This song finds Lamar looking deep into himself in order to analyze what makes us real. "That's the start of me recognizing everything I was doing throughout that day, it wasn't real," explained the Compton rapper to Complex magazine: "Everybody has their own perception of what a 'real nigga' is. Most of the time a real nigga is a street cat or someone putting in some type of work and doing violence. That's what we thought they was. Someone who's about that life."
"But on that record, it was me getting an understanding of what real is," he continued, "and my pops breaking down on that record. It shows the influence he had on my life. Real is taking care of your family. Real is responsibility. Real is believing in a high power, believing in God. Real is having morals. Real is carrying yourself in a manner where you're not influenced by anybody else. You have your own mind, your own outlook on life. You're not doing what's just the trend or doing what people want you to do."
Thefurion101 from MacedoniaReal talk, I had a similar moment of realization recently and stumbled upon this song when the whole text just completely clicked. Props to Kendrick for his strength, talent, and personal growth, keep shining!
Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.
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