A quarter tank of gas, one pistol, and orange soda
The tank is not filled, which can have different meanings.
- They’re either too broke to keep it filled,
- They’re driving around all day, hanging, smoking, drinking
- The almost empty tank might give them trouble later (if you go further in the song, they get chased by the police)
And “one pistol” indicates that there’s always someone strapped, someone ready to shoot if there’s trouble. Kendrick is simply beginning to paint a picture of an everyday routine for someone facing the struggles of the Compton environment and very likely possibility of violence that comes with it. The way Kendrick casually mentions the pistol in between the gas and orange soda takes the emphasis off it, and makes it seem like it’s no big deal.
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