The days I tried to cover up and conceal
My pride, it only made it harder for me to deal
Kendrick is looking back to his younger days back when he would be involved in the wrong crowd and was afraid to stand up for what he believed was right. He was too influenced by his homies to express his frustration with the hood life.
The use of the word deal is a reference to the phrase “You play with the cards you’re dealt” — It means to not complain about not having an optimal situation but to just deal with things as they are and make the best of it that you can.
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