be available anymore.........you have to agree we can't understand 99% of the content anyway. I am 60 yrs old and I love dancing to this song.......I have so much fun; now you've all ruined it for me by explaining that if i love singing along the few words I do know, and dancing the dance(good exercise for menopausal bones you know)that I'm contributing and/or condoning this value. I know I won't read anymore blogs...being in denial was more fun and innocent.

Another thought for all you protesters: maybe intiate interest in postive value lyrics by example?

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Posted by Sue (not verified) on 26 October 2007 - 11:46pm
How Sad

I have a 12-year-old girl who knows every single word to this song and dances every move to it. Recently they played it 3 times at her first homecoming dance in the school, along with many other questionable rap lyric songs. Of course, everyone loves it!! Of course, everyone loves to dance to it. She even commented that once she gets to senior high the kids in those dances "get to" "grind" to the songs. I feel disappointment and sadness that beyond all this rhetoric and blogging back and forth, the real loss is to my child...her innocence and growing up are profoundly affected every way she turns, by the media, by the radio, by the rappers culture. I don't begrudge them their stories...but they are not the stories of middle class pre-teens that we are trying to raise in America. It is pathetic!!!

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Posted by Cathy (not verified) on 28 October 2007 - 3:59pm
I will pull my son's tounge

I will pull my son's tounge out if he sings or dances to the lyrics of this disgusting (about ejaculating on a woman's face!) song. Do any of you know what superman means? I am a young mom and am teaching my son to not be like others and to be different and respectable. If for popularity's sake, so be it. I hate the clones of the so-called hip-hop nation. They are just making money off of all of you who support this type of crap and don't have your own ideas. P-Diddy, Jay-Z, all of them are making millions off of you because you won't be innovative enough to design your own stuff! Come on! Do you have a retirement account, business ideas? savings accounts? Let's get it together,I love my fellow black people but yall make me wonder if some of you have ANY morals!

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Posted by E (not verified) on 29 October 2007 - 8:58am
I agree "How Sad"

My 11 year old girl has been forced to dance to this music in her dance class in a christmas party and came home crying because she did not want to do it - hates it. That's when I started looking into this whole matter. I'm no prude but enough is enough. She's outta that dance!

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Posted by Alan Barratt (not verified) on 9 December 2007 - 6:47pm
I am so upset that after all

I am so upset that after all of my hard work trying to filter what my 7yr old son hears, sees and takes in that this is has slid right under my radar. I did not know what "superman that" meant. I thought that it was just the instructions to the dance. And I thought that "HO" was just "HO" like "Hey, Ho", not Hoe (whore)Even the watered down version that is on the radio is just as lewd now that I know what is being said... I just turned 30, so I am a fairly young parent, or so I thought. I never thought that I was so out of the loop that I completely missed the lyrics to this song and focused on the catchy dance and tune. Now I have to find a way to explain to my son why he cannot listen to it anymore without giving him a colorful disertation on sex ed...It is back to the Kidz Bop, Disney and Christian only plays on the radio. I was having fun sharing with my son dances like the Electric Slide, Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide. I will be taking this one off of our list of fun dances to do and try not to cringe when I hear anyone saying "Superman that".

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Posted by Shocked and Ashamed (not verified) on 30 October 2007 - 7:15am
He isn't running around

He isn't running around being superman, superman is a nasty sexual phrase here.

It explains it more there.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=sup...

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Posted by a source (not verified) on 3 November 2007 - 1:17am
are you serious

weel, you might think of it that way if you are thinking of it as an uptight person but that is not what the song means. he is not passin a slut to an aarab, he's passing the beat and the dance to be focused on his friend named Arab. the song is all about incorperating differend dance moves. super soak is a dance move. he's also not reffering himself as being superman. he is using it in a verb like form, it is a move in the dance. also there are more meanings to hoe and bitch. you can't just go by an "urban" dictionary. in this generation words are created all the time and meanings are switched and altered. when he says bitch and hoe, he is referring to the place he is in. he is saying that he so good at the dance he. i guess you could say "out dance every and anyone"

the lyric, if you really wanna get into interpreting "ima pass it to arahb and he gonna crank it up fo sho" like i said, arab is his friend, go on his myspace his friend is on there! when it says "ge gonna crank it up fo sho" means he's gonna do tha dance too!

so dont be too quick to judge. you have to be more into this generation to know what things mean and not go by some book, that people in this generation find funny. it was made by someone much older and what they think most of the words mean. trust me i am a teen and i know what songs are saying, i actually listen.

now dont get me wrong there are many songs that are just jaw dropping disgusting and sexual. but this just isn't one of them.

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Posted by Brittany (not verified) on 10 November 2007 - 8:57pm
I to support facts and offer dissertation.

Yes, Arab is another rapper and a friend of Soulja Boy Tellem (not to be confused with another, older Soulja Boy). Also, slang does grow and change, I love etymology. Words are fun!

