Cameras is looking
It's hard to channel your energy when you know you're crooked
When you’re poor, it’s hard to generate motivation to do anything.
Note the wordplay repetition of ‘channel’. Kendrick is emphasizing that you can’t channel the energy when you know you’re “crooked”. Being crooked isn’t about being poor — it’s about knowing you’re doing wrong. When you’re crooked, you find it hard to have the energy to care about what’s going on, such as feeling bad for the death of innocent bystanders. So you’re not showing up in front of cameras mourning, instead you’re just numb.
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