Derek “MixedByAli” Ali

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. DJ Dahi, Dr. Dre, Jay Rock & Punch) – Good kid, m.A.A.d city [Credits] Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

That’s a real powerful record. It’s going to go over a lot of people’s heads. That record tells the story about the kid from the inner city who doesn’t really get too much attention. He’s overlooked and disrespected by the community.

The police [be disrespectful] in the city. They don’t give a fuck about you. They do whatever they gotta do to get they paycheck or their raises. That shit’s the worst. He shows the part of the city from the inner city that made it out. That didn’t have to gang-bang but they went through the bullshit but didn’t get caught up in robbing and killing.

And there’s another kid, how being a good kid is being stuck inside of the box and how [he] has no choice but to ride along on the drive-by shooting, have no choice but to go into the houses and rob, because this is what he’s around. This is his friends and family doing this, he’s just going with his people.

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