On the contrary, not fun things: 6 year olds, who do not know what hoe and bitch mean saying it in the first grade. Aww, its adorable when they shock parents and teachers alike. A 13 year old who sneaks out if the house in her Halloween costume in the middle of November, because she remembers how the boys were so "hot" for her because of the miniskirt she wore to the Halloween dance. No big deal, though, really.A little boy pummeled within an inch of his life over dropping the N bomb, on the way home from school, because they heard it on TV. He had it coming though, he should've known better.

But some say it's not anybody's fault when this happens, but the parents. Be fore you lay blame any one place remember "it takes a village to raise a child." Parents try to watch over their kids, and bring them up right, but cannot control what they see or hear through other people at school or on the street. Kids are told by their parents not to smoke, curse, drink, have premature sexual relations, fight or steal. Many will rebel on principle and do it. They will rationalize it as them being more in tune with modern youth culture. Rebellion doesn't change from generation to generation.

I enjoy all music, I like rap from time to time. The more surprising and thought provoking, the better. When I was younger, my parents wouldn't let me listen to any rock/rap/hip-hop radio stations and I hated it! I cheated. I watched MTV when they were sleeping; I tuned my walkman (not tape/CD walkman, just radio) to the party stations. They wouldn't let me buy music that they hadn't approved, so my friends made me mix tapes that I would listen to at my other friends’ houses, or wait 'til my parents left to use their tape deck.

I'm a nanny, now, and I know that small children and young teens do pick up on (and even make up their own) sexual innuendo and acts of violence in music. Hell, when I was in elementary, most of the students at my school were certain that Adidas (sports wear brand) stood for "all day I dream about sex" this was just before I started listening to Korn, whom had produced a song by that title.

Many rap artists are persecuted by parents for negative influence on children. You know, sometimes there is a reason for this, i.e., featuring small kids dancing to music in the music video, giving parent's the cue that this music is kid friendly, or mentioning/featuring children in the song itself. On that token, I also disagree with the Kidz Bop franchise. They, without consideration of lyrics of popular music have children sing top selling singles and compile albums. This has happened for so long that we don't, as a society notice. I was 12-13 when Kidz Bop came out, and was offended that they would market this stuff directly to kids. At least try to maintain the illusion that adult themed songs are for adult consumption. Especially songs about sleeping around on your marriage partner ("Follow Me," Uncle Kracker), being "fucked up and feel[ing] alone"(Rob Thomas on Matchbox 20's song "Unwell"), or a softened version of one of the most offensive songs I have ever heard [one I was particularly fond of until I heard the 'real' version in a strip club] ("Let's get Retarded", Black Eyed Peas), all of which have appeared on Kidz Bop albums. Before you go back to the argument about it not being the artists' problem to deal with, I site the issue of Kidz Bop 10. Wherein Pete Wentz, of Fall Out Boy, prevented the Kidz Bop Kids from singing his band's song "Dance, Dance" because of the heavy sexual overtones to the song.

The point is that, being aware of the intended audience for the product, the band acted accordingly. By refusing to provide objectionable content to small children, they were taking responsibility for what they had created. Which is what I feel is at the heart of the criticism here. Soulja Boy's fans are not willing to recognize potential effects on youth that aren't fully prepared or capable of processing the information they are taking in.

Your arguments that we should just let the lyrics and interpretations of "Crank Dat" slide. Being as we just don't understand the culture or modern etymology, doesn't prove positivity at all. A child who doesn't know the hip-hop culture could take it just as much "the wrong way" as any teen or adult like myself. Only their misunderstanding is worse, because they would see this positively.
My current family has raised their boys to be feminists and educated about what sex is and why they should not be having it yet, at the ages of 10 and 11. They report their thoughts and views and enjoy being kids, watch cartoons, play videogames, and often monitor their own consumption of pop-culture and correct people who use offensive language. Even so they still rebel from time to time, or take things the wrong way. They are still learning, these kids are like sponges and suck up everything they come across.

Remember this also: "it only takes a single child to raze a village."

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Posted by Princess Bob (not verified) on 24 December 2007 - 6:04am
Thank you.

Great blog! I am so thankful for other aware, strong women :)

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Posted by karyna ortega (not verified) on 13 November 2007 - 1:21pm
Yes, it's bad but...

it's just like every other rap song.
True, it should'nt be allowed, but
people enjoy this music mostly for the beat and the fact that they can dance to it, not because of the words.
AND, as I am a 13 year old AND know the true meaning of the song, I am still going to do the dance and sing it because I like the beat. I'll ignore the words though.....
Plus, you can't be 100% thats what it even means.
Oh well, it's just a song. We have more important things to worry about.
Calm down people.
This song is everywhere, and people will listen to it, no matter what the words mean.

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Posted by j0rdynx10 (not verified) on 13 November 2007 - 5:45pm
I am surprised that this has

I am surprised that this has not been addressed yet, but it seems that the urban definition for "superman" (as a verb, "to superman" or in the context of the song, "to 'superman' that 'ho'") is defined as to ejaculate on someone's back while they are sleeping, and then sticking a sheet to it and hence the next morning, the sheet is stuck to the person's back "like a cape".

