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When he was younger, Kendrick wanted to own a champagne colored Chevy Tahoe, perhaps like those often glamorized in rap videos and movies

This desire changed once he witnessed a man driving this type of car get shot to death by the police. Though the man was drinking “syrup” aka “lean,” in this case, it was his gun shot wounds that literally “leaned” him in the end. This incident caused Kendrick to feel disdain toward phony rappers who glamorize the gangster lifestyle without ever having actually lived it or its very real consequences.

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Easy E, a prominent gangsta rapper of the 90s, founded Ruthless Records and was also from Compton.

Continuing his message from the previous line mentioning Game and Easy E, Kendrick emphasizes once again that he is not a criminal or gangster. He does point out, however, that he’s not soft or sissy either.

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Eminem, being the comic book fan that he is, is likely referencing Dick Tracy, a fictional police detective that was featured in his own comic strip.

The Dick Tracy comics were also adapted into a major motion picture in 1990, starring actor Warren Beatty.

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Though Kendrick hails from Compton like both Game and Eazy-E, there are notable differences between the lifestyles and music of these three artists.

While Game and Eazy-E were involved in drug dealing and gang activity while making their way into the rap game and are two of the West Coast’s most notable faces of Gangsta Rap, Kendrick is focused less on following in their footsteps and more on being himself.

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Kendrick spits complex and meaningful lyrics too deep for simple minded people to understand. Despite the intellect and technical skill that he puts into his music, however, his rhymes still maintain a certain crudeness reminiscent of the early antics of Eminem’s alter ego, Slim Shady.

Though Eminem’s real name is Marshall Mathers, most people just know him as the sick fuck who brought us some of the crudest, most female-friendly lyrics of the past two decades:

Shut up slut, you’re causing too much chaos!
Just bend over and take it like a slut, okay ma?

What a sweet guy!

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He is referring to Hurricane Katrina, which ripped through New Orleans in 2005 and left the city in shambles.

Despite the wreckage, the people of New Orleans demonstrated great strength and perseverance in enduring such a tragedy.

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The hook samples the Turtles' hit song “Happy Together”, released in 1967.

It conveys the idea that he and the woman of his dreams are meant to be together forever.

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He now speaks directly to his listeners to explain that he’s passing on his blessings through the music he makes.

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He wonders if things will get better for him and his family, predicting that maybe having a bit more money in his pockets might solve his problems.

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He is dismayed by news reports reflecting the crazy and frightening times awaiting his nieces and nephews who’ve barely begun to experience life and the world around them.

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These lines have a metaphorical meaning. Throughout his life, Eminem has often discussed how the demands of his music career have interfered in his personal life, forcing him to choose between making music and spending time with his daughters. With that being said, this line seems almost to subtly allude to the idea that, for him, music and family are mutually exclusive— that only when “the girls are sleep” or not around does he feel like he can give in to his passion for music, which is constantly calling to him.