Kendrick Lamar - Ab-Soul's Outro Lyrics




[Ab-Soul]
What's your life about? Enlighten me
Is you gon' live on your knees or die on your feet?
There's fire in the street, fire in the swisher
Fire in between the two legs of your lil' sister
Just get a sip of this elixir
before they crop us out the picture
I've never seen a crop circle
but I've cops circle the block, I puff squares
But I swear one day I'ma stop, my nerves itch
On the brink of my career while my peers struggle for employment
Can you hear these screams? (Uncle Sam ain't no killing me)
One, two, three, four grams and a fifth of Hennessy
A bad bitch, fuck the penitentiary

[sung by female]
Section 80's babies, blame Ronald Reagan
We raising hell

[Ab-Soul]
Lord forbid
The homie got wet, so we tryna soak it in
The president is black, but you can't vote for skin
You vote for the better man
Come to our show, you can see the diversity
Unify the people, they gon' peep it universally
We might not change the world, but we gon' manipulate it
I hope you participating
Aiyyo Dot, won't you let these cats know?
We knew we'd be here like back in '04
Started HiiiPoWeR because our generation needed a generator
and the system made to disintegrate us
And all we do is assist 'em
We're not victors, we're victims
The bigger picture isn't developed yet
Like, what if kids were celibate?
Or what is Tammy came across a real man
who didn't play games like chil-dren?
My nigga cheated on his girlfriend
with his girlfriend's girlfriend, let the world end
And everybody tripping off twenty-twelve
and the extraterrestrial presence as well
(Odd Future's aight) but our future's not
That martial law shit drop, we gon' all get got
So keep that question mark on your face
Eat your fast-food, use your fluoride toothpaste
Hide your feelings from the public, work your lil' nine-to-five
Don't forget to pay your tithes, and thank God you alive (HiiiPoWeR)
And on another note
we focussed like the Hubble Telescope, 'Soul

[Kendrick Lamar (female)]
Life is a traffic jam (life is a traffic jam)
Life is a traffic jam
Life is a traffic jam
Life is a traffic jam
Life is a traffic jam (ready to go)
Life is a traffic jam (ready to go)
Life is a traffic jam (ready to go)
Life is a traffic jam
Life is a traffic jam

[Kendrick Lamar]
I wrote this because I was ordered to
People say I speak for generation Y
Why lie? I do
Section 80, your son will play me if radio won't
Daughters that just turned one to twenty-one listen to Kendrick
For instance

[Ab-Soul]
What's your life about? Enlighten me
Is you gon' live on your knees or die on your feet?
Take out that student loan and pay off your college degree
and do exactly what you see on TV

[Kendrick Lamar]
True story
Hmm, can you repeat that for me 'Soul?

[Ab-Soul]
What's your life about? Enlighten me
Is you gon' live on your knees or die on your feet?
Is you gon' plead the fifth or sound the horn?
The time is now my child, come on

[Kendrick Lamar]
See a lot of y'all don't understand Kendrick Lamar
because you wonder how I could talk about money, hoes, clothes, God and history
all in the same sentence
You know what all them things have in common?
Only half of the truth if you tell it
See I spent twenty-three years on this earth searching for answers
till one day I realised I had to come up with my own
I'm not on the outside looking in, I'm not on inside looking out
I'm in the dead fucking centre looking around
You ever seen a newborn baby kill a grown man?
That's an analogy for the way the world make me react
My innocence been dead
So the next time I talk about money, hoes, clothes, God and history
all in the same sentence
just know I meant it, and you felt it
cause you too are searching for answers
I'm not the next pop star, I'm not the next socially aware rapper
I am a human motherfucking being over dope ass instrumentation
Kendrick Lamar
Now fuck 'em up Terrace
('Soul!)

[Outro]
I watch this fire that we're gathered around
and see that it burns similar to the fire that burns inside you
Section 80, Section 80 babies
A generation of bliss and disobedience
No they can't control us, no they can't control you
No they can't control us, but we control each other
We build our own world
If you don't leave with nothing else tonight, you will leave with knowing yourself
You will leave knowing you represent something that's bigger than all of us
or our family
Heart, honor and represent
This is you, this is me, and we are HiiiPoWeR





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Kendrick Lamar Ab-Soul's Outro Comments
  1. Andy Rivera

    Ab-Soul is the only real pastor I know.