Thus, in addition to the liberal usage of derogatory terms such as "hoe" and "bitches", I have a huge problem with the commercial success of the song as it's just...offensive.

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Posted by y. greeley (not verified) on 14 November 2007 - 8:09pm
Allow me to quote Eminem

Allow me to quote Eminem here for a moment and say "You find me offensive, I find you offensive for finding me offensive."
That is NOT under ANY circumstances the definition of Superman in this song. Superman, if you would WATCH THE GODDAMN VIDEO, is a DANCE MOVE.

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Posted by x3liar (not verified) on 4 December 2007 - 6:48am
I concur!

Bravo! I fully agree with everything you say. I did however, learn from my friends brother that this isn't about a guy just picking up any girl and having sex with her, it's about raping women. With that in mind, it makes this whole song a lot more infuriating than before and down right despicable.

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Posted by ShaunaMahana (not verified) on 19 November 2007 - 5:52pm
wow you really cleared this up for me

I was totally fooled by this song. I would dance to with my friends and tell them I liked it. Then one day one of my guy friends hinted that it was about sex, so I looked up the meaning. I couldn't believe it, the song I had loved to dance to was a degrading piece of shit! I will definately spread the word, ppl shouldn't be tricked into listening to this kind of music.

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Posted by Aspen (not verified) on 20 November 2007 - 5:52pm
NO. This song is being

NO. This song is being completely degraded here and none of you are even questioning it. My friends and I often say "-Random name here- up in this hoe!" or "-Random name here- up in this bitch!" It means, Im here! This is where I am!
What Soulja boy means is I'm here, I'm on the music scene now, I'm getting big.

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Posted by x3liar (not verified) on 4 December 2007 - 6:45am
This page is completely inaccuate!!

First of all..young peole use the word hoe and bitch very freely nowadays, so to them, it doesn't have such a strict meaning as what adult would think it means. Second, if you knew soulja boys history, you would know that he's not that smart as to write a song with such degrading meaning..at the time he wrote the song, he was just a regular 15 year old boy, probably scribbling superman comics in his 4th period class

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Posted by Nina (not verified) on 22 November 2007 - 7:47pm
HERE HERE! Thas exactly what

HERE HERE! Thas exactly what Im trying to say.

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Posted by x3liar (not verified) on 4 December 2007 - 6:46am
why soulja boy

ok, i can see how you could misunderstand the words, but soulja boy isn't trying to degrade women. Also i wanted to clarify that Arab is a person. I often find myself getting into arguements with women over things that are very small. ive noticed that most women have short fuses and can explode from just a small feeling of discomfort. I can see that the "Soulja Boy" song made you feel uncomfortable and your expressing your feelings, but attacking someone that just got a big break isn't the right way to go. not all men are heartless and only care about sex. alot of us are decent. dont try to pick apart the song, it is made for your enjoyment. LONG LIVE FREE EXPRESSION.

WEBZ

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Posted by coppatone (not verified) on 26 November 2007 - 4:42pm
obviously, u and souljaboy

obviously, u and souljaboy would make a good gay couple

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Posted by peter smith (not verified) on 28 November 2007 - 8:02pm
Watch out! The discussion is

Watch out! The discussion is getting ... elevated? Heh. What's on your mind, Mr. Peter?

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Posted by media girl on 28 November 2007 - 9:17pm
it's like every other rap song!

Ok seriously, this song is no different than any other rap/hip-hop song. You people are stupid if you don't know that and let your kids listen to it. It's just a song, but of course it's not sppropriate for kids. It's not going to make kids objectify women, it's already happening out there. I mean there really are women out there that allow men to use them and are referred to as "hoes", and it's the parents' fault for not raising their daughters to have respect for themselves. One song isn't going to ruin peoples lives.

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Posted by female (not verified) on 26 November 2007 - 6:56pm
people listen to this song

people listen to this song because its easy to dance to and has a good beat. yea its bad but you make it seem like the PEOPLE who like the song are bad because they like it. i like it, i love the dance because its fun to do but im not "messing around" with people because of this song. the lyrics only apply to a select few, the music itself applies to many

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Posted by Alicia (not verified) on 29 November 2007 - 6:02pm
References to Hoe & Bitch Misunderstood

First I must say that I am against our women being degraded in song, but I am afraid that the person who wrote this is not familiar with Southern slang. When I was younger we used to say that 'I'm off in this piece, chilling...etc'. This meant that I am in the place or building or campus...etc. And usually that I feel confident about myself. Well after a while we changed that to 'I'm off in this hoe or bitch' with the same meaning, until I learned better. But it still wasn't referred to women. And passing it to my partner in the club meant I would dance and get 'my shine on' then let him get his. This meant that I would be ther center of attention for a while and then I would step back and let him do a dance in his style so he could get the spotlight. In manners of disrepect to other MALES that you really didn't care for you would use the adjective 'Bitch Ass', similar to 'Mark', 'Buster', or 'Jive Turkey' (for the older folks). I really think the writer of this article read a little too much in to this.

