barbed wire lyrics – kendrick lamar

(feat. ash riser)

[kendrick lamar]
one time
reporting live, compton, california

have you ever felt like, like you never get life?
like you never get right? sort of like a black sheep
back down, backing out your dreams like some bad sleep
chasing for the win but you never win the track meet
oh, what a cold world for a broke n*gg*, it’s bitter
and life’s a b*tch, don’t hit women so i bit her
i struck enough pain, let her know i wasn’t playing
i was so (sincere) like nas’ first name
and back, they’d tell me, it’s very difficult to see twenty-five
and if i survive i probably wouldn’t sell it
my opportunities are low because my brown complexion floats
in the ghetto, rather in some heals like giuseppe’s
they want me unemployed, until i hit the streets
for filling voids of broke d-boys selling weed
f*cking up my prestige, till i live with the blues
b.b. king or the neighbors of snoop

[chorus: kendrick lamar (ash riser) {uncredited female}]
that’s why i’m in the club like f*ck it though
they say it’s only one life, life, life
and if you say i can’t live comfortable
i’ma tell you that’s a lie, lie, lie
so while i hold this bottle of ciroc with a hand full of *ss
celebrate the very day that i get past
(through the barbed wire)
{we are, we are fighters
we are, we are true
through the, through barbed wires
we will, will break through}
so while i hold this bottle of ciroc with a hand full of *ss
celebrate the very day that i get past
(through the barbed wire)

[kendrick lamar]
have you ever felt like, like you never get life?
like you never did right? sort of like a black sheep
tryna get away from the world stereotype
barbed wire got a barricade on your destiny
she desperately in need of some inspiration, see what the people saying
she gon’ have a baby, then flee from her education
at the age of sixteen, credit card scam schemes
see a scar on her eye, boyfriend brutality
she will never get by, no how, no way
welfare recipient, property of the state
housing, section 8, corner store, prost*tute
the owner bout to prosecute, the n*gg*s tell her that she cute
hoodrat trashy, six baby daddies
and this baby daddy is new to the family
chilling in pajamies, waiting on the first
fast-forward, spilling drinks on her fur

[chorus: kendrick lamar (ash riser) {uncredited female}]
that’s why she in the club like f*ck it though
they say it’s only one life, life, life
and if you say she can’t live comfortable
she gon’ tell you that’s a lie, lie, lie
so while she up in v.i.p. pouring merlot in her gl*ss
celebrate the very day that she get past
(through the barbed wire)
{we are, we are fighters
we are, we are true
through the, through barbed wires
we will, will break through}
so while she up in v.i.p. pouring merlot in her gl*ss
celebrate the very day that she get past
(through the barbed wire)

[kendrick lamar]
have you ever felt like you finally got life?
you finally got right? no longer a black sheep
living off your (dreams) like christina uh-milian in the front seat
of a convertible, eloping to get married
what a feeling of overcoming the odds
it’s like you just hit the lottery, my god
there must be a god, cause golly
you done made it through the fight while squabbling, ali
now your lifestyle’s looking up and you escaped the crooked cops
and you ain’t have to kill a n*gg* just to make a couple bucks
and she ain’t have to go and f*ck on everybody for a dollar
making good decisions, got an independent business mind
and both of y’all are steady grinding, doing it the legal way
just tryna make a decent pay on every second of the day
but they won’t give you the credit, disses out they mouth
you must have joined the illuminati just to ball out

[chorus: kendrick lamar (ash riser)]
in the club like f*ck it though
they say it’s only one life, life, life
and if you say they can’t live comfortable
they gon’ tell you that’s a lie, lie, lie
so even if you overcame doubt and your living ain’t bad
know it’s some barbed wire that’s always in your path
(through the barbed wire)

[kendrick lamar]
just laugh, then everybody say

[ash riser]
cause i won’t get caught again
and i’m here to start the trend
you can’t catch me if you try
disappear into the night, and i’m gone

[outro]
“so you made it past all the barbed wires?”
just one more left [gun shot]

/ kendrick lamar lyrics