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Money Trees
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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Uh, me and my niggas tryna get it, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Hit the house lick tell me is you with it, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Home invasion was persuasive (was persuasive, was persuasive)
From nine to five I know its vacant, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Dreams of livin' life like rappers do (like rappers do, like rappers do)
Back when condom wrappers wasn't cool (they wasn't cool, they wasn't cool)
I fucked Sherane then went to tell my bros (tell my bros, tell my bros)
Then Usher Raymond "Let it Burn" came on ("Let it Burn" came on, "Let it Burn" came on)
Hot sauce all in our Top Ramen, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Parked the car then we start rhymin', ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
The only thing we had to free our mind (free our mind, free our mind)
Then freeze that verse when we see dollar signs (see dollar signs, see dollar signs)
You lookin' like an easy come up, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
A silver spoon I know you come from, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
And that's a lifestyle that we never knew (we never knew, we never knew)
Go at a reverend for the revenue

It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
Pick your poison tell me what you do
Everybody gon' respect the shooter
But the one in front of the gun lives forever (the one in front of the gun, forever)
And I been hustlin' all day, this a way, that a way
Through canals and alleyways, just to say
Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that's just how I feel (now, now)
A dollar might, just fuck your main bitch, that's just how I feel (now)
A dollar might, say, "Fuck them niggas that you came with", that's just how I feel (now, now)
A dollar might, just make that lane switch, that's just how I feel (now)
A dollar might, turn to a million and we all rich, that's just how I feel

Dreams of livin' life like rappers do (like rappers do, like rappers do)
Bump that new E-40 at the school (way at the school, way at the school)
You know big ballin' with my homies (my homies)
Earl Stevens had us thinkin' rational (thinkin' rational, that's rational)
Back to reality we poor, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Another casualty at war, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Two bullets in my uncle Tony head (my Tony head, my Tony head)
He said one day I'd be on tour, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
That Louis Burger never be the same (won't be the same, won't be the same)
A Louis belt'll never ease that pain (won't ease that pain, won't ease that pain)
But I'ma purchase when that day is jerkin' (that day is jerkin', day is jerkin')
Pull off at Church's with Pirelli's skirtin' (Pirelli's skirtin', Pirelli's skirtin')
Gang signs out the window, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Hopin' all of 'em offend you, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
They say your hood is a pot of gold (a pot of gold, a pot of gold)
And we gon' crash it when nobody's home

It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
Pick your poison tell me what you do
Everybody gon' respect the shooter
But the one in front of the gun lives forever (the one in front of the gun, forever)
And I been hustlin' all day, this a way, that a way
Through canals and alleyways, just to say
Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that's just how I feel (now, now)
A dollar might, just fuck your main bitch, that's just how I feel (now)
A dollar might, say, "Fuck them niggas that you came with", that's just how I feel (now, now)
A dollar might, just make that lane switch, that's just how I feel (now)
A dollar might, turn to a million and we all rich, that's just how I feel

Be the last one out to get this dough? No way
Love one of you bucket-headed hoes? No way
Hit the streets, then we break the code? No way
Hit the brakes, when they on patrol? No way

Be the last one out to get this dough? No way
Love one of you bucket-headed hoes? No way
Hit the streets, then we break the code? No way
Hit the brakes, when they on patrol? No way

Imagine Rock up in the projects where them niggas pick your pockets
Santa Claus don't miss them stockings, liquor spillin', pistols poppin'
Bakin' soda YOLA whippin', ain't no turkey on Thanksgivin'
My homeboy just domed a nigga, I just hope the Lord forgive him
Pots with cocaine residue, everyday I'm hustlin'
What else is a thug to do when you eatin' cheese from the government?
Gotta provide for my daughter 'n' 'em, get the fuck up out my way, bitch
Got that drum and got them bands just like a parade, bitch
Drop that work up in the bushes, hope them boys don't see my stash
If they do. tell the truth, this the last time you might see my ass
From the gardens where the grass ain't cut, them serpents lurkin' blood
Bitches sellin' pussy, niggas sellin' drugs, but it's all good
Broken promises, steal yo' watch and tell you what time it is
Take your J's and tell you to kick it where a Footlocker is
In the streets with a heater under my dungarees
Dreams of me gettin' shaded under a money tree

