Top 10 Saddest/Depressing Kendrick Lamar Songs

Top 10 Saddest Depressing Kendrick Lamar Songs

When the name Kendrick Lamar is mentioned, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it one of his all-time classic albums such as GKMC or TPAB or the fact that he’s the greatest rapper alive? Does the thought of a sad Kendrick song come to your mind? Just like if someone asked you what you thought of the rapper Immortal Technique, your first thought would be that he made Dance with the Devil, a truly sad and depressing song. The fact is Kendrick isn’t known for sad songs, he’s known for making incredible albums that vividly capture the reader’s imagination. But every rapper has a stash of sad songs and Kendrick is no different. This list is 808sandblues saddest/depressing songs that Kendrick Lamar has made up until now. Enjoy reading!

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10.

Kendrick Lamar Feat BJ The Chicago Kid & Punch – Faith

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: The Kendrick Lamar EP

Release Date: December 31st 2009

Song Length: 3:47

Any Kendrick Lamar fan knows that Kendrick is a proud Christian and religion plays a part in a substantial part of his songs. This emotional track tells the stories of different characters and their struggles in the world which tests their faith. The song mentions the struggle of one losing their house or having someone you know fall seriously ill, dealing with alcohol addiction and a black woman struggling to support her children. At the end of the verse Kendrick is optimistic and states that when in turbulent times, God is just testing your faith. But the overall vibe of this song is depressing because why should good people go through the absolute worst just for it be a test of their faith? Makes you wonder. This song is deserving to be on our sad Kendrick Lamar Songs list.

Key Lyrics

Single black parent from Compton raising children of 4
That’s 4 innocent bastards cause Papa, they don’t know
Her day consists of working back and forth with babysitters
Can’t find no one to watch her kids, so she pay her sister
Her baby daddy ain’t ’bout shit, that nigga ain’t ’bout shit
Spilt his daughter milk just to cop a new outfit
She pray to God every night hoping that he’ll mature
And maybe one day his kids, something that he’ll live for
Baby wanna go back to school but she need some help
Because it’s hard trying to pay the bills when you’re by yourself
She thought about credit card scams, ’til she heard a voice
That said, “The Devil is a lie, make a better choice.”

 

 

9.

Kendrick Lamar Feat Snoop Dogg, Bilal & Anna Wise – Institutionalized

Top 10 Saddest Depressing Kendrick Lamar Songs

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: To Pimp a Butterfly

Release Date: March 15 2015

Song Length: 3:47

Picture this. You are a successful rapper with more money than you can imagine. You can tour anywhere in the world and buy anything you want, yet you are still institutionalized. You’re the person that made it out of messed up and cruel conditions and because of that your past living in the hood still lurks in your mind. Even though you’ve left those poor conditions, you are still under the rules of your hood, so much so that you’ve brought your homie from the hood to an award show and he’s thinking of robbing other rich people for their possessions. When people get rich they normally leave the people who they perceive to be deadweights behind, but Kendrick can never do that because that’s the rules of the hood. He’s institutionalized by the rules of the ghetto and he doesn’t know if its a good or bad thing. We could go so much in depth into this great song, but now isn’t the time for it. What makes this song depressing is that some people never get rid of that mentality and its one that could ruin their lives. What if Kendrick’s friend attempted to rob those stars at the awards? He’ll be another black man locked away in the unjust prison system. We’ve also seen this mentally with other rappers from the hood. But why blame them. Blame the conditions they grew up in. That’s the message this song tells us. Simply Poetic.

Key Lyrics

Be all you can be, true, but the problem is
Dream only a dream if work don’t follow it
Remind me of the homies that used to know me, now follow this
I’ll tell you my hypothesis, I’m probably just way too loyal
K Dizzle will do it for you, my niggas think I’m a god
Truthfully all of ’em spoiled, usually you’re never charged
But somethin’ came over you once I took you to them fuckin’ BET Awards
You lookin’ at artistses like they’re harvestses
So many Rollies around you and you want all of them
Somebody told me you thinkin’ ’bout snatchin’ jewelry

 

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8.

Kendrick Lamar – Collect Calls

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: Good Kid M.A.A.D City

Release Date: October 22 2012

Song Length: 3:57

Collect Calls tell the story of an inmate going through hell in prison. The inmate calls for help but it’s futile, no one is going to come and save him, let alone assure him. He going to suffer in there and his mind is going to rot. Everyone else gets on with their lives.  His girl has left him, his mom hasn’t been replying to him and Kendrick has been the only person to write a letter to him. Kendrick’s ability to paint pictures shines here, the listener is able to feel how scared and anxious the inmate is. He’s aware that he’s slowly descending into chaos but isn’t going to panic yet “commissary running low I need help, not too much, I’ll hustle up the rest myself“.  The message of this song is that once you’re in prison those you love can only do so much before they forget you and leave you behind. You’re left all alone, confined within stone walls. This song is deserving to be on our sad Kendrick Lamar Songs list.

