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Not Like Us
Kendrick Lamar Lyrics


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Psst, I see dead people
(Mustard on the beat, hoe)

Ayy, Mustard on the beat, hoe
Deebo, any rap nigga, he a free throw
Man down, call an ambulance, tell him, "Breathe, bro"
Nail a nigga to the cross, he walk around like Teezo
What′s up with these jabroni-ass niggas tryna see Compton?
The industry can hate me, fuck 'em all and they mama
How many opps you really got? I mean, it′s too many options
I'm finna pass on this body, I'm John Stockton

Beat your ass and hide the Bible if God watchin′
Sometimes you gotta pop out and show niggas
Certified boogeyman, I′m the one that up the score with 'em
Walk him down, whole time I know he got some hoe in him
Pole on him, extort shit, bully, Death Row on him

Say, Drake, I hear you like ′em young
You better not ever go to cell block one
To any bitch that talk to him and they in love
Just make sure you hide your lil' sister from him
They tell me Chubbs the only one that get your hand-me-downs
And PARTY at the party, playin′ with his nose now
And Baka got a weird case, why is he around?
Certified Lover Boy? Certified pedophiles

Wop, wop, wop, wop, wop, Dot, fuck 'em up
Wop, wop, wop, wop, wop, I′ma do my stuff
Why you trollin' like a bitch? Ain't you tired?
Tryna strike a chord and it′s probably A-Minor

They not like us, they not like us, they not like us
They not like us, they not like us, they not like us

You think the Bay gon′ let you disrespect Pac, nigga?
I think that Oakland show gon' be your last stop, nigga
Did Cole fouI, I don′t know why you still pretendin'
What is the owl? Bird niggas and bird bitches, go
The audience not dumb
Shape the stories how you want, hey, Drake, they′re not slow
Rabbit hole is still deep, I can go further, I promise
Ain't that somethin′? B-Rad stands for bitch
And you Malibu most wanted

Ain't no law, boy, you ballboy, fetch Gatorade or somethin'
Since 2009, I had this bitch jumpin′
You niggas′ll get a wedgie, be flipped over your boxers
What OVO for? The "Other Vaginal Option"? Pussy
Nigga better straighten they posture, got famous all up in Compton
Might write this for the docket, tell the pop star, "Quit hidin'"
Fuck a caption, want action, no accident, and I′m hands-on
He fuck around, get polished

Fucked on Wayne girl while he was in jail, that's connivin′
Then get his face tatted like a bitch apologizin'
I′m glad DeRoz' came home, y'all didn′t deserve him neither
From Alondra down to Central, nigga better not speak on Serena
And your homeboy need subpoena, that predator move in flocks
That name gotta be registered and placed on neighborhood watch
I lean on you niggas like another line of Wock′
Yeah, it's all eyes on me, and I′ma send it up to Pac, ayy

Put the wrong label on me, I'ma get ′em dropped, ayy
Sweet Chin Music, and I won't pass the aux, ayy
How many stocks do I really have in stock? Ayy
One, two, three, four, five, plus five, ayy
Devil is a lie, he a 69 God, ayy
Freaky-ass niggas need to stay they ass inside, ayy
Roll they ass up like a fresh pack of ′za, ayy
City is back up, it's a must, we outside, ayy

They not like us, they not like us, they not like us
They not like us, they not like us, they not like us

Once upon a time, all of us was in chains
Homie still doubled down callin' us some slaves
Atlanta was the Mecca, buildin′ railroads and trains
Bear with me for a second, let me put y′all on game
The settlers was usin' town folk to make ′em richer
Fast-forward, 2024, you got the same agenda
You run to Atlanta when you need a check balance
Let me break it down for you, this the real nigga challenge

You called Future when you didn't see the club (ayy, what?)
Lil Baby helped you get your lingo up (what?)
21 gave you false street cred
Thug made you feel like you a slime in your head (ayy, what?)
Quavo said you can be from Northside (what?)
2 Chainz say you good, but he lied
You run to Atlanta when you need a few dollars
No, you not a colleague, you a fuckin′ colonizer

The family matter, and the truth of the matter
It was God's plan to show y′all the liar

Mm
Mm-mm
He a fan, he a fan, he a fan (mm)
He a fan, he a fan, he a-
Freaky-ass nigga, he a 69 God
Freaky-ass nigga, he a 69 God
Hey, hey, hey, hey, run for your life
Hey, hey, hey, hey, run for your life
Freaky-ass nigga, he a 69 God
Freaky-ass nigga, he a 69 God
Hey, hey, hey, hey, run for your life
Hey, hey, hey, hey, run for your life

Let me hear you say, "OV-hoe" (OV-hoe)
Say, "OV-hoe" (OV-hoe)
Then step this way, step that way
Then step this way, step that way

Are you my friend?
Are we locked in?
Then step this way, step that way
Then step this way, step that way

Overall Meaning

In Kendrick Lamar's song "Not Like Us," the lyrics paint a vivid picture of themes ranging from street life and gang culture to industry politics and personal vendettas. The opening lines, "Psst, I see dead people," create a haunting and provocative atmosphere, setting the stage for the raw and unfiltered content that follows. The reference to Mustard on the beat adds a signature touch to the track.


