I'm way more polished than 99% of the scholars you thought had graduated
People who graduate from college are depicted as well spoken and well educated but Kendrick is saying that graduating doesn’t mean shit and there are a lot of people out there who have great degrees but either don’t do anything worthwhile with their lives or they have no respect, morals, honor or integrity. Kendrick, despite not going to college, has more of these attributes than 99% of the people who did actually graduate and therefore he is a more polished person than any of these graduates.
Rap is often associated with school terms (freshmen, sophomore album)
This can be interpreted as the scholars in Hip-Hop that we all praise. And Kendrick saying he’s more polished than them.
Fun fact: While Lamar was in school, he was a stellar student. Despite passing his classes on the teacher’s good side, he was real shy and didn’t really show off his intelligence.
This is always in my head: There was a math question that I knew the answer to, but I was so scared to say it, then this little chick said the answer and it was the right answer, my answer. That bothers me still to this day, bein' scared of failure.
So he literally may be smarter than people that graduate, he had a 4.0.
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