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Alright
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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Alls my life I has to fight, nigga
Alls my life I
Hard times like, yah
Bad trips like, yah
Nazareth, I'm fucked up
Homie, you fucked up
But if God got us then we gon' be alright

Nigga, we gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
We gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Huh? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright

Uh, and when I wake up
I recognize you're lookin' at me for the pay cut
But homicide be looking at you from the face down
What MAC-11 even boom with the bass down
Schemin', and let me tell you bout my life
Painkillers only put me in the twilight
Where pretty pussy and Benjamin is the highlight
Now tell my mama I love her but this what I like
Lord knows, twenty of 'em in my Chevy
Tell 'em all to come and get me, reapin' everything I sow
So my karma come in heaven, no preliminary hearings on my record
I'm a motherfucking gangster in silence for the record, uh
Tell the world I know it's too late
Boys and girls, I think I've gone cray
Drown inside my vices all day
Won't you please believe when I say

Wouldn't you know
We been hurt, been down before, nigga
When our pride was low
Lookin' at the world like, "Where do we go, nigga?"
And we hate po-po
Wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, nigga
I'm at the preacher's door
My knees gettin' weak and my gun might blow
But we gon' be alright

Nigga, we gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
We gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Huh? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright

What you want you, a house? You, a car?
40 acres and a mule? A piano, a guitar?
Anything, see my name is Lucy, I'm your dog
Motherfucker, you can live at the mall
I can see the evil, I can tell it I know when it's illegal
I don't think about it, I deposit every other zero
Thinkin' of my partner put the candy, paint it on the regal
Diggin' in my pocket ain't a profit, big enough to feed you
Everyday my logic, get another dollar just to keep you
In the presence of your chico, ah
I don't talk about it, be about it, everyday I see cool
If I got it then you know you got it, Heaven, I can reach you
Pat Dawg, Pat Dawg, Pat Dawg, my dog, that's all
Bick back and Chad, I trap the bag for y'all
I rap, I black on track so rest assured
My rights, my wrongs, I write 'til I'm right with God

Wouldn't you know
We been hurt, been down before, nigga
When our pride was low
Lookin' at the world like, "Where do we go, nigga?"
And we hate po-po
Wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, nigga
I'm at the preacher's door
My knees gettin' weak and my gun might blow
But we gon' be alright

Nigga, we gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
We gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Huh? We gon' be alright
Nigga, we gon' be alright
Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright

I keep my head up high
I cross my heart and hope to die
Lovin' me is complicated
Too afraid of a lot of changes
I'm alright and you're a favorite
Dark nights in my prayers

I remembered you was conflicted
Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
Abusing my power full of resentment
Resentment that turned into a deep depression
Found myself screamin' in the hotel room
I didn't wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me
So I went runnin' for answers

Overall Meaning

In Kendrick Lamar's song "Alright," he begins by talking about his fight to survive, expressing how his life has been full of struggles and hardships. He mentions bad times, including feeling lost and directionless, but states that even though things may seem difficult, if God is with him, he will be okay. Kendrick also speaks about the issues faced by the black community, including the police brutality they face and the constant fear and danger they live with. The song emphasizes the importance of staying strong and having faith, even when times are tough.


Throughout the song, Kendrick uses religious themes and allusions, referring to God and the struggles of Job, a biblical character known for his perseverance and faith. He also speaks about feeling conflicted and struggling with power and influence, but ultimately finding peace and hope through it all. The recurring phrase, "we gon' be alright," is a powerful message of resilience and hope in the face of adversity.


One interesting fact about the song is that it became an anthem for the Black Lives Matter movement, with protestors chanting the lyrics during rallies and marches. The song was also performed at the 2015 BET Awards where Kendrick Lamar won multiple awards, including Best Male Hip-Hop Artist and Best Video of the Year for "Alright."


Line by Line Meaning

Alls my life I has to fight, nigga
Throughout my entire life, I have had to struggle and fight for everything I have, my friend.


Hard times like, yah
I have faced difficult and challenging times in my life.


Bad trips like, yah
I have had negative experiences and setbacks in my life, just like everyone else.


Nazareth, I'm fucked up
I am in a difficult and messed up situation, perhaps referencing the biblical town of Nazareth where Jesus faced many struggles.


Homie, you fucked up
My friend, you are also in a bad place and experiencing difficult times.


But if God got us then we gon' be alright
If we have faith and trust in a higher power, we will overcome our struggles and be okay.


Nigga, we gon' be alright
We will persevere and overcome, regardless of the obstacles we face.


Do you hear me, do you feel me? We gon' be alright
Can you understand and empathize with my struggles? Despite everything, we will make it through.


And when I wake up, I recognize you're lookin' at me for the pay cut
I know that others are judging and measuring me based on how much money I make or don't make.


But homicide be looking at you from the face down
Those who judge and criticize me may themselves be in danger or facing problems.


What MAC-11 even boom with the bass down
The threat of violence and danger is always present.


Schemin', and let me tell you bout my life
I am always plotting and trying to find ways to improve my situation and achieve success in life.


Painkillers only put me in the twilight
I have turned to substances to deal with my pain and it has only created more problems and uncertainty in my life.


Where pretty pussy and Benjamin is the highlight
I am drawn to pleasures and material possessions that bring me temporary happiness and satisfaction.


