Kendrick Lamar’s 12 Most Woke Lyrics - Music to Feed Your Inner Revolutionary

Kendrick Lamar is perhaps one of the greatest lyrical visionaries of our time. From rapping about the Black man’s plight to the real value of a dollar, one thing is certain—Kendrick is woke.

Taylor Lewis Mar, 14, 2016

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“What money got to do with it/When I don't know the full definition of a rap image?/I’m trapped inside the ghetto and I ain't proud to admit it/Institutionalized, I keep runnin' back for a visit/Hold up, get it back/I said I'm trapped inside the ghetto and I ain't proud to admit it/Institutionalized, I could still kill me a n---a, so what?” -Institutionalized

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“I'm African-American, I'm African/I’m black as the moon, heritage of a small village/Pardon my residence/Came from the bottom of mankind/My hair is nappy, my d--k is big, my nose is round and wide/You hate me don't you?/You hate my people, your plan is to terminate my culture/You're f-----g evil, I want you to recognize that I'm a proud monkey/you vandalize my perception but can't take style from me” -The Blacker the Berry

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"So I'ma dedicate this one verse to Oprah/On how the infamous, sensitive N-word control us/So many artist gave her an explanation to hold us/Well this is my explanation straight from Ethiopia/N-E-G-U-S definition: royality King royalty - wait listen/N-E-G-U-S description: Black emperor, King, ruler, now let me finish/The history books overlooked the word and hide it/America tried to make it to a house divided/The homies don't recognize we be using it wrong/So I'ma break it down and put my game in the song" -I

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“I need 40 acres and a mule/Not a 40 ounce and a pit bull.” -For Free?

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“So why did I weep when Trayvon Martin was in the street/When gang banging make me kill a n***a Blacker than me?/Hypocrite.” -The Blacker the Berry

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“The caterpillar is a prisoner to the streets that conceived it/Its only job is to eat or consume everything around it, in order to protect itself from this mad city/While consuming its environment the caterpillar begins to notice ways to survive/One thing it noticed is how much the world shuns him, but praises the butterfly.” -Mortal Man

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“It’s funny how Zulu and Xhosa might go to war/Two tribal armies that want to build and destroy/Remind me of these Compton Crip gangs that live next door.” -The Blacker The Berry

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“You're lookin' at the Messiah, the son of Jehova, the higher power/The choir that spoke the word, the Holy Spirit, the nerve/Of Nazareth, and I'll tell you just how much a dollar cost/The price of having a spot in Heaven, embrace your loss, I am God.” -How Much a Dollar Cost

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“From Compton to Congress, it's set trippin' all around/Ain't nothin' new but a flow of new DemoCrips and ReBloodlicans/Red state versus a blue state, which one you governin’?/They give us guns and drugs, call us thugs/Make it they promise to f--k with you/No condom they f--k with you, Obama say, "What it do?" -Hood Politics

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“All my Solomon up north, 12 years a slave/12 years of age, thinkin’ my shade too dark/I love myself, I no longer need Cupid/And forcin’ my dark side like a young George Lucas/Light don’t mean you smart, being dark don’t make you stupid.” -Complexion

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“Justice ain’t free, therefore justice ain’t me/So I justify his name on obituary.” -Untitled 05

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“And we hate po-po, wanna kill us dead in the street for sure, n---a/I'm at the preacher's door/My knees gettin' weak and my gun might blow but we gon' be alright.” -Alright

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