Man, I gotta get down with God cause I got my sins up

from Kendrick Lamar – Fuck Your Ethnicity Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Note the juxtaposition of the words down and up in order to create a contrast. Living his lifestyle, he encounters many temptations and has sinned like everyone else. In order to be forgiven, he needs to turn to God.

On October 27, 2012 during his show at the Staples Center, Kendrick stopped his set mid-show to give a shout out to his bishop in the audience and he revealed that he had recently gotten baptized, and turned his life over to God and stated:

I am now protected in not only the physical realm but the spiritual realm.

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