Humble - Kendrick Lamar




The Experience: Be humble... Kendrick Lamar wants his girls to be obedient toys...


Music video: To the already demeaning message of Humble, Kendrick Lamar adds a religious and cult feel with himself as supreme leader - Kendrick as pope, Kendrick as Jesus Christ, Kendrick as the only person in a crowd full of hairless copies, Kendrick as the only one who matters.

The Meaning of Humble: Demeaning. While hip hop is normally about how swag the artist is, Kendrick Lamar goes further, and bases the whole song on the demeaning "humility" he expects from his girls - sit down b-tch be humble. The beat and song itself seem to pound the message home: you belong to me so stay in your place.

Ask yourself: What is the attraction of sexist and macho?

Album: DAMN (2017)

LYRICS:

[Music video version:] Wicked or weakness, you gotta see this, waaaaay (yeah, yeah!)
[Regular version:] Nobody pray for me, it been that day for me, waaaaay (yeah, yeah!)

Aye, I remember syrup sandwiches and crime allowances
Finesse a nigga with sum counterfeits
But now I'm countin this
Parmesan where my accountant lives in fact I'm down at this
D'usśe with my boo bae, tastes like kool aid for the analysts
Girl, I can buy your -ss the world with my paystub
Ooh that p-ssy good, won't you sit it on my taste buds
I get way too petty once you let me do the extras
Pull up on your block, then break it down we playing Tetris
A.M. to the P.M., P.M. to the A.M. funk
Piss out your per diem you just gotta hate em, funk
If I quit your BM I still ride Mercedes, funk
If I quit this season I still be the greatest, funk
My left stroke just went viral
Right stroke put lil baby in a spiral
Soprano C, we like to keep it on a high note
It's levels to it, you and I know, b-tch be humble

(Hol' up b-tch) sit down,
(Hol' up lil b-tch, hol' up, lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down (sit down hol' up lil b-tch)
Be humble (b-tch)
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up) b-tch sit down
Lil bitch (hol' up lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up) be humble
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up lil b-tch) sit down
(Hol' up lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down (hol' up sit down lil b-tch)
(Sit down lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up lil b-tch) b-tch, sit down
(Hol' up lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up)

Who dat nigga thinkin that he frontin on man man (man man)
Get the f-ck off my stage, I'm the sandman (sandman)
Get the f-ck off my d-ck, that ain't' right
I make a play f-cking up your whole life
I'm so f-cking sick and tired of the photoshop
Show me something natural like afro on Richard Pryor
Show me something natural like -ss with some stretchmarks
Still will take you down right on your momma's couch in polo socks, aye
This sh-t way too crazy, aye
You do not amaze me, aye
I blew cool from AC, aye
Obama just paged me, aye
I don't fabricate it, aye
Most of ya'll be fakin, aye
I stay modest bout it, aye
She elaborate it, aye
This that Grey Poupon, that Evian, that Ted Talk, aye
Watch my soul speak, you let the meds talk, aye
If I kill a nigga it won't be the alcohol, aye
I'm the realest nigga after all, b-tch be humble

(Hol' up b-tch) sit down,
(Hol' up lil b-tch, hol' up, lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down (sit down hol' up lil b-tch)
Be humble (b-tch)
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up) b-tch sit down
Lil bitch (hol' up lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up) be humble
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up lil b-tch) sit down
(Hol' up lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down (hol' up sit down lil b-tch)
(Sit down lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up lil b-tch) b-tch, sit down
(Hol' up lil b-tch) be humble
(Hol' up b-tch) sit down
(Hol' up, hol' up, hol' up, hol' up)


review by Benjamin O'Loughlin

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