But what love got to do with it when I don't love myself

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

Meaning

How can anyone expect you to be able to love someone else with all your heart & soul, when you can’t even love yourself? Kendrick is expounding upon one of the main staples of his Hii Power movement: self respect, and trying to give back “words of encouragement” to marginalized youth in hopes that they garner enough self respect to choose Plan A and evade the seduction of gang life.

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