The King Is Dead
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Miss me with that bullshit (bullshit)
You ain't really wild, you a tourist (a tourist)
I be blackin' out with the purist (the purist)
I made a hundred thou' then I freaked it (I freaked it)
I made 500 thou' then I freaked it (I freaked it)
I bought a '87 for the weekend (the weekend)
This ain't what you want, this ain't what you want (what you want)
This ain't what you want, this ain't what you want (what you want)

And it's like that, lil' bitch
MVP, I don't get no sleep, no, I don't like that, lil' bitch
Bust that open, I want that ocean, yeah that bite back, lil' bitch
Do it bite back, lil' bitch? Need two life jackets, lil' bitch
I ain't gon' hold you, I ain't gon' press you, never control you
I ain't gon' front you, keep it 100, I don't know you
Boss like Top Dawg, bossed my life up, crossin' over
Stutter steppin', got a Hall of Fame in all my posters
I've been ready, my whip been ready
My bitch been ready, my clique been ready
My shit's been ready, my check's been ready
My shot's on full, that's Armageddon
I got pull, I hope y'all ready
My tank on full, you know, unleaded
I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it
I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it
My name gon' hold up, my team gon' hold up
My name gon' hold up, my team gon' hold up
My shots gon' fire, my team gon' roll up
Ménage-à-trois, my queen gon' roll up
I hope y'all ready, you know I'm ready
I reign all day, you know, confetti
I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it
I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it, skrrt

Miss me with that bullshit (bullshit)
You're not a gang member, you's a tourist (a tourist)
I be blackin' out, I be blackin' out
Bought a '83 Cutlass for the weekend (for the weekend)
I got a hundred thousand, then I freaked it (then I freaked it)
I made 500 thousand, then I freaked it (then I freaked it)
I put a Rolls Royce on my wrist, oh yeah
Fuck his baby mama, tryna sneak diss
I took her to my penthouse, then I freaked it (then I freaked it)
I haven't made my mind up, should I keep it? (Should I keep it?)
I got big dawg status, it ain't no secret

La di da di da, slob on me knob
Pass me some syrup, fuck me in the car
La di da di da, mothafuck the law
Chitty chitty bang, murder everything
Bitch, I'm on a roll, and I put that on the gang

Yeah, miss me with that bullshit (bullshit)
You ain't really wild, you a tourist (a tourist)
I be blackin' out with the purist (the purist)
I made a hundred thou' then I freaked it (I freaked it)
I made 500 thou' then I freaked it (I freaked it)
I bought a '87 for the weekend (the weekend)
This ain't what you want, this ain't what you want (what you want)
This ain't what you want, this ain't what you want (what you want)

Changes
Is you gon' do something about it?
What you want?

Red light, green light, red light, green light
Red light, green light, they like, we like
Fast cars, fast money, fast life, fast broads
Egotistic, goin' ballistic, why God?
Born warrior, lookin' for euphoria, but I don't see it
I don't feel it, I'm paraplegic, tapped in when I'm maxed in
Comp-Town with the MAC-10s and the pumps in the background
I was absent, never OG, standout
I was lackin' everything else but doubt
In the Magnum, holding Magnums with a Magnum
Nigga, ad-lib and I sing out loud
Never had friends, never had ends, never had hope
They was like, "nope," I was like, "boo yaow, boo yaow"
(Yeah God)
Tee off the day, know we off the, be off the, eat off your plate
Throw me off, I be, "off ya head"
Well ate, on C4, I'm way off the edge
Fuck integrity, fuck your pedigree, fuck your feelings, fuck your culture
Fuck your moral, fuck your family, fuck your tribe
Fuck your land, fuck your children, fuck your wives
Who am I? Not your father, not your brother
Not your reason, not your future
Not your comfort, not your reverence, not your glory
Not your heaven, not your angel, not your spirit
Not your message, not your freedom
Not your people, not your neighbor
Not your baby, not your equal
Not the title y'all want me under
All hail King Killmonger
Red light, green light, red light, green light




Red light, green light, they like, we like
Fast cars

Overall Meaning

"King's Dead" is a song by the American hip-hop artists Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Future and James Blake. The song was written for the popular film "Black Panther," which they made the original soundtrack for. The song speaks of the artists' past successes and their unapologetic behavior as they continue their quest for greatness. The lyrics are a mix of bragging about their wealth and success, while also dismissing anyone who cannot keep up with them. The song is empowered by its intense beats and background music, which are heavily influenced by African culture.


