The next day I-I woke up in the morning, seen you on the news
Looked in the mirror, then realized I-I-I had something to prove

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Gunplay) – Cartoon & Cereal Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Although Lamar was not a gangbanger growing up (he was an A+ student!) Lamar said that he has seen relatives who have died in his dreams for years

The violence in his neighborhood of Compton is often featured on the news — it was this horror that made Kendrick want to devote his music to curbing violence and deconstructing the notion that Ignorance is Bliss

Kendrick’s stuttering is reminiscent of another stuttering cartoon character:

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