Dumb niggas like me never prosper

from Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Often times, the hood creates an environment that perpetuates ignorance and a mentality of victimhood.

Dave’s brother is a prime example of this, he feels that just because he’s from Compton, he won’t accomplish anything of substance. He feels as though Kendrick is different because he’s talented and is truly a good person. However, he can’t see any good within himself and doesn’t feel as though he has any redeeming qualities.

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