Soulja Boy
iSouljaBoyTellEm


1.0
awful

Review

by username345 USER (52 Reviews)
December 15th, 2008 | 328 replies | 27,670 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Why did I listen to this? Whyyyyyyyyy?

20 of 23 thought this review was well written

One of the biggest of the many criticisms of the much hated album Souljaboytellem was that every song sounded exactly the same as the last. When the new album’s title, iSouljaboytellem is exactly the same as the last one but with one letter added on, you probably wouldn’t expect anything to have changed. And nothing really has. Soulja Boy seems to be doing nothing here but attempting to emulate the success of ‘Crank That (Soulja Boy)’. Nothing at all is new and nearly every song is based on the same style of repetitive dull melodies.

The album seems to start fine with ‘I’m Bout Tha Stacks’ which opens with a rising keyboard sound that almost believably suggests that the beats will be slightly deeper and not quite as bland and irritating as those of the debut’s. Unfortunately, the quality quickly declines, settling into a boring melody to go along with Soulja Boy’s equally boring monotonic rapping, including a chorus where he merely repeats ‘I’m bout tha…’ and then a random word for what seems like 10 minutes. This opening track does show one of the biggest strengths of iSouljaboytellem though - many of the songs have different producers, breaking up the never ending monotony of the debut.

It is always clear which songs are produced by Soulja Boy himself as his beats are ultra-sparse, repetitive and irritating. There is a lot more variety with the guest producers though. Some tracks such as ‘Easy’ (produced by someone named Zaytoven apparently) are actually quite catchy and listenable, at least at first before getting totally irritating, despite containing sound effects that sound like they belong on a bad 60’s psychedelic album. However, straight after this comes the truly atrocious ‘Kiss Me Thru The Phone’ (produced by Jim Jonsin and featuring singing from Sammie), which sounds like it was recorded over a mediocre polyphonic ringtone. The singing is quite a nice break from Soulja Boy’s terrible rapping, but it’s not really a huge improvement.

The lyrics are equally as bad as those of the debut’s. In fact, they’re worse, lacking the surreal humour of ‘Crank That’. Instead Soulja Boy settles for annoyingly simplistic, often meaningless and usually very childish lyrics, usually focused on himself. The worst lyrics can be found in ‘Hey You There’, featuring such classic lines as ‘Hey, this right here is my theme song/I bet it is you ringtone/I farted and it smelt/It smelt like a stink bomb’ and the phrase ‘hey you there’ along with variations of it, repeated a hundred times, with little more than an occasional drum beat at funeral doom pace to back it up. And I hope he isn’t really expecting us to feel sorry for him in ‘I Pray (Outro)’ where he whines about his haters and how his life is rubbish. Boo-hoo. Also making a comeback is the ‘yuuuuh’ shouts, most noticeable in ‘Bird Walk’, a completely blatant rip-off of his own song, ‘Crank That’, complete with a new dance. The worst part about this is that it actually manages to be more annoying than the original, and is not at all catchy.

Hilariously, along with the usual nonsensical lyrics, Soulja Boy here seems to be attempting to convince us that he’s somehow ‘tough’ in the song ‘Shopping Spree’ which opens with the sound of a shotgun, followed by a ‘menacing’ synth sound and ‘gangsta’ guest rappers Gucci Mane and Yo Gotti. Of course this new found toughness would be very convincing if Soulja Boy said anything more offensive than ‘big fat police dude’.

While some of the songs by producers other than Soulja Boy can almost rise above being totally useless even those get dull after one listen, and every song produced by Soulja Boy, unfortunately most of them, sound identical and all equally awful (except ‘Hey You There’ which somehow manages to be even worse). We can only hope that without a hugely successful single to promote it, this album will instantly sink and be forgotten about forever and ever.



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username345
December 15th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Entire album's up here:
http://www.myspace.com/souljaboytellem

If you really want to listen to it...

JizzInMyPants
December 15th 2008



2369 Comments


you sure are brave to go thru the entire album


i got to gucci badana and i had to turn it off from there..This Message Edited On 12.15.08

username345
December 15th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

I paused in between some songs for King Crimson to stop myself going totally insane I admit.

JizzInMyPants
December 15th 2008



2369 Comments


how come you didnt bash turn my swag on? from the songs i heard that song really made me go "why?" with a facepalm too..

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2008



16310 Comments


This kid deserves to be shot.

Digging: Ulver - Bergtatt

natey
December 15th 2008



4170 Comments


"Hey You There" is my ringtone (irony)

username345
December 15th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

So you could write a 1/5 review about it? ****'s not difficult.


That's right!

Still painful to do though. Not sure it was worth the effort.

willfellmarsy
December 15th 2008



3849 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

i dont mind souljaboy...i mean he's not good but i like listening to him...it's kinda like how i like watching date, epic, disaster, super hero movie...there's a perverse satisfaction i get from the experience

edit: for the album title alone he deserves a 1.5...i for one think he's laughing himself to the bank, while everyone hates himThis Message Edited On 12.15.08

natey
December 15th 2008



4170 Comments


[QUOTE=crysis]
This kid deserves to be shot.
[/QUOTE]
I have a bigger problem with his audience. soulja's pretty (rich) smart if you ask me

SynGates
December 15th 2008



2467 Comments


will probably never listen to this

JizzInMyPants
December 15th 2008



2369 Comments


no man this album, it will piss you off, i dont mind him as a person, in fact i got a drop of respect for him for ignoring the critics and doing his own thing, but i dare you I DARE YOU to listen to this album, it pissed me off man..


im not usually negative but i will litterally call a soulja boy fan stupid

natey
December 15th 2008



4170 Comments


[QUOTE=willfellmarsy]i mean he's not good but i like listening to him..[/QUOTE]
imo a good artist is one who makes something enjoyable

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2008



16310 Comments


I have a bigger problem with his audience.

I have problems with both.

tripleb2k
December 15th 2008



217 Comments


after putting a comment like: "Why did I listen to this? Whyyyyyyyyy?"... the question most people have is, why go through the trouble of writing a review?

willfellmarsy
December 15th 2008



3849 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Britney Diva, u made me chuckle (silently...sad and alone sitting wit my computer on my lap)This Message Edited On 12.15.08

username345
December 15th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

after putting a comment like: "Why did I listen to this? Whyyyyyyyyy?"... the question most people have is, why go through the trouble of writing a review?


Gahh, I knew I should have written something sensible there.

username345
December 15th 2008



594 Comments

Album Rating: 1.0

Why the neg?

Just a random one or is there a reason?

natey
December 15th 2008



4170 Comments


Summary: Not worth a break from a circle jerk

plane
Staff Reviewer
December 15th 2008



6093 Comments


You contradict yourself a lot in this review. It can't be that hard to make an opinion about this album and stick to it. You pretty much decided on the rating going in anyway.

bastard
December 15th 2008



3435 Comments


reviews pretty uninspired, much like planewreck said.



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