Kendrick Lamar - DUCKWORTH. Lyrics




[Bēkon and Kid Capri:]
It was always me vs the world
Until I found it's me vs me
Why, why, why, why?
Why, why, why, why?
Just remember, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
We gon' put it in reverse

[Ted Taylor:]
Darling, I told you many times
And I am telling you once again
Just to remind you, sweetheart
That my...

[Kendrick Lamar:]
Oh Lamar, Hail Mary and marijuana, times is hard
Pray with the hooligans, shadows all in the dark
Fellowship with demons and relatives, I'm a star
Life is one funny mothafucka
A true comedian, you gotta love him, you gotta trust him
I might be buggin', infomercials and no sleep
Introverted by my thoughts; children, listen, it gets deep
See, once upon a time inside the Nickerson Garden projects
The object was to process and digest poverty's dialect
Adaptation inevitable: gun violence, crack spot
Federal policies raid buildings and drug professionals
Anthony was the oldest of seven
Well-respected, calm and collected
Laughin' and jokin' made life easier; hard times, Momma on crack
A four-year-old tellin' his nanny he needed her
His family history: pimpin' and bangin'
He was meant to be dangerous
Clocked him a grip and start slangin'
Fifteen, scrapin' up his jeans with quarter pieces
Even got some head from a smoker last weekend
Dodged a policeman, workin' for his big homie
Small-time hustler, graduated to a brick on him
10,000 dollars out of a project housing, that's on the daily
Seen his first mil twenty years old, had a couple of babies
Had a couple of shooters
Caught a murder case, fingerprints on the gun they assumin'
But witnesses couldn't prove it
That was back when he turned his back and they killed his cousin
He beat the case and went back to hustlin'
Bird-shufflin', Anthony rang
The first in the projects with the two-tone Mustang
That 5.0 thing, they say 5-0 came
Circlin' parking lots and parking spots
And hoppin' out while harrassin' the corner blocks
Crooked cops told Anthony he should kick it
He brushed 'em off and walked back to the Kentucky Fried Chicken
See, at this chicken spot
There was a light-skinned nigga that talked a lot
With a curly top and a gap in his teeth
He worked the window, his name was Ducky
He came from the streets, the Robert Taylor Homes
Southside Projects, Chiraq, the Terror Dome
Drove to California with a woman on him and 500 dollars
They had a son, hopin' that he'd see college
Hustlin' on the side with a nine-to-five to freak it
Cadillac Seville, he'd ride his son around on weekends
Three-piece special with his name on the shirt pocket
'Cross the street from the projects, Anthony planned to rob it
Stuck up the place before, back in '84
That's when affiliation was really eight gears of war
So many relatives tellin' us, sellin' us devilish works
Killin' us, crime, intelligent, felonious
Prevalent proposition with 9's
Ducky was well-aware
They robbed the manager and shot a customer last year
He figured he'd get on these niggas' good sides
Free chicken every time Anthony posted in line
Two extra biscuits, Anthony liked him and then let him slide
They didn't kill him; in fact, it look like they're the last to survive
Pay attention, that one decision changed both of they lives
One curse at a time
Reverse the manifest and good karma, and I'll tell you why
You take two strangers and put 'em in random predicaments
Give 'em a soul so they can make their own choices and live with it
Twenty years later, them same strangers, you make 'em meet again
Inside recording studios where they reapin' their benefits
Then you start remindin' them about that chicken incident
Whoever thought the greatest rapper would be from coincidence?
Because if Anthony killed Ducky, Top Dawg could be servin' life
While I grew up without a father and die in a gunfight

[Reversed Audio:]
So, I was takin' a walk the other day…





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Kendrick Lamar DUCKWORTH. Comments
  1. PlutosWorld

    0:49 God*

  2. The Water Slide Destroyer

    2 underrated

  3. Josh Amaru

    The Ted Taylor sample >

  4. KoolieB

    The craziest part of the song is that back then you were able to support a family by just working at a KFC.... astonishing