The lyrics of the song are meant to portray the lives of successful people who believe they are on top of the world. However, the lyrics also reveal how some people can become too obsessed with their wealth and status, leading them to ignore other important aspects of their lives. Even though the song is about success, it can be interpreted as a warning to those who only care about accumulating wealth without considering the consequences of their actions.


Line by Line Meaning

Miss me with that bullshit (bullshit)
I don't want to hear anything that's not real or authentic


You ain't really wild, you a tourist (a tourist)
You're not really living the life, you're just visiting for a short time


I be blackin' out with the purist (the purist)
I immerse myself in a state of pure, unbridled emotion


I made a hundred thou' then I freaked it (I freaked it)
I turned a modest sum into something much more profitable


I made 500 thou' then I freaked it (I freaked it)
I turned a large sum into an even larger profit


I bought a '87 for the weekend (the weekend)
I purchased a classic car and only planned to use it temporarily


This ain't what you want, this ain't what you want (what you want)
This lifestyle is not as glamorous as you may think


And it's like that, lil' bitch
Things are really like this, whether you like it or not


MVP, I don't get no sleep, no, I don't like that, lil' bitch
I'm the most valuable player, but I don't have time for sleep and I don't want it either


Bust that open, I want that ocean, yeah that bite back, lil' bitch
I want a woman to be sexually adventurous, but not without potential consequences


Do it bite back, lil' bitch? Need two life jackets, lil' bitch
Will there be repercussions to our passionate encounter? I'm prepared for anything


I ain't gon' hold you, I ain't gon' press you, never control you
I won't restrict or dominate you in any way


I ain't gon' front you, keep it 100, I don't know you
I won't pretend to know more than I do, I'm just being real with you


Boss like Top Dawg, bossed my life up, crossin' over
I'm at the top of my game, I've taken control of my life and I'm venturing into new territory


Stutter steppin', got a Hall of Fame in all my posters
I may have stumbled along the way, but I'm achieving greatness and being recognized for it


I've been ready, my whip been ready
I'm always prepared and my car is too


My bitch been ready, my clique been ready
My girl and my crew are always ready to go


My shit's been ready, my check's been ready
I'm always ready to handle business, with money and equipment at the ready


My shot's on full, that's Armageddon
I'm fully loaded and ready for anything


I got pull, I hope y'all ready
I've got influence and power, be prepared for what's coming


My tank on full, you know, unleaded
My energy and drive are at their peak, fueled and ready to go


I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it
I'm constantly striving for more, never content with what I have


My name gon' hold up, my team gon' hold up
My reputation and my squad are both strong and dependable


My shots gon' fire, my team gon' roll up
My words and actions are powerful and my team is always right behind me


Ménage-à-trois, my queen gon' roll up
I desire a threesome and my girl is down for it


I hope y'all ready, you know I'm ready
Be prepared, because I'm always prepared


I reign all day, you know, confetti
I dominate in everything I do, leaving a trail of celebration in my wake


I gotta go get it, I gotta go get it, skrrt
I'm off to chase my dreams and achieve greatness


You're not a gang member, you's a tourist (a tourist)
You're not really part of this lifestyle, you're just dabbling in it temporarily


I be blackin' out, I be blackin' out
I completely lose myself in the moment


Bought a '83 Cutlass for the weekend (for the weekend)
I purchased a classic car just for a short period of time


I got a hundred thousand, then I freaked it (then I freaked it)
I turned a modest sum into something much more profitable


I made 500 thousand, then I freaked it (then I freaked it)
I turned a large sum into an even larger profit


I put a Rolls Royce on my wrist, oh yeah
I've adorned myself with expensive jewelry


Fuck his baby mama, tryna sneak diss
I'm not afraid to attack someone's loved one if they disrespect me


I took her to my penthouse, then I freaked it (then I freaked it)
I brought her to my luxurious home and had a wild time with her


I haven't made my mind up, should I keep it? (Should I keep it?)
I haven't decided if I should keep this exciting lifestyle or return to normalcy


I got big dawg status, it ain't no secret
I'm at the top of my game and everyone knows it


La di da di da, slob on me knob
I'm engaging in lewd behavior


Pass me some syrup, fuck me in the car
I'm engaging in reckless, hedonistic behavior


La di da di da, mothafuck the law
I have no respect for authority


Chitty chitty bang, murder everything
I'm prepared to violently attack anyone who gets in my way


Bitch, I'm on a roll, and I put that on the gang
I'm achieving success and I owe it to my gang and lifestyle


Changes
The song is moving onto a new section


Is you gon' do something about it?
Are you going to fight against the changes happening in our lives?


