Lyrical Exercise: Kendrick Lamar, ‘m.A.A.d city’

‘m.A.A.d city’ is hands down one The Audio Dope’s favorite songs on Kendrick Lamar’s debut studio album “good kid, m.A.A.d city”, which was released by Interscope/Aftermath yesterday. The song’s opening verse is one of the rawest, longest, and impressive verses I’ve heard in a long time. Today’s Lyrical Exercise features three of our favorite quotes from Kendrick’s opening verse. Enjoy and peep the video below (youtube version is a little sped -up and not the official version)

“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 Cognac and major pain
Not the drill sergeant, but the stress that weighing on your brain”

“That was back when I was nine
Joey packed the nine
Pakistan on every porch is 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”

“Make sure your colors correct
Make sure you’re cornbread, or they’ll be calling 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 Tec
Go buy a chopper and have a doctor on speed dial, I guess”


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