Nigga, I was rehearsing in repetition the phrase
That only one in a million will ever see better days
He was feeling discouraged because it seemed impossible to get out of Compton. All of the signs showed that only “one in a million” ever made it, he kept thinking, I couldn’t be that one in a million?
This also references the Better Dayz track where 2 Pac speaks about reflecting on choices in life but never giving up.
Kendrick is also a fan of Aaliyah, as we learned in Section.80. One of her biggest singles, One in a Million, came out before Kendrick was 17. Aaliyah grew up in Detriot, which is notorious for its violence and poverty, like Compton. She’s one of the few who made it out, so watch that Black Girl Fly.
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