What you want?
What is it that you really desire?


Red light, green light, red light, green light
Life is unpredictable, with moments of both opportunity and danger


Red light, green light, they like, we like
Whether things are good or bad, we'll stick together


Fast cars, fast money, fast life, fast broads
Our lifestyle is full of speed and excitement, with money and women at the center


Egotistic, goin' ballistic, why God?
Despite all our success, we're still questioning the nature of our existence


Born warrior, lookin' for euphoria, but I don't see it
We're always searching for a higher purpose or meaning, but it's not always easy to find


I don't feel it, I'm paraplegic, tapped in when I'm maxed in
I feel disconnected and unfulfilled, but I'm able to tap into something greater when I'm at my limit


Comp-Town with the MAC-10s and the pumps in the background
We're surrounded by guns and violence, but it's just part of the environment


I was absent, never OG, standout
I wasn't always a key player in this lifestyle


I was lackin' everything else but doubt
I didn't have much going for me besides my own self-doubt


In the Magnum, holding Magnums with a Magnum
I'm driving a Magnum car while holding a Magnum gun


Nigga, ad-lib and I sing out loud
I'm making music and expressing myself through powerful ad-libs


Never had friends, never had ends, never had hope
I've never had a strong support system or much hope for a better life


They was like, "nope," I was like, "boo yaow, boo yaow"
Others have tried to hold me back, but I'm not giving up without a fight


(Yeah God)
Acknowledging a higher power or force at work


Tee off the day, know we off the, be off the, eat off your plate
We're attacking each day and taking whatever we can get


Throw me off, I be, "off ya head"
Even when things are crazy, I'm still able to handle the situation


Well ate, on C4, I'm way off the edge
I've indulged in explosive, dangerous behavior


Fuck integrity, fuck your pedigree, fuck your feelings, fuck your culture
We don't care about any rules or traditions, we do what we want


Fuck your moral, fuck your family, fuck your tribe
We have no respect for anyone else's values or family connections


Fuck your land, fuck your children, fuck your wives
We're willing to violate anyone and anything for our own gain


Who am I? Not your father, not your brother
I don't have any familial connection to you


Not your reason, not your future
I'm not here to provide reason or stability for you


Not your comfort, not your reverence, not your glory
I'm not here to make you feel comfortable or admired


Not your heaven, not your angel, not your spirit
I'm not here to provide you with any sort of spiritual or religious guidance


Not your message, not your freedom
I'm not here to convey any sort of message or bring you freedom


Not your people, not your neighbor
I have no connection to you or your community


Not your baby, not your equal
I'm not your child or your equal


Not the title y'all want me under
I won't be defined by anyone else's labels or expectations


All hail King Killmonger
I'm the king of my own world and I don't answer to anyone else


Fast cars
Referring back to the previous stanza about our fast-paced lifestyle




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., EMPIRE PUBLISHING, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Nayvadius Demun Wilburn, Axel Albert Morgan, Mark Anthony Spears, Michael Len Williams, James Blake Litherland, Antwon Hicks, Johnny McKinzie, Samuel Gloade, Anthony Tiffith, Kendrick Lamar Duckworth, Travis Walton

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@deezel19

Was Drake the tourist? 🤔

@Clipwilsonbeats

Yup this song was a Shot at Drake

@user-so2ft6vw5c

Crazy

@marcusarailious7084

Drake was born a tourist. In all of our cultures fr

@user-yp5ii4wi6t

Drake told you that lil video didn't start the beef 🤣😭😩

@brandonlovett4919

Kendrick is also going at Drake on all of the stars ft sza on the same album

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@edm4124

Jay Rock: I gotta go get it
Future: la di da di da
Kendrick: Red light green light

@samuelhart752

Correction....

Kendrick: Miss me with that bullshit 🤚🏾

@cjgreen4331

accurate

@noah9373

@@samuelhart752 red light green light was smoother and longer

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