[Verse 2]

from Kendrick Lamar – A.D.H.D Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This song serves as a deep commentary on our generation’s ADHD, he approaches a girl who claims they are both crack babies and then bails right away in search of her drink saying she’ll explain later but at that moment she is a little more concerned that the party might be too loud and get busted.
Kendrick is highlighting a huge point about our apparent ADHD: we are so focused on our party, our drinks and our drugs that we can barely take a minute out of raging to make a real human connection. Not only that, we feel we need these things to make any human connection at all. Just as Kendrick tries to socialize with this girl, she bails looking for her drink, once he’s alone with her and about to share a connection (albeit shallow) with her, they get interrupted by a homie with some dank bud. And in true ADHD fashion, they forget the intimacy and self-medicate some more (She looked at me, looked at it, grabbed it), choosing drugs over love which reminds her to explain why they are crack babies. .

Kendrick is lamenting the party and drug oriented focus our generation has over any real human connection. Our generation’s ADHD has us prioritizing drugs and alcohol over reality and then once we’re properly fucked up, either nervous about being caught or unsure if we’re actually fucked up enough leading to more drugs to numb our insecurities. Kendrick doesn’t know where the human connection can be made in the midst of all this and in his attempt, is unsuccessful because in the end we’re all crack babies. Love and human connection require a vulnerability we’d rather avoid by putting up walls and focusing on derailing our emotional and rational selves with drugs, drugs, and more drugs. .

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