But what love got to do with it when you don't love yourself?

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


This line directly references Tina Turner’s 1980’s hit about rejecting love in favor of a more transaction-based look at relationship, “What’s Love Got To Do with It”

As the homie Shakespeare said, “Self-love, my liege, is not so vile a sin, as self-neglecting.”

This is a comment on her definition of love and what love really is; she “loves” having all these material possessions but how can she truly love anyone or even value life itself if she doesn’t value her own life? Kendrick questions the worth of the love she expresses when she doesn’t even have self-respect

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