In Oakland, in Oakland

from Childish Gambino (Ft. Lloyd) – III. Telegraph Ave. ("Oakland" by Lloyd) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Oakland, like anything else in life, has many sides to it. Despite recent facelifts by ex-mayor Jerry Brown, Oakland still carries a reputation for being the crime ridden, industrial, working class, sister to The City across the Bay, San Francisco.

Labels and perceptions vary in truth, and as of late things are looking up for the resilient City of Oakland.

Like Oakland, it’s hard to put labels on Gambino’s “old flame.” She’s much too complicated a person to do that. You can’t pass judgement on Oakland without living in her and experiencing her way of life. The only way to truly know her is to be with her, and the same holds true for Donald’s girl.

OR…

Maybe she just lives in Oakland.

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