The 18-year-old rapper became a sensation and started a dance craze last year with his Grammy-nominated hit “Crank That (Soulja Boy).”
Some of the language and subject matter in that hit was risque, and on some of his YouTube videos, he’s used some naughty words.
So in an interview this week, Soulja Boy apologized to parents and says he is going to try harder to set a positive example for his young fans.
“Over the past few months, I’ve had a chance to meet a lot of my fans face to face and it made me realize that I got a large fan base of kids that look up to me,” he said. “I have a greater responsibility to the kids that want to be like Soulja Boy (and) I need set a positive example for them.”
Though Soulja Boy apologizes for his public behavior, he’s not quite ready to become the ideal role model for kids.
“I wouldn’t say a role model because I think parents or a guardian should be a kid’s main role model, but from now on, I’m going to make sure that every kid that looks up to me will get a positive image that the kids and parents can trust,” he said.
Soula Boy just released his new CD, “iSouljaBoyTellem,” this week.
Copyright 2008 The Associated Press.