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Kendrick Lamar - m.A.A.d city

[Intro/Bridge]
If Pirus and Crips all got along
They'd probably gun me down by the end of this song
Seem like the whole city go against me
Every time I'm in the street I hear

[Schoolboy Q]
"Yock! Yock! Yock! Yock! "

[Hook]
"Mandown
Where you from, nigga?"
"Fuck you, where you from my nigga"
"No, where you from, my nigga?"
"Where your grandma stay, huh, my nigga
?"
This M. A. A. D city like, "Run, my nigga."

[Verse 1]
Brace yourself, I'll take you on a trip down memory lane
This is not a rap on how I'm slingin crack or move cocaine
This is cul de sac and plenty congnac and major pain
Not the drill sergeant, but the stress that weighin on your brain
It was Me, O-Boog[?], and Yaya[?] watchin Lucky ride down Rosecrans
It got ugly, wavin yo hand out the window. Check yo self
Uh, warriors and Conans
Hope euphoria can slow dance with society
The tribe received the first one to get killed
Seen a light-skinned nigga with his brains blown out
At the same crib they stay, where — hang out
Now this is not a tape recorder saying that he did it
But ever since that day, I was lookin at him different
That was back when I was nine
Joey packed the nine
Packed to stand on every porch was fine
We adapt to crime
Pack a van with four guns at a time
With the sliding door
Fuck is up?
Fuck you shootin for if you ain't walkin up?
You fuckin punk
Pickin up the fuckin pump
Pickin off you suckers
Suck a dick or die or sucker punch
Or warn the bullets comin from
Ak's
Ar's
"Aye y'all. Duck."
That's what momma said when we was eatin the free lunch
Aw man
God damn
All hell broke loose
You killed my cousin back in '94. Fuck yo truce
Now crawl yo head in that noose
You wind up dead on the news
Ain't no peace treaty, just pieces
Bg's up to pre-approve
Bodies on top of bodies
Iv's on top of iv's
Obviously the coroner between the sheets like the Isleys
When you hop on that trollie
Make sure your colors correct
Make sure you're cornbread, or they'll be callin your mother collect
They say the governor collect
All of our taxes except
When we in traffic and tragic happens, that shit ain't no threat
You movin backwards if you suggest that you sleep wit a Teck
Go buy a chopper and have a doctor on speed dial, I guess
M. A. A. D city

[Hook]
"Man down
Where you from, nigga?"
"Fuck you."
"No, where you from, my nigga?"
"Where your grandma stay, huh, my nigga?"
This M. A. A. D city like, "Run, my nigga."

[Bridge]
If Pirus and Crips all got along
They'd probably gun me down by the end of this song
Seem like the whole city go against me
Every time I'm in the street I hear

[Schoolboy Q]
"Yock! Yock! Yock! —

(Static)

[Mc Eiht]
Wake yo punk ass up!
It ain't nothin but a Compton thang
Chyea
Real simple and plain
I'mma teach you some lessons about the street
It ain't nothin but a Compton thang
Chyea
How we do

[Verse 2]
Fresh outta school cause I was a high school grad

“m.A.A.d” is an acronym for both “my Angels on Angel dust” and “my Angry Adolescence divided.” It features MC Eiht and ScHoolboy Q. “m.A.A.d” is also a reference to the 90s Compton based hip-hop group “WC and the Maad Circle.” The leader, WC, would go on to form Westside Connection, a group heavily associated with Compton’s own Ice Cube from N.W.A, and Mack 10. Kendrick Lamar’s recent beat-down brings back early memories of similar situations, witnessing someone with their brains blown out at a burger stand back when he was 9 (probably referring to his Uncle Tony, or someone in a similar situation), he thinks he knows the person who did it but he censors their name. He also talks about how his cousin was killed back in ‘94. He talks about his father telling him to get a job but he’s fired after his friends pressure him into staging a robbery. He gives his reason for why he doesn’t smoke when he tells a story of smoking marijuana laced with cocaine and “foaming at the mouth.” In the final verse he tries to let the good shine through and offer respite for the youth and how they don’t have to succumb to the temptations and pressures of the street. He hopes that his experience and intelligence can do good for the youth living in similar situations.

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