Kendrick Lamar addresses various rap figures and industry dynamics, showcasing his lyrical prowess with lines like "Man down, call an ambulance, tell him, 'Breathe, bro'" and "Nail a nigga to the cross, he walk around like Teezo." These lines illustrate a mix of violence, bravado, and biblical imagery, highlighting Kendrick's ability to blend complex themes in his storytelling. The references to John Stockton and hiding the Bible from God's watchful gaze add layers of depth to his verses.


The lyrics also touch on controversies within the rap industry, taking shots at fellow artists like Drake and accusing them of questionable behavior. Kendrick doesn't hold back, calling out perceived injustices and hypocrisy while asserting his own authenticity and credibility in the game. The references to hidden agendas, false personas, and industry politics create a sense of distrust and rivalry within the music world.


As the song progresses, Kendrick delves deeper into history and societal issues, touching on themes of colonization, race, and cultural appropriation. He challenges the notion of authenticity and sheds light on the exploitation and appropriation of Black culture, particularly in cities like Atlanta. The references to influential figures like Future, Lil Baby, and 21 Savage underscore the impact of culture vultures and the complexities of identity in the music industry.


Overall, "Not Like Us" is a poignant and multifaceted track that showcases Kendrick Lamar's ability to blend social commentary with personal reflections and sharp critiques of the music industry. The lyrics are dense with references, metaphors, and layered meanings, inviting listeners to dig deep and analyze the complexities of power, identity, and authenticity in the world of hip-hop.


Line by Line Meaning

Psst, I see dead people
Secretly observing the downfall of others


Ayy, Mustard on the beat, hoe
Acknowledging the producer of the music


Deebo, any rap nigga, he a free throw
Easily overpowering other rappers


Man down, call an ambulance, tell him, 'Breathe, bro'
Inflicting serious harm and then showing concern


Nail a nigga to the cross, he walk around like Teezo
Suffering without showing weakness


What's up with these jabroni-ass niggas tryna see Compton?
Questioning the authenticity of outsiders trying to understand Compton


The industry can hate me, fuck 'em all and they mama
Not caring about others' opinions in the music industry


How many opps you really got? I mean, it's too many options
Having numerous foes and options in dealing with them


I'm finna pass on this body, I'm John Stockton
Choosing to avoid conflict like a skilled player


Beat your ass and hide the Bible if God watchin'
Committing violence without guilt or remorse


Sometimes you gotta pop out and show niggas
Displaying dominance to assert authority


Certified boogeyman, I'm the one that up the score with 'em
Establishing a reputation as someone to fear in confrontations


Walk him down, whole time I know he got some hoe in him
Understanding the vulnerabilities of others despite their tough exterior


Pole on him, extort shit, bully, Death Row on him
Using intimidation tactics and threats to manipulate others


Say, Drake, I hear you like 'em young
Addressing rumors or controversies involving Drake


You better not ever go to cell block one
Warning against potential repercussions for inappropriate behavior


To any bitch that talk to him and they in love
Cautioning individuals who may be romantically involved with someone problematic


Just make sure you hide your lil' sister from him
Advising to protect vulnerable family members


They not like us, they not like us, they not like us
Distinguishing oneself from others who are morally reprehensible


You think the Bay gon' let you disrespect Pac, nigga?
Challenging disrespect towards a respected figure like Tupac


I think that Oakland show gon' be your last stop, nigga
Implying consequences for offending a particular community


Did Cole foul, I don't know why you still pretendin'
Questioning the authenticity of others' actions


What is the owl? Bird niggas and bird bitches, go
Referencing secretive or deceitful individuals


Ain't no law, boy, you ballboy, fetch Gatorade or somethin'
Dismissive attitude towards someone acting without authority


City is back up, it's a must, we outside, ayy
Asserting presence and dominance in the city




Writer(s): Kendrick Lamar

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@gambee_

The United Nations needs to step in at this point.

@SVNNYYT

FRR

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@Wartensteiin

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@duckduckgoose8049

This isn't beef anymore, this is "to catch a predator".

@JustKhari

surviving aubrey

@Mookaron

We'll get to that in a minute.

@The_Dusk_Sage

"Go ahead and have a seat right here" 😂

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