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Kendrick Lamar The Heart Part 5 Lyrics Meaning, Impression and Review

When was “The Heart Part 5” released?

“The Heart Part 5” will be Kendrick Lamar’s first solo single since 2018’s “Black Panther,” due out on May 8, 2022.

Kendrick has now released four “The Heart” songs in a row. The most current, “The Heart Part 4”, was released as a standalone single in 2017, similar to Part 5.

Kendrick Lamar’s fifth studio album is titled “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers.” The album includes “The Heart Part 5”.

During his semi-retirement from the music industry, Kendrick has been busy with other projects. He only released one track in 2020, “Look Over Your Shoulder,” a Busta Rhymes collaboration. However, that was also the year he formed PGLang, one of the labels responsible for this song (“The Heart Part 5”).

Interscope Records, Aftermath Entertainment, and, of course, Top Dawg Records are among those who have supported Kendrick throughout his career. Similarly, “Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers” has these labels as well.

The Music Video of “The Heart Part 5”

Kendrick is on the verge of permanently breaking ties with Top Dawg Records, the label that helped him establish himself as a music superstar, as of the release of this song. With this declaration comes suspicion that he may adopt a new alter identity known as “Oklama.”

Furthermore, Lamar’s persona is characterized by something akin to a new spiritual approach. As such, this is probably Kendrick’s debut music video (and hence song) as “Oklama” (as implied at the beginning of the clip).

Kendrick appears to be thinner in the video, which is maybe the first thing to notice.

Indeed, one analyst has said that “Oklama” is analogous to the rapper’s Rasta side taking over, citing Bob Marley as an example, who was also quite lean. And, despite his reputation for not adhering to mainstream beauty standards, Lamar looks more earthy than ever in this video.

But, of course, instead of chanting, he starts rapping. And the video is fundamentally simple, with the vocalist wearing nothing below his chest and spittin’ in a highly animated manner while donning a white T-shirt and a black-and-white bandana around his neck against a gradiated red background. During the chorus, Kendrick also performs a couple of unique dance moves.

Kendrick Lamar ‘The Heart Part 5’ lyrics meaning explained

What “The Heart Part 5” is all about

The lyrics to Kendrick Lamar’s new single ‘The Heart Part 5’ from his upcoming fifth studio album ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers’ are broken down below.

Kendrick Lamar is back with a brand new record titled “The Heart Part 5,” which is the fifth installment in the “The Heart” track series. The song was first teased on his website Oklama.com in April.

K Dot is shown using deepfake technology to change himself into Kanye West, Nipsey Hussle, Will Smith, Jussie Smollett, O.J. Simpson, and Kobe Bryant while rapping in front of a red wall in the music video for ‘The Heart Part 5’.

Here’s a breakdown of the meanings of the lyrics of ‘The Heart Part 5’ to commemorate the debut of his new single and his album, Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, which will be released this Friday.

 

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“I come from a generation of pain, where murder is minor”

Kendrick grew up in a gang and drug-infested neighborhood. He was born in Compton, California, and was five years old when he witnessed his first murder.

“But that’s the culture, crack a bottle, it’s hard to deal with the agony when you’re sober,” says the narrator.

Kendrick discusses growing up in an atmosphere where partying and substance addiction were common.

He also addressed it in a 2013 interview with The Arsenio Hall Show, stating that he is not a strong drinker and rarely parties.

“In the land where hurt people hurt more people, f**k callin’ it culture”

Kendrick uses the phrase “hurt people hurt people” to reflect on the modern-day cycle of abuse and pain.

He changes into a deepfake of Will Smith at this point in the video, alluding to the slapping incident at the 94th Academy Awards, where Smith hit Chris Rock in the face.

“To my brother, my children, I’m in Heaven; to my mother, my sister, I’m in Heaven; to my father, to my wife, I’m serious, this is Heaven.”

At this point in the video, Kendrick transforms into Nipsey Hussle and speaks from his perspective, paying tribute to the rapper. Hussle was assassinated in the year 2019.

