Compton made you believe success wasn't real

from Kendrick Lamar – Black Boy Fly Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Being from Compton, or any hood for that matter, young kids don’t see themselves getting out. Kendrick relates to this

The constant exposure to bad situations within his neighborhood had instilled a mind state of hopelessness within Kendrick. Where he believed the city had cast a dark shadow over those with hope and that success was an illusion and something that couldn’t be obtained if your from Compton.

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