Now tell my mama I love her but this what I like
I care about my family, but I am also focused on pursuing my own interests and desires.


Lord knows, twenty of 'em in my Chevy
I have had to hustle and work hard to achieve the things I have, sometimes using unconventional or illegal means.


Tell 'em all to come and get me, reapin' everything I sow
I am willing to face the consequences for my actions and am prepared to reap the rewards of my hard work.


So my karma come in heaven, no preliminary hearings on my record
I hope to be judged by a higher power after my death, rather than by earthly authorities who may not understand my struggles.


I'm a motherfucking gangster in silence for the record, uh
Despite my hardships and challenges, I am strong and resilient, expressing my strength through my actions rather than words.


Tell the world I know it's too late
I realize that my problems and challenges may be overwhelming and difficult to overcome.


Boys and girls, I think I've gone cray
I am aware that my actions and decisions may seem illogical or insane to others.


Drown inside my vices all day
My temptations and addictions consume me and make it difficult for me to function or achieve my goals.


Won't you please believe when I say
Please trust and have faith in me that I will overcome my struggles and succeed in the end.


We been hurt, been down before, nigga
We have faced difficult times in the past, my friend.


When our pride was low
During times when we felt defeated and overwhelmed.


Lookin' at the world like, "Where do we go, nigga?"
Feeling lost and unsure about our direction and purpose in life.


And we hate po-po
We have a deep distrust or anger towards law enforcement authorities who may not understand our struggles or treat us fairly.


Wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, nigga
We feel targeted and at risk of being harmed or killed unjustly.


I'm at the preacher's door
I turn to religion and spiritual guidance for help and support during difficult times.


My knees gettin' weak and my gun might blow
I am struggling and feel like I may resort to violence to protect myself.


What you want you, a house? You, a car?
What material possessions do you desire or think will make you happy and successful?


40 acres and a mule? A piano, a guitar?
What other things do you dream of having in your life?


Anything, see my name is Lucy, I'm your dog
Anything you want, I can provide it for you, but like a dog, there will always be some kind of catch or negative consequence.


Motherfucker, you can live at the mall
Materialism and consumerism will never lead to true happiness and fulfillment.


I can see the evil, I can tell it I know when it's illegal
I am aware of the darkness and evils in the world, and I recognize when something is wrong and immoral.


I don't think about it, I deposit every other zero
I focus on making money and accumulating wealth, without considering the moral or ethical implications of my actions.


Thinkin' of my partner put the candy, paint it on the regal
I am thinking about my friends who are involved in the drug trade, and how they are able to profit from it.


Diggin' in my pocket ain't a profit, big enough to feed you
Even though I make a lot of money, I may not always have enough to provide for myself and others.


Everyday my logic, get another dollar just to keep you
I work hard every day to earn more money, but it often feels like I am just trying to keep up with my expenses and obligations.


In the presence of your chico, ah
I am with my close friend or partner, likely someone involved in the gang lifestyle with me.


I don't talk about it, be about it, everyday I see cool
I don't waste time talking about the life I want, I work hard to achieve it every day and maintain my cool demeanor.


If I got it then you know you got it, Heaven, I can reach you
If I have the means or resources, I will share them with my friends and loved ones, and I believe that I will be able to reach Heaven or a state of peace in the end.


Pat Dawg, Pat Dawg, Pat Dawg, my dog, that's all
Referring to a close friend or partner, emphasizing loyalty and trust.


Bick back and Chad, I trap the bag for y'all
I will work hard and hustle to make money and provide for my friends and loved ones.


I rap, I black on track so rest assured
I am a talented rapper and musician, and I will always come through with good music.


My rights, my wrongs, I write 'til I'm right with God
Through my music, I work through my struggles and come to a sense of peace and acceptance with my actions and experiences, hoping to reconcile with a higher power.


I keep my head up high
I maintain a positive attitude and outlook despite my challenges and struggles.


I cross my heart and hope to die
I am making a solemn promise and swearing on my life that I will remain dedicated and resilient despite any obstacles I may face.


Lovin' me is complicated
My life and experiences are complex and difficult to understand, making it hard for others to truly love or support me.


Too afraid of a lot of changes
I am afraid of the unknown and find it difficult to adapt to new situations or circumstances.


I'm alright and you're a favorite
I am doing okay and am well-liked, possibly referencing the fame and success he has achieved.


Dark nights in my prayers
I am going through a difficult time, and I pray for guidance and hope during these dark nights.


I remembered you was conflicted
I recall that you were struggling and unsure, possibly referring to a friend or loved one.


Misusing your influence, sometimes I did the same
We have both used our power or influence for selfish or negative purposes at times.


Abusing my power full of resentment
I have used my power and influence to hurt others, feeling resentment towards them.


Resentment that turned into a deep depression
My negative feelings and actions towards others have led me to a deep and dark depression.


Found myself screamin' in the hotel room
I have been in such a dark place that I have resorted to screaming and acting out in private spaces like hotel rooms.


I didn't wanna self destruct, the evils of Lucy was all around me
I did not want to destroy myself or give in to temptation and vice, but the dark side of life was constantly present and tempting.


So I went runnin' for answers
I turned to seeking guidance and answers from others, possibly including a higher power or religion.




Lyrics © BMG Rights Management, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Kawan Prather, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Mark Anthony Spears, Pharrell L. Williams

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