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Soulja Boy, "Turn My Swag on" (2008)

If seen through the lens of Beyoncé's high-profile marriage to Jay Z, "Hold Up" is a darkly autobiographical exploration of romantic betrayal. Yet "Hold Up" is built upon an inner confidence that lets her strike more complex notes than sadness. In trying to understand the situation, a bit of caustic irony is her weapon, as she lightly sings the chorus to the popular 2008 Soulja Boy record "Turn My Swag on" at the song's close as if it were a nursery rhyme: "I hop up out the bed and get my swag on/I look in the mirror, say 'What's Up'?" An oddly optimistic end for a lost lover's lament? Or self-assurance in the face of another's mistake?

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