To a baby boy to be just like you, I wonder what's that worth
I-I wonder if you ever knew that you was a role model to me first
The kid being born may well be picking up a handgun soon, following the image created by his gun-wielding peers. These peers don’t know that their behavior is making them role models, though.
Living in Compton is not an easy life especially for a child being raised by young parents. His mother was giving birth to Kendrick who would have to think like his father due to the situation (hood life, young parents, poor, drug use) he was born into. He wonders if that actually meant anything to his father (wonders what that’s worth) who was so caught up in his own life that he left his child to grow here on his own. Kendrick even wonders if his father knows that at such a young age obviously he would look up to his Father and want to be just like him. ( sons think their fathers are strong instictively, even though he’s living in the hood )
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