Eight doobies to the face, fuck that

from Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The overall concept of the song is that a person diagnosed with ADHD is going to have a short attention span when it comes to thoughts, conversations, etc. They display a sense of apathy characterized by the “fuck that” mentality.

Kendrick pronounces “that” with a weird inflection so to make it sound like the word “thought,” referring to how people use drugs as a way to avoid thought. The marijuana, alcohol, painkillers all mess with and disable our thoughts. It’s a social commentary on the mental state of the ever-increasing medicated and apathetic youth. It’s important to add that he’s not judging them for the “Fuck That” mentality. He’s merely showing the state of his Section 80 generation and highlighting that they are more than anything a PRODUCT of their times.

“Fuck that” is also pronounced in a way to sound like he could be saying “Fuck Dot”, a reference to his former rap name “K-Dot”. Saying “Fuck Dot” could be Kendrick’s way of saying he has moved beyond his old ways and is now proud to be Kendrick Lamar; a kid who doesn’t need 8 doobies, 12 bottles, 2 pills or a half weight to make him happy.

It’s not unlikely that Kendrick is trying to be ambiguous here; rappers often bend words phonetically to give them new meanings. M.I.A. does so in “Lovalot”, making “I really love a lot” sound like “I really love Allah,” which is pertinent given that a huge part of the song is a response to Russian teenager Dzhennet Abdurakhmanova’s 2010 suicide bombing. Kendrick very powerfully complicates the subject matter of his song the same way, so consider the way he says “Fuck that” a triple-entendre / sound pun.

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