In Oakland, in Oakland (x8)

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

Meaning

She’s the only one he truly knows but she’s so far away from him and his lifestyle, living her life in Oakland.

This may also allude to the screenplay, where Bino — or The Boy — and his boys arrive in Oakland and Bino sees Nyla. He wants to be with “someone who knows him a little” but she rejects him. Seeing as she’s the only person he knows in Oakland and she’s shut him out, he doesn’t what to do anymore. See the screenplay here.

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