I've got twenty-five lighters on my dresser, yes sir

from Kendrick Lamar – Backseat Freestyle Lyrics on Rap Genius


“Twenty-five lighters” refers to the practice of drug dealers hiding small baggies in the inside of lighters.

Kendrick, being familiar with classic hip hop, is probably referencing DJ DMD’s “25 Lighters,” which is also referenced in Big KRIT’s “Money On The Floor.” This line’s earliest use is in 8-Ball and MJG’s song “All in my Mind” from the album On Top of the World in 1995.

This is a very iconic line and has even made its way into the hook of the rock song by ZZ Top “I Gotsta Get Paid.”

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