Back to reality we poor, ya bish
Another casualty at war, ya bish
Two bullets in my Uncle Tony head
He said one day I'll be on tour, ya bish
Back to reality, after talking about the good life he was dreaming about. His Uncle Tony was killed (same Uncle Tony from his Overly Dedicated mixtape). His uncle always told him he’d be on tour one day. Kendrick plays off of tour/casualty at war to emphasize deaths in the hood are like “war casualties”, as it seems war is always going on in the streets.
Ironically, even though he was killed, Kendrick’s uncle Tony lives on through Kendrick’s music, essentially going on tour with him. Through Kendrick’s music the dreams of people around him are realized, giving them a voice they didn’t previously have.
There’s a possible pun using “poor.” Sometimes, people pour out some of their drink in memory of someone who has passed (casualty at war).
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