This is cul-de-sac and plenty Cognac and major pain
A description of what his story is about:
A cul-de-sac is not a through street, in other words, a dead-end (i.e. hopelessness)
Cognac represents an alcoholic upbringing (see “Swimming Pools”.
Compton, his m.A.A.d city, is this cul-de-sac in life and was filled with struggle and pain.
Also a reference to the Damon Wayns movie “Major Payne” (pain/Payne) that connects to the next line.
Kendrick refers to the cul-de-sac in the second verse of “Average Joe” and is seen walking around the cul-de-sac in the videos for “BackSeat Freestyle” and more prominently “She Needs Me” this is probably the street Kendrick grew up on in Compton- reminiscing down “memory lane”
“Cul-de-sac” is also a pun and sounds like “cold as heck,” possibly eluding to life in Compton being cold and unpleasant. They pour liquor on the curb for their dead friends and a cul-de-sac is just one big circular curb.
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