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"Work on Deck"

This was the moment when Gucci Mane was becoming hip-hop's center of gravity, and his influence definitely shows on "Work on Deck." It was the beginning of Soulja's first major reinvention, and, especially in conjunction with the video, shows how re-energized Soulja seems by the prospect of Southern rap's big aesthetic shift at the time: "Raised in Atlanta, but born in Chicago/Back in Mississippi man I had the hood locked/With a backpack full of money and a half in my sock."

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