  2. The Last Pepsi

    That drum loop is orgasmic

  3. Cqzmic

    [Verse 1: Ab-Soul & Alori Joh]
    What's your life about? Enlighten me
    Is you gon' live on your knees or die on your feet?
    It's fire in the street, fire in my Swisher
    Fire in between the two legs of your lil' sister
    Just get a sip of this elixir
    Before they crop us out of the picture
    I've never seen a crop circle
    But I've seen cops circle the block
    I puff squares, but I swear, one day, I'ma stop
    My nerves itch
    On the brink of my career
    While my peers struggle for employment
    Can you hear these screams?
    (Uncle Sam ain't no kin to me) One, two
    Three four grams and a fifth of Hennessy
    A bad bitch, fuck the penitentiary
    Section 80s babies, blame Ronald Reagan
    We raising hell, hell (Oh)
    Lord forbid, the homie got wet, so we trying to soak it in
    The president is black, but you can't vote for skin
    You vote for the better man
    Come to our show, you can see the diversity
    Unify the people, they gon' peep it universally
    We might not change the world
    But we gon' manipulate it, I hope you participatin'
    Ayo, Dot, won't you let these cats know?
    We knew we'd be here, like, back in 04'
    Started HiiiPower because our generation needed a generator
    In a system meant to disintegrate us (Ooh!)
    And all we do is assist them
    We're not victors, we're victims
    The bigger picture isn't developed yet
    Like, what if Keisha was celibate?
    Or what if Tammy came across a real man
    Who didn't play games like children?
    My nigga cheated on his girlfriend
    With his girlfriend's girlfriend, let the world end
    And everybody tripping off 2012
    And the extraterrestrial presence as well
    (Odd Future's aight) But our future is not
    That martial law shit drop, we gon' all get got
    So keep that question mark on your face
    Eat your fast food, use your fluoride toothpaste
    Hide your feelings from the public, work your lil' nine to five
    Don't forget to pay your tithes and thank God you're alive
    HiiiPower
    And on another note
    We focused like the Hubble Telescope
    Soul!


    [Chorus: Kendrick Lamar & Alori Joh]
    Life is a traffic jam, life is a traffic jam
    Life is a traffic jam
    Life is a traffic jam, life is a traffic jam
    Life is a traffic jam, life is a traffic jam
    I'm ready to go, ready to go
    Life is a traffic jam, life is a traffic jam
    Ready to go, ready to go
    Life is a traffic jam
    Life...

    [Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar & Ab-Soul]
    I wrote this because I was ordered to
    People say I speak for generation Y
    Why lie, I do, Section 80
    Your son will play me if the radio won't
    Daughters that just turn 1 'til 21 listen to Kendrick
    For instance:
    What's your life about? Enlighten me
    Is you gon' live on your knees or die on your feet?
    Take out that student loan, and pay off your college degree
    And do exactly what you see on TV
    True story!
    Hmm
    Can you repeat that for me, Soul?
    What's your life about? Enlighten me
    Is you gon' live on your knees or die on your feet?
    Is you gon' plead the fifth or sound the horn?
    The time is now, my child, come on
    See, a lot of y'all don't understand Kendrick Lamar
    Because you wonder how I could talk about money, hoes, clothes, God, and history all in the same sentence
    You know what all the things have in common?
    Only half of the truth, if you tell it
    See I spent 23 years on the earth searching for answers
    'Til one day I realized I had to come up with my own
    I'm not on the outside looking in
    I'm not on the inside looking out
    I'm in the dead fucking center, looking around
    You ever seen a newborn baby kill a grown man?
    That's an analogy for the way the world make me react
    My innocence been dead
    So, the next time I talk about money, hoes, clothes, God, and history all in the same sentence
    Just know I meant it, and you felt it
    'Cause you too are searching for answers
    I'm not the next pop star, I'm not the next socially-aware rapper
    I am a human motherfucking being over dope-ass instrumentation
    Kendrick Lamar!
    Now fuck 'em up, Terrace!
    (Soul!)


    [Instrumental Solo: Terrace Martin]

    [Outro: Kendrick Lamar]
    I watch this fire that we’re gathered around
    And see that it burns similar to the fire that’s inside you
    Section.80
    Section.80 babies
    A generation of bliss and disobedience
    Know they can't control us
    Know they can't control you
    Know they can't control us
    But we can control each other
    We build our own world
    If you don't leave with nothing else tonight
    You will leave with knowing yourself
    You will leave knowing that you represent something that's bigger than all of us
    Our family
    Heart, honor, and respect
    This is you
    This is me
    And we are HiiiPower

  4. Castrosaint

    Ab Soul was able to sum up the feel of the whole album in one verse, talented guy.
    EDIT: He's not talented, he's skilled ;)

  5. George Rivas

    Only half the truth if you tell it

  6. America The Great

    Alot of yall dont know 2pac Life is a traffic jam inspired this

  7. Quinton scurry

    SHOUTOUT TO FREESTYLE FELLOWSHIP FOR STARTING THE MOVEMENT IN HIP HOP WITH JAZZ CULTURE IN THE MUSIC!!!!!!

