@KendrickLamar “Love” Interpretation

 

I’ve been repeatedly listening to a gang of songs that I’ve either found a new love for or that I love. I’ve been listening in to feel the music and it’s vibrations. One key song on my list to interpret is K. Dot’s “Love”.  DAMN. pre-released April 7,  officially released April 14 of 2017, has been one of the best albums of the year as we close out and transition into 2018. The video was dropped on December 21, 2017.

I’m gong to publsih the lyrics, so you can follow because I’ve listened to it from many different perspectives. When I first heard it in the summer, my cousin Steven requested it. At first, I was just vibing to the melody and I really didn’t listen to the lyrics because the singing was too soft for me at the time. I’ve elevated since then and I’m on the love vibration, so I get it now. I think music registers to where you are in your life, sometimes.

Da Lyrics 

[Streaming Intro: Kendrick Lamar]
Damn, love or lust
Damn, all of us

[Physical Intro: Kid Capri]
We still lettin’ it spin, y’all
Here we go!

[Chorus: Zacari & Kendrick Lamar]
Give me a run for my money
There is nobody, no one to outrun me

(Another world premiere!)
So give me a run for my money
Sippin’ bubbly, feelin’ lovely, livin’ lovely
Just love me

I wanna be with you, ayy, I wanna be with
Just love me, just love me, just love me
I wanna be with you, ayy, I wanna be with
Love me
I wanna be with you
Love me, just love me

[Refrain: Kendrick Lamar & Zacari]
If I didn’t ride blade on curb, would you still love me?
If I minimized my net worth, would you still love me?

Keep it a hundred, I’d rather you trust me than to love me
Keep it a whole one hund’: don’t got you, I got nothin’
[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
Ayy, I got somethin’
Hol’ up, we gon’ function, no assumptions
Feelin’ like Tyson with it
Knock it out twice, I’m with it
Only for the night, I’m kiddin’
Only for life, you’re a homie for life
You’re a homie for life, let’s get it

Hit that shoulder lean
I know what comin’ over mean

Backstroke oversea
I know what you need
Already on ten, our money come in
All feeling go out, this feeling don’t drought
This party won’t end

[Refrain: Kendrick Lamar & Zacari]
If I didn’t ride blade on curb, would you still love me?
If I minimized my net worth, would you still love me?

Keep it a hundred, I’d rather you trust me than to love me
Keep it a whole one hund’: don’t got you, I got nothin’

[Chorus: Zacari & Kendrick Lamar]
Give me a run for my money
There is nobody, no one to outrun me
So give me a run for my money

Sippin’ bubbly, feelin’ lovely, livin’ lovely
Just love me

I wanna be with you, ayy, I wanna be with
Just love me, just love me, just love me
I wanna be with you, ayy, I wanna be with
Love me
I wanna be with you
Love me, just love me

[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar & Zacari]
I’m on the way
We ain’t got no time to waste
Poppin’ your gum on the way (love me)
Am I in the way?
I don’t wan’ pressure you none
I want your blessing today (love me)
Oh, by the way, open the door by the way
Told you that I’m on the way (love me)
I’m on the way, I know connection is vague
Pick up the phone for me, babe
Damn it, we jammin’
Bad attitude from yo’ nanny
Curves and your hips from yo’ mammy

Remember Gardena, I took the studio camera
I know Top will be mad at me
I had to do it, I want your body, your music

I bought the big one to prove it
Look what you made
Told you that I’m on the way
I’m like a’ exit away, yep

[Refrain: Kendrick Lamar & Zacari]
If I didn’t ride blade on curb, would you still love me?
If I minimized my net worth, would you still love me?

Keep it a hundred, I’d rather you trust me than to love me
Keep it a whole one hund’: don’t got you, I got nothin’
[Chorus: Zacari & Kendrick Lamar]
Give me a run for my money
There is nobody, no one to outrun me
So give me a run for my money

Sippin’ bubbly, feelin’ lovely, livin’ lovely
Just love me

I wanna be with you, ayy, I wanna be with
Just love me, just love me, just love me
I wanna be with you, ayy, I wanna be with
Love me
I wanna be with you
Love me, just love me

 

 Source

https://genius.com/Kendrick-lamar-love-lyrics

Da Interpretation 

Now, that you’ve gone through all of that let me tell you the message I got from the song. Kendrick is asking for his love interest to challenge him and give him a run for his money. Now, money isn’t just his only asset, it’s only apart of his net worth, so if he minimizes that would she still love him? He’s already living good but he knows he can be better if she just loves him but he’s decided that it’s even better for her to trust him. He knows that if he earns her trust then he can receive her love and blessings. He goes on to describe how he’s going to love her with a little humor (you know us women love a man with a sense of humor). He informs her of how he can provide her with stability and security, including some good sex at least twice a day. He’s letting her know that he’s a man that knows what he wants and he’s made the decision that he wants to be with her.

Secondly, just to show face with his actions, he like “Bae, I’m gone slide on you just to prove it, I need your blessing today.” He hasn’t been perfect and based off his reality of being connected daily with beautiful women, he wants to help her evolve from being insecure about his relations. They’re obviously having a conflict at this time in their relationship because he notes that they’re jammin. He’s paid attention to where she gets her bad attitude from (her granny), he acknowledges how her mother has blessed her with them hips and curves he loves. Therefore, he excuses her and knows that it’s just who she is, and he accepts her for it, so he’s doing the necessary work to earn her trust before her love. You know most of us have inherited distrust genetically and then you know how Granny be, she tells you to not even trust your friends. Our grandparents grew up in era where no one was their allies, anybody was liable to be a snake: their significant other, mother, sister, cousin, the government, etc.

To keep it hund, I agree with Kendrick’s perspective of love. It’s “black” love, we have to be upfront and know what we want, and act on it. Nothing is easy, so if you find a woman that makes you a better man outside of you being successful as a leader, provider, and protector then hunt that woman for her love. Make sure you pay attention to her, and find her. Don’t try to define her for yourself because then you aren’t loving her for whom ever she is. You want to identify her based off how she identifies herself and be thoughtful about things that she will evolve from, that tainted her generationally or her past life. He wants to be loved for all of him, not just his money. Woman, you better love that DAMN. Man for all that he is. He’s a great one!

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