It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
Pick your poison tell me what you do
Everybody gon' respect the shooter
But the one in front of the gun lives forever (the one in front of the gun, forever)
And I been hustlin' all day, this a way, that a way
Through canals and alleyways, just to say
Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that's just how I feel

Kendrick, just brin' my car back, man
I-I called in for another appointment
I figured you weren't gonna be back here on time anyway
Look, shit, shit
I just wanna get out the house, man
This man is on one, he feelin' good as a motherfucker
Shit, I'm tryna get my thin' goin', too
I'm goin' to Marilyn house, just brin' my car back
Shit, he faded (I want your body)
He feelin' good
Look, listen to him ('cause you got a big ol' fat ass)
(Girl, girl, I want your body, I want your body, 'cause of that big ol' fat ass, girl)
See, he high as hell
Shit, he ain't even trippin' off them damn dominoes no more (I want your body, 'cause of that big ol'-)
Just brin' the car back (did somebody say dominoes?)

Overall Meaning

The song "Money Trees" by Kendrick Lamar explores the pursuit of success and money by a group of young men from Compton. The lyrics convey a sense of ambition and desperation, as the group engages in criminal behavior to achieve their goals. The phrase "Money trees is the perfect place for shade" serves as a metaphor for the idea that wealth can provide safety and comfort in a dangerous environment. The chorus, which repeats the phrase "ya bish" several times, serves to reinforce the idea of camaraderie and loyalty among the group members.


The first verse begins with the singer describing his desire to obtain wealth, indicating that he and his friends are involved in criminal activity to achieve their goals. The line "Hit this house lick tell me is you with it, ya bish" refers to a home invasion, and the rest of the verse describes the empty house they plan to rob. The second verse touches on the cultural influences that have shaped the group's aspirations, referencing popular rapper Usher and the materialistic lifestyle often portrayed in hip-hop music. The line "The only thing we had to free our mind / Then freeze that verse when we see dollar signs" suggests that the group's creative endeavors are motivated primarily by the desire for financial gain.


The final verse returns to the idea of violence and danger, with references to guns and drug trafficking. The line "Broken promises, steal yo' watch and tell you what time it is / Take your J's and tell you to kick it where a footlocker is" highlights the brutality and disrespect that can be inherent in the drug trade. The song ends with a lighthearted exchange between Kendrick and his friend, which serves to emphasize the sense of community and connection that underlies the group's actions.


Line by Line Meaning

Uh, me and my niggas tryna get it, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
My friends and I are striving to succeed, you understand?


Hit the house lick tell me is you with it, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Are you willing to participate in a robbery of a residence?


Home invasion was persuasive (was persuasive, was persuasive)
Our forceful entry into a home was influential and effective.


From nine to five I know its vacant, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
During standard working hours, I know the house is unoccupied, you understand?


Dreams of living life like rappers do (like rappers do, like rappers do)
Aspirations of experiencing the lifestyle that rappers lead.


Back when condom wrappers wasn't cool (they wasn't cool, they wasn't cool)
In the past, using condom wrappers was not considered trendy or fashionable.


I fucked Sherane then went to tell my bros (tell my bros, tell my bros)
I engaged in sexual activities with a woman named Sherane and proceeded to inform my friends.


Then Usher Raymond 'Let it Burn' came on ('Let it Burn' came on, 'Let it Burn' came on)
Coincidentally, the song 'Let it Burn' by Usher Raymond started playing during that moment.


Hot sauce all in our Top Ramen, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
We added hot sauce to our inexpensive Top Ramen noodles, you understand?


Parked the car then we start rhyming, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
After parking the car, we began engaging in freestyle rap, you understand?


The only thing we had to free our mind (free our mind, free our mind)
Rapping was the only outlet we had to alleviate our mental burdens.


