Tori come, sit up on this dick, I see you waiting
Need a baby cause I'm too young and wild to be the savior (savior)
Nail me to the cross and I'm just hanging
Modest by Isaiah Rashad

The rap community has chosen Rashad to be the next best socially-conscious-rapper and follow in Kendrick’s freshly made footsteps, but he currently won’t. His reason could be one of two:

  • He wants to wild out:
    He’s in no rush to leave his old lifestyle behind and do so. He’s young, wild, and is going to enjoy his current lifestyle until something mentally or physically (people usually use babies as an excuse to settle down) causes him to want to settle down and be the role model that everyone wants him to be.

  • He’s ashamed that he isn’t stable enough:
    There’s a reoccurring theme of suicidal thoughts and drug dependencies throughout Cilvia Demo, and Rashad appears to be pleading for a way out. He knows that he’s not the best role model and thus can’t be the “savior” of conscious rap right now, but he really wants to be and goes as far as to use the hyperbolic idea of having a baby just to settle down and change his ways.

There’s also a Christian motif present throughout these bars, as shown by ‘savior’, ‘baby’, ‘serpent’, and ‘nail me to the cross’, which is used to emphasize how pressured Rashad feels to be the “savior” or conscious rap.

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April 16th, 2014

I think that by saying he’ll just be hanging on the cross doing nothing people would ascertain he isn’t actually a savior like Jesus, whom he refers to in the lyrics, was.

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Hazy, oh baby, I'm better when blind
I don't see nothin' this perfect can fine (yeah yeah)
Banana by Isaiah Rashad

Rashad is convincing his anti-smoking girl that weed doesn’t blind him, but makes him more enlightened and perceptive instead. Moreover, there’s a theme of vision in these bars, since you physically can’t see through haze, which blinds your sight, but Rashad claims that he can actually perceive the world more clearly when hazy/high.

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They got.. Tec-9's for Jesus
So I figured that the second coming wasn't never coming
Tranquility by Isaiah Rashad

The streets have become warped with violence, racism, and poverty, and it’s not getting much better. The people that are stuck in the trap feel as if society has left them behind, and they have lost all faith in society. They’ve done so even to the point that they resent and hold Jesus responsible for their destitute environment. With this loss of faith, Rashad is claiming that there isn’t much hope to save the streets. Even if someone did try to help, they might get shot down out of resentment and spite.

He says “wasnt never” which is a double negative, which would mean the second coming is coming. Isaiah Rashad is trying take a concept like the rapture and juxtapose it with Hope, specifically in the streets, to display the magnitude of the survival aspect when living in the “streets”.

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We get this shit together our power's in numbers Y'All Scared by Outkast (Ft. Goodie Mob)

Building off of the Malcolm X quote which was referenced two bars ago, Malcolm X was a famed supporter of the Pan-African movement: the idea that all blacks should unite to fight oppression and create their own destiny, rather than succumb to ones which were assigned to them by oppressors. Stemming from this movement is the theory that if all of the blacks in America unified and created their own political party, per se, they would be able to influence the polls enough to effectively stop or fight oppression.

  • Khujo could be supporting this theory, and in turn be telling blacks to unite and fight for their rights through the ballots rather than killing one another over turf and money and in turn enforcing stereotypes.

  • Khujo could also be taking more of a Black Panther approach, saying that the mass amount of blacks in America is large enough to be able to create an army of enough size to be able to demand the end of oppression, by any means necessary.

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Rewind, please, girl, be mine II. shadows by Childish Gambino 1

Upon his girl’s confused response to his question, Gambino immediately wishes that he had never asked it. Her lack of understanding hurts him, and he wishes that he could turn back time to a place when he was ignorant of her misunderstanding. For although he wouldn’t know the truth of their failing relationship, he would be happy.

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(From him is where I get it from, they tell me I need to) No Makeup (Her Vice) by Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Colin Munroe)
  • “Him” could be capitalized, thus representing God. Keisha could thus be saying that she is so insecure that although she knows that her oddities were chosen by God to make her specifically unique, she can’t seem to accept them and views them as “imperfections”.
  • “him” could be lowercase, thus representing man as a whole. In this case, Keisha could be saying that the pressure put upon her by a male-dominated society that values her solely for her attractiveness is responsible for her insecurities and cover-up.

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January 6th, 2014

The “Him” goes back to the line “From heaven, is where you got it from” since God resides in Heaven.

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But I'm in something I don't know how to get out of Love Game by Eminem (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) 1

Eminem has flooded MMLP2 with contemporary rap references and even name-drops Kanye later on in the song, so this line could easily be a reference to his line “That’s why I’m in it and I can’t get out” from I’m in It. Eminem and Kanye are in parallel situations in the two songs, both being in brutal relationships that they don’t know how to (or if they want to) get out of. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2KyJLvsNSU

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Every girl I've ever had either says I got too much baggage
Or I'm too fucking dramatic
Love Game by Eminem (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) 1
  • As we all know by now, Eminem isn’t very good with the ladies. Eminem is in his Slim Shady persona right now, and Shady is wild and has a lot of baggage.
  • Eminem is continuing the literary motif started in the previous line by describing himself/Shady as a dramatic character. A dramatic character is one who constantly changes throughout a story and is the opposite of a static character.

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March 15th, 2014

I think what slim means by baggage is his own dick. He means that some girls think that his dick was too big for them

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Told the stupid nigga to duck under the water
He drowned, like an abortion, they booked you for manslaughter
You beat the case and I called ya
"Sherane is not available now leave a message at the tone
Love Game by Eminem (Ft. Kendrick Lamar) 1

There’s a big debate as to whether a fetus is a real person or not. Those who believe fetuses to be real people, could thus call an abortion manslaughter. Lamar is playing on this phrase by using it in a legal way (she didn’t want this guy to die, but he ended up drowning in that pussy, like how a baby does in amniotic fluid when it’s aborted) and in a more phonetic way (since she unintentionally slaughtered a man).

Sherane is a notorious girl that Lamar used to fuck with and introduced us to in the intro to his major label debut, good kid, m.A.A.d. city.

The ‘beep’ sound is the same message tone in Dr. Dre’s “Fuck You”.

May be paying homage to Em’s “baby slaughtering” bars on the BET Cypher.

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April 2nd, 2014

He also drowned LITERALLY. They were doing fellatio in her mother’s bath tub and the granny walked in. Surprised, she told him to duck and hide under the water so the granny wouldn’t see him. He drowned.

Kendrick calls him stupid because the guy was stupid enough to stay under water in a bath tub long enough to kill himself.

March 15th, 2014

In this line, Kendrick is actually poking fun at his own album. The voicemail in this verse is a parody of the voice mails in “good kid, m.a.a.d city”

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January 15th, 2014

That’s…not how an abortion works.

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And we drive, and we drive, and we drive until we get to the part of town/
Where it looks like the American Dream is still alive
Brotherly Love by Taalam Acey

Earlier in the song, Acey talked about how he went to college to pursue the American Dream, but it didn’t work out and now he’s in a poverty stricken neighborhood where the American Dream has failed. They’re now going to a part of down that has big houses and is rich, where it looks like the inhabitants succeeded in living the American Dream.

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