The Art of Peer Pressure

Album: Good Kid, M.A.A.D City (2012)

Songfacts®:

  • This track finds Lamar telling the story of a break into a neighbor's house as he confesses how his character would change when he was around his homies. "It's about being a teenager from L.A. and being influenced by your peers and who you're hanging out with," he told Complex magazine.
    "[I overcame peer pressure in my life because] I had a father in my life," continued Lamar. That's a big part of my life. I had respect for him. He wasn't right there, he couldn't be there all the time, and he wasn't no perfect person. But at the same time, he had much love for me. He made sure I had a better life. He made sure I found that life through music."
  • Tabu's smooth to sinister production samples the Danish Hip-Hop group Suspekt's 2011 track, "Helt Alene."

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