My hands dirty, you worried 'bout mud in your sink

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. GLC) – Poe Man's Dreams (His Vice) Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

he tries to clean up his act with the help of others people are more concerned about getting their ‘sink’ getting dirty than helping him.

I used to want to see the penitentiary
Way after elementary

At the beginning of the first verse he sets up the juxtaposition with ‘used to’ he then traces his thought process to thinking he was destined to be a problem to looking to change through religion. But he basically says fuck that, “I don’t hear god”. “If I’m a good person I’m a good person if I’m bad I’m bad”, I’ll base that on my instincts. He’s going to adhere to his own instinctive morality and not subscribe to the Minister’s. Another way of saying you’ll know the tree by it’s fruit.

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