  5. Cal Edmonds

    K.Dot is a robot 🤦🏾‍♂️

  6. Obi Juan Peso

    Well mixed / mastered music here

  7. Vosges

    I just finished the album and it is a fucking masterpiece I’ve never heard anything like it

  8. julia

    It doesn’t feel like it’s been 2 years

    Gavin Mowatt

    julia just like it was yesterday

  9. Alex Smith

    This shit was fire as fuck whoever said it isnt is stupid af

  10. BLUEOCEAN COMPANY

    https://youtu.be/IUrOHBq8-6E

  11. Still D.R.E

    G.O.A.T 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

  12. ana v

    So proud of Slovenian-Croatian team of excellent musicians Bončina-Topić-Ugrin for making it into this song!

  13. nets3

    Excellent sampling of Ugrin/Topić/Bončina (September - Ostavi trag) - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=biVfj35iyDc

  14. Hughi show

    I'm literally addicted to the first minute of this song

  15. Paul Da Don

    Drake is king tho dont forget who gave kendrick his first international tour

  16. チイタンChiitan

    I make better biscuits than KFC. Now who is top dawg?

  17. fisticuffszzzz

    This song is a message to the kids, the right way is a lot more beneficial than you’d think.

  18. sand blaster1

    Kendrick told u "children listen it gets deep" in the beginning

  19. Alizar Fear

    Any else hear the last 10 seconds? During the rewind..... Like right before it started and then til it ends. That told a story unrelated to the song involving his other songs.. how interesting

  20. 10,000 Subscribers with no videos

    3:44 is that the intro to a song I can’t remember the name

  21. Chris Coromac

    9th wonder 🔥 give him his credit for such an amazing song 💯

  22. Gabriela Queiros

    3:30 woaahhh

  23. Juan Leyes

    [Bēkon and Kid Capri:]
    It was always me vs the world
    Until I found it's me vs me
    Why, why, why, why?
    Why, why, why, why?
    Just remember, what happens on Earth stays on Earth
    We gon' put it in reverse

    [Ted Taylor:]
    Darling, I told you many times
    And I am telling you once again
    Just to remind you, sweetheart
    That my...

    [Kendrick Lamar:]
    Oh Lamar, Hail Mary and marijuana, times is hard
    Pray with the hooligans, shadows all in the dark
    Fellowship with demons and relatives, I'm a star
    Life is one funny mothafucka
    A true comedian, you gotta love him, you gotta trust him
    I might be buggin', infomercials and no sleep
    Introverted by my thoughts; children, listen, it gets deep
    See, once upon a time inside the Nickerson Garden projects
    The object was to process and digest poverty's dialect
    Adaptation inevitable: gun violence, crack spot
    Federal policies raid buildings and drug professionals
    Anthony was the oldest of seven
    Well-respected, calm and collected
    Laughin' and jokin' made life easier; hard times, Momma on crack
    A four-year-old tellin' his nanny he needed her
    His family history: pimpin' and bangin'
    He was meant to be dangerous
    Clocked him a grip and start slangin'
    Fifteen, scrapin' up his jeans with quarter pieces
    Even got some head from a smoker last weekend
    Dodged a policeman, workin' for his big homie
    Small-time hustler, graduated to a brick on him
    10,000 dollars out of a project housing, that's on the daily
    Seen his first mil twenty years old, had a couple of babies
    Had a couple of shooters
    Caught a murder case, fingerprints on the gun they assumin'
    But witnesses couldn't prove it
    That was back when he turned his back and they killed his cousin
    He beat the case and went back to hustlin'
    Bird-shufflin', Anthony rang
    The first in the projects with the two-tone Mustang
    That 5.0 thing, they say 5-0 came
    Circlin' parking lots and parking spots
    And hoppin' out while harrassin' the corner blocks
    Crooked cops told Anthony he should kick it
    He brushed 'em off and walked back to the Kentucky Fried Chicken
    See, at this chicken spot
    There was a light-skinned nigga that talked a lot
    With a curly top and a gap in his teeth
    He worked the window, his name was Ducky
    He came from the streets, the Robert Taylor Homes
    Southside Projects, Chiraq, the Terror Dome
    Drove to California with a woman on him and 500 dollars
    They had a son, hopin' that he'd see college
    Hustlin' on the side with a nine-to-five to freak it
    Cadillac Seville, he'd ride his son around on weekends
    Three-piece special with his name on the shirt pocket
    'Cross the street from the projects, Anthony planned to rob it
    Stuck up the place before, back in '84
    That's when affiliation was really eight gears of war
    So many relatives tellin' us, sellin' us devilish works
    Killin' us, crime, intelligent, felonious
    Prevalent proposition with 9's
    Ducky was well-aware
    They robbed the manager and shot a customer last year
    He figured he'd get on these niggas' good sides
    Free chicken every time Anthony posted in line
    Two extra biscuits, Anthony liked him and then let him slide
    They didn't kill him; in fact, it look like they're the last to survive
    Pay attention, that one decision changed both of they lives
    One curse at a time
    Reverse the manifest and good karma, and I'll tell you why
    You take two strangers and put 'em in random predicaments
    Give 'em a soul so they can make their own choices and live with it
    Twenty years later, them same strangers, you make 'em meet again
    Inside recording studios where they reapin' their benefits
    Then you start remindin' them about that chicken incident
    Whoever thought the greatest rapper would be from coincidence?
    Because if Anthony killed Ducky, Top Dawg could be servin' life
    While I grew up without a father and die in a gunfight

