let me be me lyrics – kendrick lamar

“let me be me”

we on ali? you ugly
everybody just clap your hands if you’re real
middle finger up, give a f*ck how they feel
be yourself, just show me you’re real
middle fingers up

[chorus]
just let me be me, hmm
that’s the only way i know
just let me be me, hmm
that’s the only way i know
(that’s the only way i know how to hold it down
that’s-that’s the only way i know how to hold it down)

uh, i just wanna be me
no disrespect, but motherf*ck you
my education stopped at a high school degree
but i can outsmart any high iq
draped in some fly sh*t, call me jeff goldblum
cold, my style making my nose run
oh, i stare at the mirror, then realize
that real lies, within me
some say i’m crazy cause i think like i need a shrink
ask too many questions about the stars and earth sh*t
rather be in the studio than out buying drinks
so if i’m not clubbing, don’t think i’m on some jerk sh*t
and california on that jerk sh*t
but i’d just rather two-step like my first steps
jill scott in my ipod as my head rests, yes

[chorus]

and yeah i know i’m from compton, cali’
but i don’t lace up chucks or rock tan khakis
and skinny jeans ain’t quite the lick
i probably would wear ’em but my d*ck don’t fit
ha-ha-ha, i like to joke, got a sense of humor?
stale face, play me short like an oompa-loompa
you ain’t gotta screw up your face in front of the kids
won’t you lighten up like michael did?
i grew up with killers man, people who killed man
but my character never could be like them man
and they respect that, say that i’m real man
not a fake person, that’s the sims man
live my life through some film man?
i ain’t acting out sh*t, i be packing out shows
cause they know they’ll know kendrick fo’ sho’, and oh

[chorus]

almost lost my life to the industry
had to look through a photo book to remember me
these label heads ain’t nothing but bullsh*t
have you with professional killers, chasing hits
lying to yourself all over an image
making records they want, that was wrecking my brilliance
my mama said, boy that don’t sound like you
i said, this is the sound though, my only excuse
quite frankly, dusted off my shoes with my hankie
and kicked it like he skate, make these motherf*ckers hate me
the reason why they hate, cause these motherf*ckers ain’t me
and you can underrate me, but i know what i’m worth
a diamond in god’s dirt, a diamond in winter
watching simpsons and eating some cereal for dinner
see i give you my life to mix it up in a blender
to make sure that you feel it

[chorus]

[uncredited female]
kendrick lamar, what are you trying to say?
what are you trying to accomplish kendrick lamar?
kendrick lamar, what are you trying to say?
what are you trying to accomplish kendrick lamar?
is this really you? is this who you are?
what are you trying to say?
what are you trying to accomplish kendrick lamar?
who are you?
what are you trying to accomplish kendrick lamar?
kendrick lamar, what are you trying to say?
what are you trying to accomplish kendrick lamar?

i think that i finally reached the pinnacle
of finding myself as an individual
the world is so typical
i just wanna be higher than that
i used to want to be the messiah of rap
infatuated with becoming a relevant star
trying to say goodbye to the glamorous chains and cars
that i never had, but wrote it in my raps to make you mad
vanity, they say that it can damage me
so do i really want it?
if i didn’t, i guess i’m a cool cocaine connect
that means i’ll be fronting, hmm
cooking in a laboratory, hoping i can tell a story
that the whole world can feel, like the ones that came before me
knowing that i’m misunderstood
so i gotta get my point across like a snitch would
and i would never walk in the shadow that never was really there
or try to fill the shoes of an invisible pair
and dame said he proud of my newfound honesty
and all i could say is, will the radio care?
yeah, or should i say no?
or should i just stop and come with a whole new approach?
you heard my hip hop when i was sixteen years old
well that was me then, now i’m an adult
twenty-two like the smallest of guns that you know, most determined
but with the smallest of funds to show, but i’m not worried
my talent should take me places i’ve never been
the world should turn soon as my record spin
i wanna be the highest, on top of all the bullsh*t
the negative you bring, the stress, the violence
the capital punishment, the loud police sirens
too focussed, one word, righteous
and this is kendrick lamar
and soon y’all know cloud nine y’all
and that means i wanna be the highest
too focussed, one word (righteous)
mm, yeah
that means i wanna be the highest
too focussed, one word

[uncredited female]
too focussed, too focussed, one word
too focussed, too focussed, one word
too focussed, too focussed, one word
too focussed, one word
too focussed, too focussed, one word

/ kendrick lamar lyrics