If I told you that a flower bloomed in a dark room, would you trust it?

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Drake) – Poetic Justice Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The “flower” is Kendrick (pause) and the dark room is his hometown, Compton. Plants (flowering or otherwise) require exposure to light to grow, as they use the energy from that light to transform carbon dioxide into sugars (that the plant feeds on) and oxygen.

Kendrick asks the girl if she trusts him and believes that he turned out to be a good and decent man despite the fact that he grew up in a hood riddled with violence and gang warfare, knowing it seems difficult to believe this is possible.

The reiteration of this line from the first verse suggests an emphasis on the figurative idea of trust in relation to the flower.

This could also be metaphoric to love between two people blooming in an unorthodox way; a one night stand or in a club, both physically and metaphorically darker places.

Also, during the flowering phase of marijuana or its blooming, it is said that one method is to give the plant only 11 hours of light through the day and leave in darkness for the rest.In the end this marijuana has many clinical and recreation uses. kendrinck could be refering to this and that just like this flower(marijuana) that grows in the dark, he did too in Compton.

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