    [Reversed Audio:]
    So, I was takin' a walk the other day…

  24. Diego Chavez

    This song is so understated one of the goats songs.

  25. Shock Jacob

    I got so many chills when after the gun sound, the whole album was reversing and ended with "So i was taking a walk the other day...." And everything just started to make so much sense. 3:26

  26. paige

    *so I was taking a walk the other day...*

  27. CROWNNN

    One of the greatest endings to an album frfr

  28. Brissa Perez

    i fucking love the beginning of this 😍😍🤪

  29. I like Youtube

    Honestly changing my last name was my last magic trick

  30. Gabrielle Simone

    That was back when he turned his back and they killed his cousin

  31. XALTONY 13666

    Life is one funny mahfucka

  32. MR 8R

    How can people tell that this is his worst album?

    Wisp Bug

    MR 8R it’s good but compared to his other albums it’s his worst

  33. Cadier Preshns

    rise israel

  34. Bradley Muchfizz

    Pulitzer Prize for this album... DAMN.

  35. Thr33_D4y5_Gr4c3

    Kendrick goated

  36. PokeSteez

    Best song of the album forsure .

    matt medina

    PokeSteez yessir

  37. Enthem

    easily his most emotional album

  38. Dexiho •

    I slept in this to long ....

    Kingeos

    Dexiho • Fr

  39. grabman

    "Laughing and joking made life easier."

  40. Unlimited Heat

    • It was always me vs. the world .... Until I found its me vs. me ... why oh why why

  41. Unlimited Heat

    Damn this intro hits too hard 😒😪👌

  42. bugi λιχουδης

    This album has aged well

  43. Fabo Andolini

    This is up there with the all time greatest songs in hip-hop history!!

  44. 00G

    what do you mean live through the heart

  45. Pogneman

    classic shit

  46. big sexy

    Listening for that Hiatus Kaiyote sample👀

  47. TEAM NO SLEEP

    Sound just like Lupe

  48. Gabe pRoDuCtIoNs

    This is my first time listening to a Kendrick album, and I finally understand the hype. This has become one of my favorite albums and Kendrick has become my second favorite artist of the current era.

    Souless King

    Gabe pRoDuCtIoNs I would love to feel that feeling of hearing him for the first time.

  49. twerk soda

    my ig lit asf read my name its the same as my ig lol

  50. Devilishgirl03

    Oh, wow! Kendrick never fails to amaze me. Long story short, be careful with the choices you make. One leads to another and then it leads to something else and depending on it you will either be happy or miserable! Bless this man!

  51. ZeroFwends

    "So I was taking a walk the other day.........."