 

Key Lyrics

Momma take this mothafuckin’ block off
Tryna reach you everyday, collect calls
Never get through, and I go through withdrawals
Say who told you that I wanted this door
To slam shut, I just wanted to vent or
Ask you if you give me your rent for
A attorney, I can pay you back more
Soon as I get out, yea every rack is yours
Commissary running low, I need help
Not too much, I hustle up the rest myself
K Dot wrote me saying Marcus got killed
If you knew me, then you know how bad I feel
Quisha prove me wrong, and never came to visit
And I heard she fucking on some other nigga
And my niggas left me in the dark, blind
Mama just get back at me this last time

 

7.

Kendrick Lamar Feat Jay Rock, SZA, Bilal, Anna Wise & Punch – Untitled 05

Top 10 Saddest Depressing Kendrick Lamar Songs

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: Untitled Unmastered

Release Date: March 3 2016

Song Length: 5:38

This depressing cut from Untitled Unmastered (tracks that didn’t make To Pimp a Butterfly) sees Kendrick Lamar explore power disparities and social inequality. Minorities are oppressed and this, in turn, this affects their sense of normality, creating destructive behaviour. Kendrick also blames capitalism for the undoing of minorities and in particular the black community to the point where he is in a murderous state. The hook by Anna Wise is just as haunting as the bleak lyrics Kendrick spits.

Key Lyrics

I got 100 on my dash, got 200 in my trunk
Name in the grab bags, put my Bible in the trunk
Taaka vodka on the top of my binocular I’m drunk
How come I can make them popular, pop em’ when I want
See I’m livin’ with anxiety, duckin’ the sobriety
Fuckin’ up the system I ain’t fuckin’ with society
Justice ain’t free, therefore justice ain’t me
So I justify his name on obituary
Why you wanna see a good man with a broken heart?
Once upon a time I used to go to church and talk to God
Now I’m thinkin’ to myself, hollow tips is all I got

 

 

6.

Kendrick Lamar Feat Ronald Isley & James Fauntleroy –  How Much a Dollar Cost

Top 10 Saddest Depressing Kendrick Lamar Songs

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: To Pimp a Butterfly

Release Date: March 15 2015

Song Length: 4:21

How Much a Dollar Cost is not just a rap song but it’s an experience that we’ve all gone through before. We’ve all walked past a homeless person asking for small change, but refused to give that person anything due to our greed and selfishness. How Much of a Dollar Cost is about that. Kendrick tells the story of when he runs into a homeless man at a gas station in South Africa, who asks Kendrick for 10 Rand but Kendrick refuses to give him nothing, suspecting the homeless man of being a crack addict. Kendrick later finds out that the homeless man is actually God and that he was testing Kendrick. The depressing part is Kendrick fails the test and loses his spot in heaven. This is a powerful track and teaches us all a lesson. The piano loop in the beat just makes the track even more stunning.

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Key Lyrics

He’s starin’ at me in disbelief
My temper is buildin’, he’s starin’ at me, I grab my key
He’s starin’ at me, I started the car, then I tried to leave
And somethin’ told me to keep it in park until I could see
The reason why he was mad at a stranger
Like I was supposed to save him
Like I’m the reason he’s homeless and askin’ me for a favor
He’s starin’ at me, his eyes followed me with no laser
He’s starin’ at me, I notice that his stare is contagious
‘Cause now I’m starin’ back at him, feelin’ some type of disrespect
If I could throw a bat at him, it’d be aimin’ at his neck
I never understood someone beggin’ for goods
Askin’ for handouts, takin’ it if they could
And this particular person just had it down pat

 

 

5.

Kendrick Lamar – FEAR.

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: DAMN.

Release Date: April 14 2017

Song Length: 7:40

Fear is one of Kendrick Lamar’s greatest songs. An over 7-minute epic that details different times in Kendrick’s life (Aged 7, 17 and 17) when Kendrick was at his most fearful. At age 7 he feared his strict mother and how she disciplined him if he got out of hand. At age 17 he feared dying at that age from the cause of gang violence and police brutality. Finally, he recalls the anxieties he had at 27 years old such as thinking he may lose all his fortune. But it is the fear that he had at 17 that gets to us, being that age is where you should be having fun and not constantly thinking that any day could be your last. FEAR. is also one of Alchemist’s beats, the sample is just glorious. This song is deserving to be on our sad Kendrick Lamar Songs list.

