I don't even know what's real, I'm just being real

from Ab-Soul – Pineal Gland Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

This is a dope line. As most rappers say “I’m real” or “I’m the realest”, Ab-Soul tweaks the statement, saying that he doesn’t even know what real is anymore. He’s lost the ability to distinguish reality from dreams/hallucinations. “I don’t even know what’s real” also confuses the audience as is seems it is contradicts the next part of the line. .

Or with the second part of the line he’s either saying that he can’t tell what’s real in the outside world, so all he can do is be real with himself; or he’s commenting on the words before, basically saying he honestly can’t tell the difference between real and fake.

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