DNA. Lyrics by Kendrick Lamar

Kendrick Lamar Lyrics

DNA. Lyrics
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I got, I got, I got, I got
Loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA
Cocaine quarter piece, got war and peace inside my DNA
I got power, poison, pain and joy inside my DNA
I got hustle though, ambition, flow, inside my DNA
I was born like this, since one like this, immaculate conception
I transform like this, perform like this, was Yashua's new weapon
I don't contemplate, I meditate and off your f*cking head
This that put-the-kids-to-bed
This that I got, I got, I got, I got
Realness, I just kill shit 'cause it's in my DNA
I got millions, I got riches buildin' in my DNA
I got dark, I got evil, that rot inside my DNA
I got off, I got troublesome, heart inside my DNA
I just win again, then win again like Wimbledon, I serve
Yeah that's him again, the sound that engine in is like a bird
You see fireworks and Corvette tire skrrt the boulevard
I know how you work, I know just who you are
See you's a, you's a, you's a
Bitch, your hormones prolly switch inside your DNA
Problem is, all that sucker shit inside your DNA
Daddy prolly snitched, heritage inside your DNA
That don't exist, born outside a jellyfish at age
See my pedigree most definitely don't tolerate the front shit
Shit I've been through prolly offend you, this is Baller's oldest son
I know murder, conviction, burners, boosters, burglars, ballers, dead, redemption
Scholars, fathers dead with kids and I wish I was fed forgiveness
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, soldier's DNA
Born inside the beast
My expertise checked out in second grade
When I was 9, on cell, motel, we didn't have nowhere to stay
At 29, I've done so well, hit cartwheel in my estate
And I'm gon' shine like I'm supposed to, anti-social, extrovert
And excellent mean the extra work
And absentness what the f*ck you heard
And pessimists never struck my nerve
And that's a riff, gonna plead this case
The reason my power's here on earth
Salute the truth, when the prophet say

I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA
This is why I say that hip hop has done more damage to young African Americans than racism in recent years
I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA
I live a better life, I'm rollin' several dice, f*ck your life
I got loyalty, got royalty inside my DNA
I live a better, f*ck your life
5, 4, 3, 2, 1
This is my heritage, all I'm inheritin'
Money and power, the makin' of marriages

Tell me somethin'
You mothaf*ckas can't tell me nothin'
I'd rather die than to listen to you
My DNA not for imitation
Your DNA an abomination
This how it is when you're in the Matrix
Dodgin' bullets, reapin' what you sow
And stackin' up the footage, livin' on the go
And sleepin' in a villa
Sippin' from a crown and walkin' in the buildin'
Diamond in the ceilin', marble on the floors
Beach inside the window, peekin' out the window
Baby in the pool, godfather goals
Only Lord knows, I've been goin' ham
I'm dodgin' paparazzi, freakin' through the cameras
Eatin' 4 dollar brats, wearin' sandals
Yoga on a Monday, stretchin to Nirvana
Watchin' all the snakes, curvin' all the fakes
Phone never on, I don't conversate
I don't compromise, I just penetrate
Sex, money, murder, these are the breaks
These are the times, level number 9
Look up in the sky, 10 is on the way
Sentence on the way, killings on the way
Motherf*cker I got winners on the way
You ain't shit without a body on your belt
You ain't shit without a ticket on your plate
You ain't sick enough to pull it on yourself
You ain't rich enough to hit the lot and skate
Tell me when destruction gonna be my fate
Gonna be your fate, gonna be our fate
Peace to the world, let it rotate
Sex, money, murder, our DNA

DNA. Info:

• The song has been described as "the most virtuosic display" on Damn by Vice. Entertainment Weekly praises the song as "technically peerless" and Lamar's "astonishing flow". Music critic Neil McCormick, for The Telegraph calls "DNA", a "punchy electro mantra about identity".

From the Album:


Hip Hop


Kendrick Duckworth, Michael Williams II

Mike Will Made It

Music video:
"DNA." on YouTube

The video was directed by Nabil and the Little Homies (Kendrick Lamar himself and TDE's Dave Free). It features actor Don Cheadle.

Don Cheadle said:
"I listened to the track, and I was like, 'You're out of your mind. Like, have you heard how you rap? I crammed, like we often do as actors, and with some directing and editing, they made it work... All that back and forth we were doing was just completely improv, which was fun for me... It's tricky with Kendrick because the complexities of how his thoughts work. It's very poetic, and it's not linear, necessarily."

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