America target our rap market, it's controversy and hate
Harsh realities we in made our music translate
To the coke dealers, the hood rich, and the broke niggas that play
With them gorillas that know killers that know where you stay

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Dr. Dre) – Compton Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kendrick is speaking to complexity of the never-ending debate about the benefit or detriment of hip-hop on the public. He asserts that because of harsh socioeconomic conditions that plague the ghettos of America, the subject matter will reflect the speaker’s experiences. Ultimately, hip-hop is also a genre of music that is truly made by the people it speaks to, and for the people it speaks about.

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