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Posted by kingrhollo (not verified) on 30 November 2007 - 9:37am
Let's not be hypocritical

Through out times we have jammed to and still jam to lyrics that are sexual in nature and we celebrate them until we are offended. I don't agree with many of today's lyrics, but I'm not ready to treat them as if they are Satan's kids. Everybody jams to Sexual Healing. Imagine how many teen pregnancies occurred during that jam. What about the weed era and the celebrated Woodstock (Drug & Sex Fest). What about freaky Rick James and Prince (I met her in a hotel lobby masturbating to a magazine)....WHAT!!!!? It don't get nastier than that. Yet when they come on, it takes us to a place that we like to be in. If we are to correct others, let's correct ourselves. And if we educate our youth and spend time with them and teach them values instead of attacking them, then they will know better. If we don't spend enough time with our young people to tell them what those songs mean to us, then how will they know.

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Posted by kingrhollo (not verified) on 30 November 2007 - 9:55am
Oh please

I find it funny that people are quick to believe that it is meant as derogatory. Does no one remember the days of "Can I get a ho ho?" in songs to hype the crowd. What are the odds that it is really a reference to some obscure sexual reference that is only now becoming popular because of the controversy as opposed to it really just being a way to hype the crowd?

I'd like to know if the sex act definition came before or after the song came out. I have a serious feeling it's after.

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Posted by your name here (not verified) on 7 December 2007 - 11:23am
About Urban Dictionary

Note that the first entry for the definition of Superman that ho was not entered until Aug 04 '07. So I'm pretty sure that my theory is correct.

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Posted by T (not verified) on 7 December 2007 - 11:27am
so this is not the only rap

so this is not the only rap song that is sexiest to women some of them are worst

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Posted by your name here (not verified) on 10 December 2007 - 3:33pm
first off soulja boy iz not

first off soulja boy iz not the only one who cusses and that when he says those words he dosent mean it fo girls

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Posted by markeyla (not verified) on 14 December 2007 - 4:11pm
math

Wacth what you said bicth it's true he is not the only one who cusses and he doesn't meant to said it to a girl. But anyways you nedd to wacth out.

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Posted by ana (not verified) on 14 January 2008 - 3:17pm
souja boy is not the only

souja boy is not the only one who cusses in his song. many rapper said hoe and bicth in they song. so don't make souja boy feel bad just because he said hoe and bicth. he don't mean to girl.

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Posted by kalya (not verified) on 18 January 2008 - 1:38pm
souja boy is not the only

souja boy is not the only one who cusses in his song. many rapper said hoe and bicth in they song. so don't make souja boy feel bad just because he said hoe and bicth. he don't mean to girl.

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Posted by kalya (not verified) on 18 January 2008 - 1:39pm
Historical Perspective

I was shocked and even appauled at the lyrics of this song because of it's popularity with children. This coused me to enter into discussion with my friends (in their 20's and 30's) about the use of this song in our schools. Most disagreed with the idea but the discussion also lead to reminiscing about music banned in our days as school kids. We realized that most of the bands that were 'a bad influence' when we were kids were jokes now, particularily the heavy metal "Hair Bands".

I did a little digging and found an interesting link:

http://ericnuzum.com/banned/incidents/index.html

This site lists all of the trouble popular music has had over the last 50 years or so, and some of the names on the list are quite interesting:

Elvis Presley was too sexual in his dance.
The Rolling Stones were too provocative and degraded women.
Bob Dylan was banned because people couldn't understand the lyrics.
The Beatles referenced drug use.
Van Morrison sang about premarital sex.
Loretta Lynn sang about birth control.
James Brown and Rod Stewart, both too sexual.

Ahh but people were crazy back then... those guys were okay.

How about Ozzy Osborne, probably the most demonized rocker of the 80's... a family man 20 years later, even if it is a joke, it's on television everynight.

Madonna was definitely not a "Virgin" and Olivia Newton John was far too "Physical"... but we'd let our kids workout to their music now.

Soulja Boy's Crank Dat and Lil' John's Get Low may be far too suggestive for us now, but what about Warrant's Cherry Pie, or Van Halen's Everybody Wants Some???

Heck even Garth Brooks got taken off CMT for depicting domestic violence in Thunder Rolls.

OK I have chosen some of the tamer examples perhaps... maybe we still wouldn't accept 2 Live Crew or N.W.A.... but we have embraced the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy's Flava Flave.

Will we remember Crank Dat as something goofy we did like raise our hands above our heads like devil horns, or will we find something else that's even worse in 15 minutes.

Just think about how important this really is to the overall scheme of things before devoting hours of energy or lost sleep to it. I'm sure Soulja Boy doesn't lose any sleep, clean sheets or not.

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Posted by Big B (not verified) on 22 December 2007 - 4:35pm
Please...

