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Kendrick wonders if gang members, police, good kids, and people of all kinds can ever leave peacefully as a society, instead of battling against each other all the time.

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To complete their mission is to successfully end their robbery.

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“That’s what he’s not gon' do.” is referring to the fact that Kendrick is tripping as in the dialogue shown above, and is probably to doped up to have sex with Sherane.

One of Kendrick’s homies suggests that they meet back up at 12 (midnight), because he wants to fuck someone too and wants more time. “Nigga you ain’t doing shit tonight” is an attack on homie’s pimp status. It’s a waste of time to delay until 12 because this he’s not gonna laid for sure no matter how much time he has.

They killed the homie’s suggestion to meet up around 12 while still sticking with the original plan of dropping Dot off at his mother’s van. In the meantime, they’re going to get in some trouble.

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When Kendrick ended the last line with with all disrespect let me say this, what he meant by this is bitch don’t kill my vibe — a warning to artists that aren’t on his level to not get in his way or impede what he’s trying to do with his music.

In the version with Lady Gaga, this second hook is slightly different from the first: Gaga says “human” instead of “sinner” and “fall again” instead of “sin again”, strangely removing the religious terminology.

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Mo' money mo' problems. Kendrick detects his life changing as he becomes more successful.

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February 20th, 2014

Kendrick has been the same person throughout his journey to success.K dot feels the environment around him change as the people he has relationships with become jealous of his success. People around him have become different people “New people” because of this.

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He is talking to his old self — his old mind state. The entire album shows how much he has changed as an individual from where he is from. He escaped, and the old Kendrick may have seen this happen to other people in the past and been jealous of their success and ability to get out.

Asking the listener why do you resent every making of his? Whether that be physical attributes or even just your past, personality and family. This could be something Kendrick has asked himself before.

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March 14th, 2014

Continuing from the thoughts of the confirmed annotation that aids the understanding of these last lines with a clip from Kendrick’s interview. It would seem he’s speaking to relevant artists in the rap genre. He seems to be asking them why do they resent the making of his current music. While it may not be following all of the artist’s music trends or the trends of the genre at the moment it’s still music with powerful messages intermingled. So why resent music with a message just because it doesn’t follow a certain standardized trend in the moment?

This aids the understanding of the next line which is Kendrick’s response to any resentment of how his current music sounds and what it may be conveying to listeners.

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If the mistakes that Kendrick wears on his sleeve look like the person he’s talking to, they may have made some mistakes themselves that they aren’t afraid of sharing.

He sees that he has come from the same upbringing as those around him. Kendrick and others have all made the same mistakes in the past, but he’s been able to overcome them

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December 30th, 2013

I’m pretty sure from my perspective he’s been talking to the Kendrick from before, or the Kendrick who took his moms car. I know everyone wants to annotate the lyrics to mean some Hopsin tier preachy shit, like ‘'what real rap is’‘, but if you go according to how this ablbum is set up, then this whole song is Kendrick to Kendrick, talking to his old self telling him to not kill his vibe, and that he’s burning the bridge. Ever since Daves brother died and he met the old lady, he’s been ’‘Real’‘, and throws away the Kendrick that did what others did because it was popular, like in Swimming Pools, and The Art of Peer Pressure. Then The song transitions into K.Dot completely, with Backstreet Freestyle.

March 14th, 2014

With the addition of the confirmed annotation above these lines suggest that Kendrick is reflecting here on his music in general. He mentions in the interview that he’s picking on the idea of his music following a trend like many other rappers do. Here he’s admitting that yes his music did sound trendy like theirs to begin with but begins to imply that he changed it for that reason and more.

January 27th, 2014

could be at lil wayne. on c4 kendrick used lil waynes style. lil wayne is sometimes to referd to as the death of hip hop

January 25th, 2014

I think this line is much simpler. If you listen to Kendrick’s explanation of the previous line he said “when the cameras are on me I’m still gonna show you [my vulnerabilities], because I know you can relate to it, at the end of the day”

In this line he is relating to the listener, or just his overall audience.

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To wear your heart on your sleeve is to openly display your emotions. Kendrick openly admits his mistakes very readily.

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As a young man, Kendrick had to pay for his mistakes. When he screwed up, he was left with permanent physical or emotional damage to remind himself of it.

This may be alluding to being sensitive, more sensitive than he thinks he should be.

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March 20th, 2014

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Sometimes Kendrick just needs to be left alone. At present, he feels doesn’t feel the need to share, because he is happy with his drink and his music.

His drink (alcohol), and some forms of music that could contribute to “sin,” or could be a sin in itself. Kendrick may or may not understand this, but in any event, he doesn’t want anyone to ruin his good mood.

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Editor note: I have read through all of the comments here and on the individual lines and tried to incorporate them, along with my own interpretations, into a more “big-picture” friendly analysis. Let me know if you like it.

Frank is neither mocking nor vaunting the “sweet life”, he is just presenting it and letting the listener apply their own opinion to it. To think that he is completely making fun of the character in this song says more about your own opinions than it does Frank’s…

"I think me, you and Am should ménage Friday" (Kanye West – Monster) | rejected

To me it still sounds like “Friday”, and not even close to “a trois”

"Young Money is the roster and a monster crew" (Kanye West – Monster) | rejected

It does kind of sound like that, but could you explain how that makes any sense at all?

Tee, much of this information was written by people who are big Canibus fans. Sometimes the rappers we like the best are the ones we pick on the most. We see an ass eating reference and can’t help ourselves. I recommend Bis' new album “C of Tranquility”

"Dark Knight feeling, die and be a hero / Or live long eno..." (Kanye West – So Appalled) | rejected

Good point, but he kind of did. You could say it was accidental or that Nolan isn’t 100% faithful to Batman lore (or that Two-Face is not even dead…), but he tackled him off the side of a building, resulting in his (probable) death.

"Used to have this white bitch, she looked like Madonna th..." (Clipse – Popular Demand (Popeyes)) | rejected

BUT…if you come up with some solid evidence, we’ll certainly add it

"Used to have this white bitch, she looked like Madonna th..." (Clipse – Popular Demand (Popeyes)) | rejected

That is the biggest stretch I’ve ever heard, and it’s also almost definitely not correct. It’s possible that “white bitch” is a metaphor for cocaine, but there is not enough evidence to suggest that. Keep up with the feedback though.

"Them hoes coming in a baker's dozen" (Kanye West – So Appalled) | rejected

A dozen is 12 but a “baker’s dozen” is 13. Baker’s often throw in an extra one if they’re nice

Sorry!