Kendrick being driven by Jealousy
On one record, Kendrick speaks about being jealous of a kid named “Justin Young” out of his neighborhood of Compton. Young is a basketball player who makes it out of the hood and is afraid that he’ll be the last one to make it out of the hood before he does. “What up, What up, N***a you made it,” Kendrick raps on the hook. This song takes the classic Notorious B.I.G. lyric “either you slinging crack rock or got a wicked jumpshot” to the next level and applies it to this own personal experiences. The general message in this song is that making out of Compton was the goal by any means necessary.
In conclusion, fans of Section. 80 will be glad to know that the records that were played at this particular listening session were all personal. It didn’t matter if they had bounce to it, were smoothed out headphone friendly joints, or just an exercise in lyrical ability. Kendrick explained that this album haunted him and that he had to get out these demons for him to even continue with life.
Kendrick Lamar’s good kid, m.A.A.d. city hits stores October 22nd.