Then freeze that verse when we see dollar signs (see dollar signs, see dollar signs)
We would pause and preserve that rhyme when we saw the potential for financial gain.


You looking like an easy come up, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
You appear to be an effortless opportunity to make money, you understand?


A silver spoon I know you come from, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
I know you come from a privileged background, where wealth was readily available, you understand?


And that's a lifestyle that we never knew (we never knew, we never knew)
That affluent way of living is unfamiliar to us, you understand?


Go at a reverend for the revenue
We will confront even a religious leader for financial gain.


It go Halle Berry or hallelujah
You can either choose Halle Berry, a famous actress, or express religious devotion.


Pick your poison tell me what you do
Choose your preferred path and inform me of your decision.


Everybody gon' respect the shooter
Everyone will show deference to the one carrying the gun.


But the one in front of the gun lives forever (the one in front of the gun, forever)
The person on the receiving end of the gun will have their life permanently affected.


And I been hustlin' all day, this a way, that a way
I have been working hard all day, taking various routes and approaches.


Through canals and alleyways, just to say
Navigating through narrow passages and backstreets, just to express myself.


Money trees is the perfect place for shade and that's just how I feel (now, now)
Money trees symbolize an ideal location to find refuge or comfort, and that sincerely resonates with me.


A dollar might, just fuck your main bitch, that's just how I feel (now)
A dollar could potentially seduce your significant other, and that is simply my current sentiment.


A dollar might, say, 'Fuck them niggas that you came with', that's just how I feel (now, now)
A dollar could lead to betraying those companions that you arrived with, and that is genuinely what I am feeling right now.


A dollar might, just make that lane switch, that's just how I feel (now)
A dollar could easily cause me to switch paths or allegiances, and that is simply my present emotion.


A dollar might, turn to a million and we all rich, that's just how I feel
A single dollar could potentially transform into a million, resulting in the prosperity of all of us, and that is my sincere belief.


Bump that new E-40 at the school (way at the school, way at the school)
Playing the latest E-40 song loudly at the school.


You know big ballin' with my homies (my homies)
Participating in extravagant activities with my close friends.


Earl Stevens had us thinking rational (thinking rational, that's rational)
The influence of Earl Stevens (E-40) made us think and act more logically and reasonably.


Back to reality we poor, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Returning to our impoverished reality, you understand?


Another casualty at war, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Another person who lost their life as a result of street warfare, you understand?


Two bullets in my uncle Tony head (my Tony head, my Tony head)
My uncle Tony was shot twice in the head.


He said one day I'd be on tour, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
My uncle Tony promised me that one day I would be touring as a successful musician, you understand?


That Louis Burger never be the same (won't be the same, won't be the same)
That incident at Louis Burger will forever alter its atmosphere.


A Louis belt'll never ease that pain (won't ease that pain, won't ease that pain)
Even owning a designer Louis Vuitton belt will never alleviate that suffering.


But I'ma purchase when that day is jerkin' (that day is jerkin', day is jerkin')
However, I will acquire a Louis Vuitton belt when circumstances improve.


Pull off at Church's with Pirelli's skirtin' (Pirelli's skirtin', Pirelli's skirtin')
Driving away from Church's Chicken restaurant with tires from the brand Pirelli, screeching.


Gang signs out the window, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Displaying gang hand signs out of the car window, you understand?


Hoping all of 'em offend you, ya bish (ya bish, ya bish)
Desiring to provoke and upset all those who see it, you understand?


They say your hood is a pot of gold (a pot of gold, a pot of gold)
Some people claim that the neighborhood you come from is a place of great wealth or opportunity.


And we gon' crash it when nobody's home
And we will exploit and take advantage of that prosperity when no one is present.


Be the last one out to get this dough? No way
Will I be the final person to acquire this money? Absolutely not.


Love one of you bucket-headed hoes? No way
Will I ever have genuine affection for any of these unrefined women? Absolutely not.


