Recall the opening lines from “Memory Lane”, the sixth track on Nas’s classic album Illmatic:
I rap for listeners, bluntheads, fly ladies and prisoners
Henessey-holders and old-school niggas
Kendrick’s rhymes are relatable for everyone. Whether you are an A+ student, a gang member, or someone that over-analyzes life and doesn’t enjoy it as much as they could, his words speak directly to you. Perhaps this is because he has seen both worlds: he’s been the good kid and the criminal.