During this track, Kendrick Lamar challenges his fellow rap artists to sit down, be more humble, and respect his position as one of the greatest in the genre. Watch my soul speak, you let the meds talk, ayy If I kill a nigga, it won't be the alcohol, ayy I'm the realest nigga after all, bitch, be humble Unlike others in the hip-hop community, Lamar doesn't need alcohol or drugs to make meaningful music.
Lamar takes some shots at other rappers without calling them out directly. On the chorus, he raps: (Hol' up, bitch) sit down (Hol' up lil' bitch, hol' up lil' bitch) be humble This seems to be a reference to Big Sean's signature ad-libs of "lil bitch," like at the end of his verse on Drake's "All Me" and "hold up" such as on his early hit "Marvin & Chardonnay."
During the second verse, Lamar spits bars about being paged by Barack Obama, but refusing to flaunt his communication with the former US president. This s--t way too crazy, ayy, you do not amaze me, ayy I blew cool from AC, ayy, Obama just paged me, ayy I don't fabricate it, ayy, most of y'all be fakin', ayy I stay modest 'bout it, ayy, she elaborate it, ayy Barack Obama has stated several times that he is a fan of Lamar's music. According to a list of the first family's best pop culture picks in 2015, "How Much A Dollar Cost" was the then-POTUS's favorite song of that year.
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