Pollyanna, if you're going to reference musical history so nonchalantly, know that NONE of the straw man artists you've named for being risque or offensive have ever "written" a "song" extolling the virtues of ejaculating on a woman - and so shamelessly sold it to 10 year-old children.

The "lyrical" subject matter of this "song" is such that I might not discuss it with other adults - let alone a child. There's no room for moral relativism in the name of art when kids are being turned into crass consumers and illicit sex objects. FOR SHAME!

RBR

Middle School Teacher, Parent, Musical Historian

Chicago

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Posted by battledonkey on 23 January 2008 - 11:04pm
oh my god. when he said I'm

oh my god. when he said
I'm Bouncin On My Toe
Watch Me Super Soak Dat Hoe
I'ma Pass It To Arab
Then He Gon crank it up fo show (show

Arab is his partner not "an Arab" and he talking about he is going to stop danceing and let Arab take over.

you idiot, know your facts

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Posted by yaa bitch yaah (not verified) on 28 December 2007 - 3:46pm
Come on...these are hip hop terms that mean something

This is hardly about dancing...growing up we had all kind of slang for things that our parents had no clue what the meaning was. This is the same.

People should know what they are singing.

Bouncin On My Toe= Trying to keep your balance while jacking off, using the tips of your toes as support.

Super Soak=When you have a large amount of ejaculation built up and you spray your load all over a female.

Hoe=a woman who will fuck anyone and is very easy

Crank=male sex organ, the penis, the dick, the bone, the rod.

Make sense now? Look up the rest of the terms in the urban dictionary if you need to...it gets worse.

Kids are singing this in school because it sounds good and everyone is too clueless know what it means. Great discussion

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Posted by me (not verified) on 21 January 2008 - 9:20am
high five. it's about time.

high five.

it's about time. :)

if i said anything about rap music, people would look at me like i was a moron and ask if i listened to country. uh. no. i may not be the smartest person in the world, but if all a boy, yes boy, can do is scribble down some simple sentences using not only bad grammar, but completely made up words... i think i'm alot smarter than the people that dance to it, no?

it's about self respect and that starts in the home. i live with my dad in some no man's land kind of town, but i've learned what i needed to learn to get along in this world.

people who can only look for ways to discriminate and degrade others and, in the process, look completely stupid seem to be the people that most look up to. it's sad. the fact that this boy's parents even allow him to talk like that is a problem in itself.

for the people that behave like this, for the people that can't say anything not only in a nice way, but in a way that makes sense should get a taste of the real world. get a job. try to do good in school. try to be taken seriously by someone other than thugs. 'cause "hoes" wont always be there to make you look better.

i really appreciate your blogs, i know that you get an ass load of comments a day probably, some of them nice and some of them not, but i guess that in order to have an opinion, you have to accept the fact that some people are too ignorant to try to understand or justify.

[i think it's time for me to pack up and move from xanga.]

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Posted by Catherine (not verified) on 30 December 2007 - 2:06pm
As for the lyrics, has

As for the lyrics, has anyone ever heard of the term "double entendre?" The nearly completely obvious sexual (over)tones of this song combined with the readily available clean interpretation of them in southern-urban hip-hop slang and as modern-dance terms strongly suggests that Mr. Way (a.k.a. "Soulja Boy") was aware of and playing upon a double meaning. While each and every line in this song seems capable of being explained away as harmless dance instruction or slang, literally as many can be easily taken in a degradingly sexual way. There's almost no chance that this is a mistake made by an entirely innocent, fun-loving kid trying to make it big.

As for the song, I'm a bit perplexed by its popularity. I've listened to it about fifty times in the last few days trying to detect its virtues, and I'm mostly left lost. I even asked some "cool kids" about it, and their responses were quite unhelpful: "it's tight," "it's catchy," and "it's got a good beat" were all I could get. Granted, I'm not usually that excited by hip-hop music, but that is primarily because of a list of reasons that this song seems to underscore strongly, a list topped by the fact that it's more or less musically hollow. Sure, there is a relatively catchy and mildly "infectious" beat to it, but I strongly suspect it was merely sampled from other pieces like a huge percentage of "original" hip-hop. Beyond that, it sounds, to put it frankly, like a kid wrote it. There's no more depth musically (or lyrically, obviously!) than there is in the gustatory dimension in a Whopper or Big-Mac, other despoiled icons of a culture best characterized by its new favorite disorder: ADHD.

As to whether it's wrong or not, that question is nearly meaningless because it's unlikely to be something that can be stopped and probably shouldn't be due to our value of our First Amendment rights. The arguments, however, that it is just one song and can't really matter that much are certainly erroneous as each success of something hardly deserving and potentially damaging opens wider the door for further, similar content to go mainstream. Changes in the moral fabric of our entertainment mass media only go in one direction: toward the increasingly liberal, which is not to be confused with the political left. Acceptance and praise of endeavors that push the envelope is ultimately important and yet entirely dangerous because the driving factors are usually profits and not much more. As a prime example, consider that the professional contrast offered in this blog to the opposition of this song's potential contribution to our cultural quilt is given by a arch-suit at Viacom, who stands to watch his stock-options increase rapidly in value first by promoting any popular mass media that can find an outlet in one of the more than thirty venues from film to television to radio to music to the internet that his company owns and second by making the very statement that he made (paraphrased): "Viacom stands behind [(youth/urban) cultural] authenticity," which is more-or-less the most effective way to sell almost anything to most people in their largest, most lucrative demographics. More often than not, it seems, this "authenticity" is provided by pushing the envelope ever further because it feels more real to people to palletize and show them something a bit dirtier, a bit more crass, a bit more edgy, and therefore a bit more genuine than the prepackaged pseudo-reality they were sold the year before.