  8. Jawaan

    So I'm just learning they got the "Life is a traffic jam" from Gridlock'd (a movie featuring 2pac).

  9. fallenwings25

    Love when rap songs have jazzy ass beats lol

  10. Acid Rant

    This song and album inspired this
    https://www.acidrant.com/post/lsd-john-lennon-and-ronald-reagan-why-the-world-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-about-it

  11. Acid Rant

    This is my religion

  12. Federico Candelaria

    I m stock on a traffic jam right now listing to this

  13. Stepha Holic

    sounds like my school days<3

  14. Jordan Kid

    3:40 can we just take a moment for this please

  15. Ali WayTV

    Amazing 🤲🏾

  16. Toby Howard

    Monster inc inspired

  17. Quickly Chosen

    I remember this would be my wakenbake song in high school!!! 😤😤 The nostalgia is real my ppl 💯

  18. Quran Lee

    2019 and beyond.. first soul verse i heard... thanks kdot

  19. iiike

    Fuck fluoride toothpaste!!!

    I use soap now, biatch

  20. CCE Productions

    3:31 crazy

  21. Rockettlockett 0724

    Pretty long outro

  22. Mindfulness Organics

    I'm glad only few people know about his old work unlike his new albums everybody hopped in the kendrick train

  23. STEFAN MCDONALD

    Why is Ab so underrated?

  24. Bushido Cobra

    Ab-Soul's Outro + Kendrick Lamar's Interlude

  25. Brandon Waits

    If you disliked this kill ya self please and thank you

  26. mcxxv ssj

    Who knows about more music that sounds exactly like the very end? The trumpet solo is so beautiful with the upbeat drums

  27. Paul Oketch

    Raw raw talent.!!

  28. King Ace 38

    That live on your knees or die on your feet line OMG

  29. King Ace 38

    God like

  30. Vlone Based

    The hardest song on the album
    (My opinion changed over da years)

  31. Isaiah

    7️⃣ years ago

  32. DRE T3CCS

    7 years from today, still tuned in 🔥🔥🤘🏽💯

  33. Julian Newland

    I'm in the dead.
    fuckin.

    center.

    looking around

  34. Praizzy Brown

    You're son will play me if the radio won't...relatable here in Australia

  35. Isaac Aye

    Crazy that this song is 7 years old.

    Vusisizwe Shange

    like is a gift from the hip hop gods, his life....

    Vusisizwe Shange

    its like his*

  36. SnapIndigo -

    Fire in between the two legs of your little sister haha

  37. raspyshiit

    lupe influence.. forgot all about this !

  38. Chris Goma

    respect goes to Tupac--- Gridlock'd, life is a traffic jam

    lightmajor1

    Exactly. Salute

  39. R0YALT1

    I remember being mad that Kendrick wasn't the one dropping those lines. I never intended to like Soulo but it was just meant to be.

  40. Adam Andino

    now fuck em up Terrace... terrace beat is just beautiful... this whole song just gives me the chills everytime...

  41. Gabriel Valdez

    Seriously the most underrated track by him

  42. Aylenne

    I was NOT ready for this. DAAMN

  43. Info Minds

    Song was basically inspired by "Life is a traffic Jam - 2pac...He was ahead of his time

    Mondo O

    Info Minds gridlock'd dope movie. Why they name him spoon though. Lol

    America The Great

    @Mondo O Because thts wht he used to get high with

    Mondo O

    @America The Great 😳. So obvious, but clever. Thanks

  44. Lyle Chippah

    Drums are excellent

  45. Eren Jaeger

    Life is a traffic jam is from the movie Gridlock`d by Tupac shakur RIP Legend

  46. YANGA HUDSON

    kung fu kenny still a clissic banging to it until this day

    Vanessa Oquendo

    YANGA HUDSON
    Yup this is clissic

  47. Mzwa - elidn

    who the fvck disliked this..?

  48. u human u

    I first heard this I must of been 16... 4 years later and I'm blown away at how much I didn't understand about the world at the time

  49. sk8kidize

    "People wanna know how I can talk about money, clothes, hoes, god and history in the same sentence you know what all the things have in common only half of the truth" - Kendrick

    Atlas Unchained

    I'm not on the outside looking in. I'm not on the inside looking out. I'm in the dead fucking center, looking around.

