Real is responsibility. Real is taking care of your motherfucking family. Real is God, nigga

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Anna Wise) – Real Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

He means that realness is accepting your responsibilities as a man such as taking care of your family and loved ones, and keeping faith in God throughout the highs and lows of life, not living in the streets and gang-banging.

Many people go to things like drugs or inflicting mass amounts of pain because it’s the only way they can know they are real. There are, however, much more wholesome and fulfilling ways to realize that you’re real, i.e loving yourself.

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