I actually think my main beef with Mr. Way's package, because everyone knows pop music produced by teenagers is supposed to be empty and ultimately low in quality, is that he goes by the moniker "Soulja Boy," when there is almost no soul quality to his music at all. It's a bit of a shame, really, but soul music requires depth and life experience and perspectives beyond the puerile desires of most seventeen-year-olds.

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Posted by Jim (not verified) on 28 January 2008 - 4:37pm
Addendum

As for the "cool kids" I interviewed: five were between the ages of 11 and 13, and one was 18. Two were boys, both 13, and the rest were girls, including the young adult.
-All of the kids but the eleven-year-old girl knew what the Urban Dictionary's definitions of "Superman that hoe [sic]" and "super-soak that hoe [sic]" (despite the highly frequent misspelling "hoe," which is a garden implement (cf. the real dictionary, entries ho and hoe) -- the correct spelling of the shortened version of whore is "ho," which is also a shout to get attention).
-All of those who knew the definition thought that it was the main subject of the song, although "[Mr. Way] was probably using the lyrics to mean a dance too," and all but two (an 11- and a 13-year-old girl) think it is a funny message. The other two thought it was "gross."
-All agreed that "the lyrics don't matter anyway because it's just a song, and no one really listens to them," insisting that "the beat" is all anyone is interested in, although the three minors that weren't disgusted by the lyrics said that "the words make it even better because they're funny." Those three further felt like it was funnier still that they could listen to it, sing it, and dance to it in front of their parents, who did not know the believed meaning, and not get in trouble. It was more humorous still that sometimes they'd hear a parent humming the tune later, "clueless," as one put it. The eighteen-year-old thought it was "stupid" that I was so interested in finding out about this analytically instead of just listening to it or not listening to it and "getting over it."

I felt the need to add this because regardless of Mr. Way's intentions in writing this song, the degrading sexual message is clearly getting across to youth. That brings to the forefront the point that discussion on what Mr. Way meant with the song is tremendously overshadowed by how those lyrics are interpreted, which is obviously, even by middle-schoolers, in a way that is offensive and misogynistic. As such, Mr. Way's original meaning of the lyrics, are rapidly becoming or have already become moot. Moreover, the attitude presented by these young people indicates a strong desire not to understand clearly what messages they expose themselves to, an apathy which unsettles me a little more each time I stumble across it.

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Posted by Jim (not verified) on 28 January 2008 - 5:40pm
I Think That People No What

I Think That People No What The Songs Mean But People Need To Stop Playing Him Because It is jus a song and if he anit saying the girls name than dont worry about it and he is still sexy and the chris brown and bow wow thing was fun and cute and if yall got the much of a problem with it tell him ask him because it if 16 or 17 year boy say he didnt mean it like that than yall need to stop fucking with him about his songs and let him do his dam think man i dont see yall goin to lil wayne and goin to alot of other people say look what he got in his song because all he talk about is drug taking them and gangs and guns yall need to stop it 4 real because this is makin me sick 4 yall doin that to him and them other dam singer or rapper

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Posted by Courtney (not verified) on 31 January 2008 - 10:12am
What?

What?

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Posted by Jim (not verified) on 31 January 2008 - 9:56pm
For me

For me "hoe" means a person male or female who just sleeps with whoever they want to... best friend's girl ..whenever they want to..first date after the club..whenever..I don't think it is a bad thing I say to each his or her own.

`________________________
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Posted by kurapika on 7 February 2008 - 5:48am
I hear you

After reading every message posted thus far regarding "media girl's" article on Soulja Boy's song, "Crank That...", I have to say that I definitely agree with and appreciate Jim's post and those of the others agreeing with him. One song can make a huge impact on a young child's life. Lyrics do matter. Yes, most of the time when we have a song we like it's because it has a catchy beat, but when we actually look at the lyrics and begin to disect the meaning behind each song, we may be amazed at how harmful those seemingly "harmless" lyrics may be.

I listen to Hip Hop, Rap, and R&B. However, instead of just hearing the beat and moving on, I listen to the words. If I don't understand the meaning of a particular word or phrase, I research until I know what it means.