  50. TVCH LORD

    ab soul is so trash

  51. F Cerda

    2:21 Kendrick speaks on why he wrote this; because he doesn't want "critics = historians"(ppl who weren't part of the change in a movement) to misinterpret HIS REALITY. He was forced to write it because because if he doesn't speak the truth now, he might not live to see another day so lies will be spread (2:53)

  52. xTheDudeGuyx

    This ish is the ish. Idk why this spoke to me the way it did but this right here is the ish.

  53. Christopher Pena

    i love the saxophone part as well the jazz in the background. . Anyone know any relate saxophone music, solo like this one?!? if soo please comment 💓 SOUL!!

    Dorian

    Christopher Pena Terrace Martin

  54. Vince

    I remember years ago when I first heard this I thought it was Pharrell lol damn

  55. Isaiah Johnathan

    underrated smh. this song always stuck out to me on this album.

  56. Amber Evans

    the BEST🎼🎼🎶🎶🎵👑🎤🎤🎤🎤🎺🎺🎺

  57. Jaleel Khaleeq

    He had Elements of TPAB implemented in his music before he even dropped TPAB

    Entertain33

    he said he always wanted to drop something that sounded like TPAB instead of GKMC as his debut album but he said he wasn't confident enough with how different that sound was at the time. that's why he made it a point to dive straight into that sound the second time around

    Metehan

    Same producer bro 🙏🏻

  58. Im0rtalT3chniqe

    Cheated on his girlfriend with his girlfriend's girlfriend, let the world end

  59. Chill Bro

    This is my favorite song on section 80

  60. HaikesXO

    I remember being 18.. Idolizing these guys... Now 23 and I gotta come up with the answers on my own

    HaikesXO

    Rolando Cappas 5 more months
    27 club here I come - meechy darko

    FleaFan16

    Damn bro that hit hard!! So true..

    Satelllliiiiiiiteee

    real talk

    El Fatalisto Rapper

    Don't idolize.

  61. Fred Norment

    That Martial Law Shit Drop We Gone All Get Got!!!

  62. emitstop

    happy birthday kendrick

  63. TrickyBen

    On the real, this drummer is right in the pocket. They brought in a GOOD drummer...

    Mario Persico

    that intro to the song was tight! damn I wonder who was the drummer that groove is unreal

    hiiipower iii

    I think that drummer is Quest from the roots. I may be wrong but I think it's him.

  64. ShamWow2016

    best Kendrick song

  65. Julian Music

    so so good

  66. YXNGBOI JAY

    The beginning always gets me 😣😣😣😣

  67. Charmaine Boyd

    Goosebumps

  68. SkuLL

    1:05, "the president is black but you can't vote for him you gotta vote for the better man". So true if Obama was white idk if he would be president a lot of us just wanted to see a non white president. (Not saying men of color shouldn't be president but a lot of people don't have a reason to vote for Obama they jus do cuz he's black)

    Jordan Johnson

    +Luce650 *Skin

    crackfi3nd

    Luce damn you dumb asf clean your damn ears

  69. Donovan Carter

    when you realize that he already merged jazz fusion with the trap music a long time ago

    Rockettlockett 0724

    @John Currence yeah that's what i was thinking

    E Rico

    People been fuzing jazz with trap for ages. Plus this isn’t really trap

    Diplamatik Juan

    Not sure you know what Trap music is bruh

    MTWENTY

    this is pure Jazz.. i don't know where you're hearing the trap from

    Acid Rant

    This song and album inspired this
    https://www.acidrant.com/post/lsd-john-lennon-and-ronald-reagan-why-the-world-sucks-and-what-you-can-do-about-it

  70. Dom Cruise

    first soul verse i ever heard. so glad i got into him

    The MFG

    First song i heard from him was ILLuminate, you can't imagine how I felt listening to that. It just hypnotized me

  71. _Bxltimore_

    He totally could have put this is TPAB

    Crosby Shadung

    _Bxltimore_ this was years before tpab

  72. Lemmah Mdodana

    Soulo enlightening k.dot..

  73. Martin Garcia

    this sounds like the " for free? " interlude on to pimp a butterfly.

  74. Mia xo

    My shit 🙌

  75. Chima Osuagwu

    Terrace Martin and Ab-Soul *killed* this shit


    This is some A+ tier production and delivery here, pretty much the perfect way to prelude the final track in the album

  76. RaulSouza

    this is like "for free" part 1

    RaulSouza

    +RaulSouza because of the jazz stuff perfectly mixed with rap

    Cameron Reed

    +RaulSouza Bruh... why you just replied to your self?

    RaulSouza

    @Cameron Reed hahah, just to complete my comment 

    samoan steve

    +RaulSouza .. annddd so much way better than for free !

