Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that's just how I feel

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Anna Wise & Jay Rock) – Money Trees Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Having a lot of money is the most comfortable place to be. Kendrick is trying to suggest that although he feels passionately about the above statements, having a large amount of money shades him from facing hardships that many people encounter today.

You have two options: pursue money or pursue meaning. Both can get you rich if you hustle hard enough. However, the pursuit of purely money is just a temporary place for security. This also implies that money and wealth is extremely susceptible to evil (might make you do some shady things).

Later in the album, Kendrick tells us that they are ‘dying of thirst’. Literally speaking, shade can serve to temporally subdue their need to be saved, but does not fix the problem.

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