I use perseverance in this mad city

from Kendrick Lamar – Average Joe Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kendrick had this phrase in mind several years before it took full form in his 2012 album. The verses in this song are apt in the context of the album’s title: he’s a good kid in a m.A.A.d city.

Where you from? “I don’t bang"
Where you stay? "Westside”, that’s a Piru gang to be exact

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