To be entirely honest, I wasn't really surprised by some of the guys who left ignorant posts or excused Souljah Boy's words as meaningless and nothing to worry about or get excited over, but I was extremely disturbed and disgusted by the ladies' apathetic attitudes. Women saying there isn't anything wrong with the lyrics or the dance - Wow! - when did we lose our self-respect? I would like to ask each of those women how she would feel having a man ejaculate on her face, butt, or back as a way of degrading her and putting her "in her place"? I do not believe this is "just a dance". I believe media girl is correct in believing that Soulja Boy knew exactly what he was saying and doing when he wrote this song. I have a feeling that he too is secretly laughing as he counts his money remembering all of the women lining up to thank him for publicly degrading and humiliating them.

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Posted by Ask Me (not verified) on 18 February 2008 - 5:57pm
The blogger is Femtique

...not media girl, who is a different blogger here. fyi....

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Posted by media girl on 20 February 2008 - 12:24pm
okay,,,

well souljaboy can do his thang. u cant stop him lol.

but yea i get what u talking bout.

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Posted by tf (not verified) on 7 February 2008 - 10:15pm
soulja boys lyrics

i understand how some women feel like they're being degraded by soulja boys lyrics. but im just not one of them. i think that women themselves have brought this on by letting men degrade them, adn treat them with disrespect. men that demean women are just doing it because they are allowed to by the women themselves. i listen to soulja boy and in fact i have the cd. and i think its no more than a song and his personal opinion and way of expressing himself. i dont think women should take it so personally. he is not referring to them directly,and in many cases the lyrics arent what they seem. just because he says hoe and bitch dont neccessarily mean that he is referring to these kind of women. if women have a problem with the lyrics or how they feel they are being degraded then they should be an example to all women by not doing things that many men referr to as hoes and bitches. but complaining about it isnt going to do anything. women just have to understand that its nothing personal its just his way of expressing himself and they cant do anything about that. they dont no soulja boy at all. and if they took more time to research him and his lyrics they wouldnt be making just a big deal about one song. he has wrote other songs that are very respectful towards women, and i have never seen anything written about him or seen anything on tv where he is being disrespectful to a women or demeaning her in any way. its one song, one song that people world wide love. many people have felt inspired by his music and have even came up with their own versions to his songs. i think that women have to recognize that he doesnt mean it personally, and that hes not degrading them. if anyone is responsible for degrading women, its women themselves. they are the ones that have the power to be examples and not be "hoes & bitches". they need to stop critisizing and respect him for his opinion and quit finding ways to blame other people and music for the degrading of women, when it was they themselves that brought this on. im 15 and i no that hip hop isnt disgrading me & i no not to take it personal. if i can understand this and what hip hop's all about then im sure everyone else can. soulja boy keep doin you thang!!

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Posted by kristine vargas (not verified) on 29 February 2008 - 4:32pm
so do something...

get it on facebook. get it on change.org. get it on goodcircle.org, (this new site that lets you start giving circles around whatever you believe and direct a big chunk of what you buy online to benefit it.) :)

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Posted by charly on 6 March 2008 - 6:22pm
The lyrics r

The lyrics to this song are ambiguous. Supersoak is used as a double entendre so are the words hoe and bitch. Younger kids and naive adults will assume he is referring to a dance. Older people who have heard of the term "superman that hoe or supersoak that hoe", will assume he is referring to ejaculation. I don't know what is wrong with me but I immediately assumed "supersoak that hoe" was about ejaculation even while I was watching the video. For those of u who really believe the video would depict ejaculation even if that is what the song is about u r doing even worse than I am. Long story short, this song is trying to appeal to a young audience therefore the real meaning must be concealed behind a catchy dance and colorful clothing... Its nothing new my mother danced to James Brown's dance machine and when he said "shake ur moneymaker" it never dawned on her that he may be calling her a hooker! I mean if ur ass is what makes ur money... Anyway marketing has become so slick these days u have to stay on ur toes and it is up to the listener to do research to find out if ur dancing like a fool to something that is degrading and demeaning.

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Posted by Prinsex (not verified) on 24 May 2008 - 12:47pm
I disapprove of this whole thing.

First off, I'd like to address the general tone of this article, not considering the arguments of either side just yet. This entire rant is overflowing with bitter sarcasm. (To quote Mediagirl herself: "Such wit. Hours and hours of entertainment value.") No matter how angry you are, that's just not a good way to operate. Sure, it demonstrates that you 're intelligent enough to spout simple witticisms; it also shows that you're extremely vindictive, and that you'd much rather spend your time bashing people who don't agree with you, rather than listening to them.

Reading a bit farther down along the comment list, I noticed a lone middle-schooler using rather crude language to object to this article. Some of you criticized him for using misogynistic words; that's fine, that's a reasonable and appropriate reaction. More worrying are the responses beginning with personal attacks ("And I suppose an intellectual like you would know..." "I wonder about the level of education a person must have when they stand up and try to defend this song.") But of course! If someone disagrees with you, they obviously haven't attained the gloriously transcendental state of intelligence that you enjoy. (See? I, too, can make mean-spirited, witty, sarcastic comments. Does it make me look intelligent, or does it make me look like a jerk?)

