Livin' in a premature place - wait
Kendrick is starting to blow up, but he hasn’t reached his peak yet. It’s premature. Just wait, and he’ll be everywhere.
He is surrounded by people that aren’t challenging or inspiring him. He thinks outside the box and is eager to learn, while his peers are holding him back intellectually. Saying that his habitat is a premature place is a metaphor to say people need to grow up!
Kendrick grew up in Compton, California, a city synonymous with gang violence. The median age for joining a gang is 14 (Huff, 1998).
This phrase could refer to the critical race studies of RW Gilmore in Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California where he says
[Racism is] the state-sanctioned and/or extralegal production and exploitation of group-differentiated vulnerability to premature death.
The premature place Kendrick is referring to is the area in which he and the people he knows or knew are living in which exposes them to these hazards that will likely lead to a premature death.
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