Kendrick Lamar’s “The Heart Part 5” Lyrics

[Intro]
As I get a little older, I realize life is perspective
And my perspective may differ from yours
I wanna say thank you to everyone that’s been down with me
All my fans, all my beautiful fans
Anyone who’s ever gave me a listen, all my people

[Verse 1]
I come from a generation of pain, where murder is minor
Rebellious and Margielas’ll chip you for designer
Belt buckles and clout, overzealous if prone to violence
Make the wrong turn, be it will or the wheel alignment
Residue burned, missed at a inner-city
Miscommunication to keep homi’ detective busy
No protection is risky
Desensitized, I vandalized pain
Covered up and camouflaged
Get used to hearin’ arsenal rain
Analyze, risk your life, take the charge
Homies done fucked your baby mama once you hit the yard, that’s culture
Twenty-three hour lockdown, then somebody called
Said your lil’ nephew was shot down, the culture’s involved
I done seen n****s do seventeen, hit the halfway house
Get out and get his brains blown out, lookin’ to buy some weed
Car wash is played out, new GoFundMe accounts’ll proceed
A brand-new victim’ll shatter those dreams, the culture

[Chorus]
(I want, I want, I want, I want)
But I want you to want me too (I want, I want, I want, I want)
I want the hood to want me back (I want, I want, I want, I want)
I want the hood
Look what I done for you (Look what I done for you)
Look what I done for you

[Verse 2]
I said I’d do this for my culture
To let y’all know what a n**** look like in a bulletproof Rover
In my mama’s sofa was a doo-doo popper
Hair trigger, walk up closer, ain’t no Photoshoppin’
Friends bipolar, grab you by your pockets
No option if you froze up, always play the offense
Niggas goin’ to work and sellin’ work, late for work
Workin’ late, prayin’ for work, but he on paperwork
That’s the culture, point the finger, promote ya
Remote location, witness protection, they gon’ hold ya
The streets got me f****d up, y’all can miss me
I wanna represent, for us
New revolution was up and movin’
I’m in Argentina wiping my tears full of confusion
Water in between us, another peer’s been executed
History repeats again
Make amends, then find a n**** with the same skin to do it
But that’s the culture, crack a bottle
Hard to deal with the pain when you’re sober
By tomorrow, we forget the remains, we start over
That’s the problem
Our foundation was trained to accept whatever follows
Dehumanize, insensitive
Scrutinize the way we live for you and I
Enemies shook my hand, I can promise I’ll meet you
In the land where no equal is your equal
Never say I ain’t told ya, nah
In the land where hurt people hurt more people
F**k callin’ it culture

[Chorus]
(I want, I want, I want, I want)
But I want you to want me too (I want, I want, I want, I want)
I want the hood to want me back (I want, I want, I want, I want)
I want the hood
Look what I done for you (Look what I done for you)
Look what I done for you

[Interlude]
Take the drums out
Phew, phew
Phew, phew
Phew

[Verse 3]
Celebrate new life when it come back around
The purpose is in the lessons we learnin’ now
Sacrifice personal gain over everything
Just to see the next generation better than ours
I wasn’t perfect, the skin I was in had truly suffered
Temptation and patience, everything that the body nurtures
I felt the good, I felt the bad, and I felt the worry
But all-in-all, my productivity had stayed urging
Face your fears, always knew that I would make it here
Where the energy is magnified and persevered
Consciousness is synchronized and crystal-clear
Euphoria is glorified and made His
Reflectin’ on my life and what I done
Paid dues, made rules, change outta love
Them same views made schools change curriculums
But didn’t change me starin’ down the barrel of that gun
Should I feel resentful I didn’t see my full potential?
Should I feel regret about the good that I was into?
Everything is everything, this ain’t coincidental
I woke up that morning with more heart to give you
As I bleed through the speakers, feel my presence
To my brother, to my kids, I’m in Heaven
To my mother, to my sis, I’m in Heaven
To my father, to my wife, I am serious, this is Heaven
To my friends, make sure you countin’ them blessings
To my fans, make sure you make them investments
And to the killer that sped up my demise
I forgive you, just know your soul’s in question
I seen the pain in your pupil when that trigger had squeezed
And though you did me gruesome, I was surely relieved
I completed my mission, wasn’t ready to leave
But fulfilled my days, my Creator was pleased
I can’t stress how I love y’all
I don’t need to be in flesh just to hug y’all
The memories recollect just because y’all
Celebrate me with respect
The unity we protect is above all
And Sam, I’ll be watchin’ over you
Make sure my kids watch all my interviews
Make sure you live all the dreams we produce
Keep that genius in your brain on the move
And to my neighborhood, let the good prevail
Make sure them babies and them lead us outta jail
Look for salvation when troubles get real
‘Cause you can’t help the world until you help yourself
And I can’t blame the hood the day that I was killed
Y’all had to see it, that’s the only way to feel
And though my physical won’t reap the benefits
The energy that carry on emits still
I want you

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