As for the argument itself, I think that while a lot of rap is indeed misogynist, this song is not necessarily the same. Many rap songs these days tend to be random jumbles of "gangsta" vocabulary, completely devoid of meaning. (I didn't intend that to have quite such a negative connotation; I don't think there's anything wrong with meaninglessness.) Most of this song probably isn't supposed to have any significant meaning, though I respect that some people will still take offense to the words used. The part here which strikes me as the most absurd is all the uproar over the line "superman dat ho," just because of an entry on the Internet's most highly respected and reputable source: Urbandictionary.com. This is insane. That site has such obscure, absurd slang, you can find some sort of divergent or inappropriate meaning for even the most simple words you search for. (Example: "breathing" actually means smoking marijuana, and "crawling" refers to oral sex.)

But those are all minor objections. My biggest issue with this article is that it (mostly) seeks to discredit a song and a rapper based solely on lyrics perceived to be offensive. Since when does the quality of the lyrics determine the quality of a song or its artist? (Not that I'm saying Crank Dat is good music, or that Soulja Boy is any good; just saying that bad lyrics don't indicate either of those on their own.) If I found a really excellent tune and then discovered that the lyrics consisted entirely of violent white supremacist propaganda, to name an extreme example, I'd still listen to it.

To make this case a bit wider, consider that Gandhi was, according to many sources, highly racist. Does that mean he wasn't a great person? Of course not. It was a considerable flaw, of course, but there was much more to Gandhi's ideas and life than simple racism, and thus history views him favorably. Anyway, in case it wasn't already apparent, don't judge any composite product by the quality of a single facet.

All this reminds me of one of the few lines in that song I really like, simply for its cheerful absurdity: "Haters get mad 'cause... I got me some Bathin' Apes." If only opinions were that simple.

And seriously, lay off the anger. It does not behoove you, it does not make you seem more intelligent, it does not make you more credible, it does not make your articles more powerful; it just makes you look petty and foolish. Of course it could help you attract more attention... never the good kind, though, unless you're operating under the philosophy "there's no such thing as bad publicity."

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Posted by Penguin (not verified) on 26 May 2008 - 7:11pm
One: Femtique is not media

One: Femtique is not media girl. She is one blogger on the site. Many have blogged here.

Two: The text is the text.

My biggest issue with this article is that it (mostly) seeks to discredit a song and a rapper based solely on lyrics perceived to be offensive.

That's what we have. The artist offers up the text, and we take it and interpret it.

"Oh, that's not what I meant!" Yeah? Then why didn't you say what you mean? It's either a revelation or a learning experience.

If I found a really excellent tune and then discovered that the lyrics consisted entirely of violent white supremacist propaganda, to name an extreme example, I'd still listen to it.

I suppose we can call that the Nuremburg Defense of music habits? "Oh, I didn't really think about the words. I was just following the beat!"

Uh huh. Crank that.

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Posted by media girl on 26 May 2008 - 8:24pm
Craziness

So I was just stopping by to check out this page and I realized something here that everyone is going on and on about how he isn't a good role model and such but seriously people he is an entertainer and shouldn't be anyone's role model. People seem to think that actors and actresses should be someone's role model but that's not their job their job is to entertain its the parents job to monitor and be role models for their kids.

Are his lyrics vulgar yea but ultimately the parents have the control so control your kids and let him do his job and just so you know the more you talk about him the more he makes its when you stop talking about people that you hurt them. That's how the industry works.

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Posted by Danielle (not verified) on 15 November 2010 - 2:59pm
There is no hope

Is there any hope for artists like Soulja Boy? I mean its a good idea to try and make pop hip hop more feminist friendly, but I think it just cannot be done. Its the nature of popular hip hop: cash cars, and girls. Its time for new pop music, perhaps written by the ladies!

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Posted by Dallas DUI Lawyer (not verified) on 29 November 2010 - 9:49pm
This is why..

This is why the youth of my generation (im 19) and younger are so messed up we grew up being told it was okay to degrade women like this. and songs like this is whaat is messing up the kids. This only teaches them more and more that its okay. Thank you for posting this, it just opens more peoples eyes to the music people listen to now a days.

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Posted by Amanda (not verified) on 24 February 2011 - 1:54am
Chill out >.<

Ewwww never actually heard this song anyways apart from the 'youuuuu' bit but lyrics are well gross, although tbh, I'm not really that offended by them. If he wants to f**k that way let him and the girls who let him can deal with his weird shit as they obviously don't mind being treated like that. Each to their own.

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Posted by Tessa (not verified) on 31 March 2011 - 8:51am
Wrong Meaning

The song is a dance song, pure and simple. Even if the song has a dirty meaning, why are you protecting your children from the outside world? Its parents like you who just make a kid more likely to get picked on.

Anyway back to the song meaning, the song is about him saying he has more swag than anyone else. Superman is a dance move, crank that is a dance move, cockin on you means to get ready to swing a punch.

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Posted by DrSlugger (not verified) on 16 January 2012 - 4:07pm