  52. Brandon Johnston

    This man is the best representative of this decades true gen. of rap. (shout out to J.cole tho)

  53. Rogue Virgo

    the fact that the beat keeps changing up and flows so well into each other just adds more to how fucking brilliant this song is

  54. D R

    this is an amazing song just the ability that kendrick has to tell a story is amazing

  55. langGang

    *you take 2 strangers and put 'em in random predicaments, give 'em a soul so they make their own choices and live with it*

  56. Hideotic

    This album is so relatable

  57. Mista Safwan

    I did a remix on that ;)


    https://youtu.be/Cs4ANO08Lds

  58. Dappis

    a lot of people like to talk about DAMN like it's not up there as some of Kendrick's best work but holy fuck is this some top 25 rap songs of all time level shit.
    Every time i listen to this it becomes more and more insane and the way the narrative evolves is so fucking perfect and precise, and at the same time his flow is on point, and that intro creates such a tight atmosphere.
    Everything here was planned in a way that could not be done by anyone but 9th wonder and K-Dot
    damn

  59. stem Ngcobo

    it was this song, 2 years ago, that made me realise exactly why the album was named DAMN, bruh I sat in my room for awhile after that last gunshot and never listened to music the same again

  60. Unlimited Heat

    It was always me vs the world
    Until i found its me vs me .. Why why 🍺⏳

  61. Weird One

    It's not often you listen to a rap track and shed a few tears...but kendrick Will take you there

  62. rap nacional

    🙏🙏🙏

  63. Torrance Crayton

    I'm at work bumping this everyday!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  64. Willy

    2:27 is so slept upon 🥶🥶

  65. Elhadi Seklani

    the beat switch on this is beautiful

  66. Jaey Marq

    It's been said that if you tell God/The Universe what it is that you desire, and mix it with Faith.....God/The Universe has no choice but to grant to you that which you desire!


    .....well, God/The Universe, I desire for K-Dot and Andre 3000 to collaborate on a track before 2019 is over!


    Thank you in advance for making this happen.

  67. Miyir Miyir

    This whole Album Gets me High

  68. Nicholas Lupo

    Best song from the album hands down

  69. Mac Dre

    Masterpiece💯

  70. Bryce Huffman

    I remember hearing the album the night it dropped and then getting to this song. Man, I was legit so taken aback by how seamlessly Kendrick makes me picture Anthony and Ducky both. This is why Kendrick is the best rapper of his era. He really can give you everything in one album

  71. Abel Michael

    3:33 - 4:09 still haunts me till this day 😟

  72. Power100

    Ninth Wonder Crazy for this!!!

  73. Matty H

    If you know you know

  74. license_to_meme

    Mr. Duckworth! Class is not for sleeping! You failed!

  75. Retro

    incredible

  76. Kozza

    Mr DUCKWORTH, long night?

  77. Empirical Thinking

    Lol just realised Kendrick's last name is Duckworth.

  78. SpiceyweenTV

    It might only be a year or 2 but this is still before its time

  79. chrissy torres

    favorite album . 💖

  80. RaulSouza

    Storyteller genius.

  81. G_ Coles

    fire🔥🔥

  82. K1NG 313

    Get the chills every time

  83. Andrewtheantivirus

    That was so good.

  84. Los Angeles Lakers

    9th's drums are jus nasty. They sound live. Dilla lives in 9th

  85. Los Angeles Lakers

    9th's drums are jus nasty. They sound live. Dilla lives in 9th

  86. TQ Tau

    Best To Ever Do It

  87. Angel V

    Poetry 🙌

  88. Fabo Andolini

    I know it's corny but u ever hear a song and the verses are so good you get tears in your eyes? LoL like youre not sad it's just so good it brings tears to your EYES

  89. Dream Big

    Holy fuck yea. This is da shit

  90. Jean Alan B

    Fuck....
    You HAVE to listen to this track high brother

  91. Jack Reacher

    This only got 1.7million views or more like listen to's????

  92. Memo Aguayo

    so.. i was taking a walk the other day..🚶🏻‍♂️

  93. Giselle Gasca

    hugs hard

  94. Beverli Collins

    This song will always be one of my favorite songs ever!!!💯🔥💞

  95. Ruqone

    The remix. https://youtu.be/qyg4sg3ybKE