  77. Shane G

    Just watched the movie Gridlock'd with Tupac and came straight here afterwards because now I know where this song got it's inspiration. R.I.P Tupac. Life is a traffic jam fam

  78. Wahab A

    k lamars verse,is one of the best verses EVER.great song

  79. Hexted

    I listen to a lot of different music, lots of rap. This still may be the best rap song ever to me, idk why but I love spoken word type rap, and throw in Terrace Martin? Done.

  80. thescottwino

    Does anyone knows who's playing drums? And sax?

    杰 f o r e v e rミ☆

    Terrace Martin I believe is playing the sax idk who's playing the drums lol

  81. Cassie Dejesus

    how real are you though?

  82. Punk rock In the wrong hands

    If anyone out there knows any other jazz sounding hip hop like this please give me some names!

    Vitor Costa

    +Bacon and cheese has been stuffed into a crust for free, for sale, you ain't gotta lie maybe, the whole to pimp a butterfly

  83. Cephas Thomas

    with how jazzy TPAB was im was kind of suprised there wasnt another Ab-soul outro type song on there

    Sharif Eady

    Man me too

  84. Jerry Acosta

    The subject matter that soulo talks about is just so overlooked. Most underrated rapper of all time

    Vagos Sunderground blablabloublias

    This comment section is the proof why AB soul is underrated.

    hiiipower iii

    @Jaamie B these days was dope tho but not his best tho

    Mikey Cypher

    I like These Days Ab Soul still listen to it.

    Black Wxlfdxg

    Saba is more underrated but when this comment was made I probably would’ve agreed

  85. Independence Movement

    "THE EXTRATERRESTRIAL PRESENCE" -AB JUST SAID IT!

  86. sam

    "I'm not the next socially aware rapper" little did he know

    Ryan Mickens

    Wow that line flew right over all of your heads lol

    cali correa

    funny cuz sometimes i want kendrick to be section 80 socially aware. but he drop hints he didnt want to. I might disagree but thats his decision and I think he made the best of it.

    Fucko

    He means he isn't just filling a role, as in he isn't the "next" anything he is the one and only Kendrick

    some kid

    I think you got it wrong. He was talking about how people think a lot of socially aware rappers are corny and fake, and he's speaking from his heart, not just to impress people by pretending to care about other people. He actually gives a shit.

    Not saying other conscious rappers don't, but i figure that's a how a lot of the hate against conscious rappers works. People who hate on it probably just project their feelings of selfishness on everyone else and believe that everyone's just as selfish as them. When in reality, they're just trying to comfort themselves by putting everyone on the same level as themselves.

    kefkapalazzo1

    joohnny kuz yeah but that’s not his intent. We see it that way not him. He’s just laying it his thoughts

  87. Zanny Moore

    Kendrick Lamar kills everyone he collaborates with. 

    AMAZIAH

    @Kauai Paradise ...yess he did

    Hexted

    @Zanny Moore This is possibly the best song where both rappers fucking murder it. This is not a competition, focus on the message

  88. Niso

    2:03 The beat goes wild! That base contorts in all sorts of ways. The saxophone isn't far behind, beating some soul (ba-dum tss) into this whole thing. But Alori's vocals? Oh, nothing more than singlehandedly personifying the entire essence of the song, as Kendrick hypnotically chants that motto. All this introduced by one simple word, 'So..' and for about 30 seconds, give or take, you're taken on a sonic loop of what good music is all about, son

  89. Michael Wale

    keep that question mark on your face eat your fast food and use your fluoride toothpaste....hide your feelings from the public, work your little 9-5, don't forget to pay your tithe and thank god your alive...that the mundane routine of american life there has to be something more man smh

    mr Wilson

    I know this is from 4 years ago, but the question mark is the people who are confused and blinded. Fluoride is in our water and toothpaste. The people who are really woke are still paying tithes to corrupted churches while hiding it from people. Basically people will follow from generation to generation of the same college routine and lifestyle, while ingnoring the true purpose of life.

  90. MF STEEZ

    SOUL!!! Dat my nigga

  91. torchicken

    legend has it that terrace broke 3 saxophones recording this song

    shaqloco

    Legend also has that a big breasted woman told he could make love to his woman without touching her with his playing. He's been playing ever since.

    torchicken

    ahahahahah

    stephen white

    😂😂😂

  92. ThisThatNew

    NOW FUCK EM UP TERRACE !!!!!

    toni R

     i read this at the same time as Kendrick was saying it lol. what a coincidence

    haloskater24

    +toni R lol me too

    Nicholas Nuno

    toni R just happened to me