This is the life of another girl damaged by the system
These foster homes, I run away and never do miss 'em

from Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The system is the struggle of a life forced upon the majority of minorities in the ghetto, specifically in this song. Girls are affected by having them become whores — both this girl AND her sister, Keisha, were affected by it the same way.

They grew up in foster homes with no guidance or support, so they end up hustling on the streets. They continually run away in this transient life because there’s no real sense of family or home.

This mention of “foster home” parallels the metaphor of the ghetto as an “orphanage” mentioned in verse 1.

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