Hit the streets, then we break the code? No way
Will we disregard the street code after venturing into the streets? Absolutely not.


Hit the brakes, when they on patrol? No way
Will we slow down or stop when law enforcement is on patrol? Absolutely not.


Imagine Rock up in the projects where them niggas pick your pockets
Consider the scenario where Rock, a well-known celebrity, is present in low-income neighborhoods where people attempt to steal from him.


Santa Claus don't miss them stockings, liquor spilling, pistols popping
Santa Claus never forgets to fill the stockings, and there is chaos involving alcohol and firearms.


Baking soda YOLA whipping, ain't no turkey on Thanksgiving
Cooking cocaine with baking soda, referred to as YOLA, when there is no turkey available on Thanksgiving.


My homeboy just domed a nigga, I just hope the Lord forgive him
My friend just shot someone in the head, and I pray that God forgives him.


Pots with cocaine residue, everyday I'm hustlin'
Pots containing traces of cocaine, and every day I am engaged in the hustle.


What else is a thug to do when you eatin' cheese from the government?
What other options does a criminal have when they are surviving off of government assistance?


Gotta provide for my daughter 'n' 'em, get the fuck up out my way, bitch
I have to provide for my daughter and others, so get out of my way, you unimportant person.


Got that drum and got them bands just like a parade, bitch
I possess a firearm with drum magazine and also a large sum of money, similar to a parade, you unimportant person.


Drop that work up in the bushes, hope them boys don't see my stash
I hide the drugs in the bushes, hoping that law enforcement does not discover my hidden supply.


If they do. tell the truth, this the last time you might see my ass
If they find it, admit the truth, as this could potentially be the final time you witness my presence.


From the gardens where the grass ain't cut, them serpents lurking blood
Coming from neglected neighborhoods where the grass is overgrown, and dangerous people are waiting in the shadows.


Bitches selling pussy, niggas selling drugs, but it's all good
Women engaging in prostitution, while men are involved in drug trade, but everything is considered acceptable or tolerable.


Broken promises, steal yo' watch and tell you what time it is
Making empty promises, stealing your valuable possessions, and informing you of the current time.


Take your J's and tell you to kick it where a Footlocker is
Taking your prized Air Jordan sneakers and instructing you to leave and go to a Footlocker store.


In the streets with a heater under my dungarees
Being in the streets with a firearm concealed under my jeans.


Dreams of me getting shaded under a money tree
Aspirations of finding refuge and comfort in the shadow of a money tree.


Kendrick, just bring my car back, man
Kendrick, please return my car to me, my friend.


I-I called in for another appointment
I made another request for your services.


I figured you weren't gonna be back here on time anyway
I assumed that you would not return here promptly.


Look, shit, shit
Listen, there's something important.


I just wanna get out the house, man
I simply want to leave the house, my friend.


This man is on one, he feelin' good as a motherfucker
This person is heavily intoxicated and feeling extremely euphoric.


Shit, I'm tryna get my thing goin', too
I am also attempting to pursue my own endeavors.


I'm going to Marilyn house, just bring my car back
I am heading to Marilyn's residence, so please return my car to me.


He faded (I want your body)
He is heavily intoxicated (I desire your physical form).


He feelin' good
He is experiencing immense pleasure and satisfaction.


Look, listen to him ('cause you got a big ol' fat ass)
Just pay attention to his words (because you possess an ample posterior).


(Girl, girl, I want your body, I want your body, 'cause of that big ol' fat ass, girl)
(Girl, girl, I desire your physical form, I desire your physical form, due to the presence of your shapely buttocks, girl).


See, he high as hell
You see, he is excessively intoxicated.


Shit, he ain't even trippin' off them damn dominoes no more (I want your body, 'cause of that big ol'-)
He is no longer concerned about the domino game (I desire your physical form, due to the presence of your shapely-)


Just bring the car back (did somebody say dominoes?)
Simply return the car (did somebody mention dominoes?)




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Alex Kristian Scally, Victoria Garance Legrand, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth

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