Key Lyrics

I’ll prolly die at these house parties, fuckin’ with bitches
I’ll prolly die from witnesses leavin’ me falsed accused
I’ll prolly die from thinkin’ that me and your hood was cool
Or maybe die from pressin’ the line, actin’ too extra
Or maybe die because these smokers are more than desperate
I’ll prolly die from one of these bats and blue badges
Body-slammed on black and white paint, my bones snappin’
Or maybe die from panic or die from bein’ too lax
Or die from waitin’ on it, die ’cause I’m movin’ too fast
I’ll prolly die tryna buy weed at the apartments
I’ll prolly die tryna defuse two homies arguin’
I’ll prolly die ’cause that’s what you do when you’re 17

 

 

4.

Kendrick Lamar feat BJ The Chicago Kid – His Pain

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: Throwaway track

Release Date: January 18 2012

Song Length: 5:28

This track may be referring to his GKMC days as a young child. All over the track, you can hear Kendrick’s voice cracking up because he is guilty that he’s doing such heinous acts but is baffled as to why God is still blessing him. In the second verse Kendrick has committed robbery, domestic violence and killed someone, just when it seems that he was doing to get killed in a drive-by shooting, the shooter instead misses and kills an innocent little boy. Kendrick keeps asks himself again why the Lord keeps blessing him to the point a little boy was killed instead of him, even if Kendrick was indirectly responsible due to gang affiliation.

 

Key Lyrics

Yesterday I invaded privacy of a home
The day before that my partner had fronted me a zone
A week before I had loaded bullets inside that chrome
Two weeks before that I shot them bullets and he was gone
A month before that I cursed my mother then slammed the door
Six months before that I hit my woman, she hit the floor
I stormed out then seen a black Honda Accord
Them hollow tips missed me then hit that little boy

 

 

3.

Kendrick Lamar feat Ash Riser – Keisha’s Song (Her Pain)

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: Section 80

Release Date: July 2 2011

Song Length: 3:18

On this depressing song, Kendrick Lamar raps about what Keisha is going through as a prostitute and the emotional and physical pain that comes with it. Kendrick wrote this song for his sister to tell her that prostitution is a profession that can damage women, but despite it being a demeaning profession those women are still human. The last verse sees Keisha get raped and stabbed by a client, left for dead in the cold streets. This song is deserving to be on our sad Kendrick Lamar Songs list.

 

Key Lyrics

And Lord knows she’s beautiful
Lord knows the usuals, leaving a body sore
Her anatomy is God’s temple
And it’s quite simple, her castle is ’bout to be destroyed
She’s always paranoid, watching the law inside the streets
Undercovers the dummies that look like decoys
Remember the sergeant let her slide, said if he seen
What’s between her thighs he’d compromise, to no surprise
She took the ultimatum ’round the alleyway and gave him
A warm welcome that filled him right below the navel
Though he was wired up like a pair of jumping cables
His eyes was closed shut, prior charges, he had waived ’em
It was a block away from Lueders Park, I seen a squad car parked

 

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2.

Kendrick Lamar – U

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: To Pimp a Butterfly

Release Date: March 15 2015

Song Length: 4:28

“That was one of the hardest songs I had to write,” Kendrick told Rolling Stone. It easy to see why he said this because this track is an emotional roller-coast. U is about Kendrick dealing with Depression and survivors guilt. It is hands down one of the most emotional songs ever made in hip-hop. Lamar reveals plenty about his complex inner friction, the burden he carries and his surreal life at the top. At the second half of the song Lamar’s voice breaks out and cracks, and he sounds like he’s holding back tears while he spits about his friend. If this song doesn’t get to you, then you gotta be one cold as Mother Fu*ker.

 

Key Lyrics

Where was your support that you pretend?
You ain’t no brother, you ain’t no disciple
You ain’t no friend
A friend never leave Compton for profit
Or leave his best friend, little brother
You promised you’d watch him before they shot him
Where was your antennas?
On the road, bottles and bitches
You FaceTimed him one time, that’s unforgiven
You even FaceTimed instead of a hospital visit
Guess you thought he would recover well
Third surgery, they couldn’t stop the bleeding for real
Then he died, God himself will say, “You fuckin’ failed”
You ain’t try

 

 

 

1.

Kendrick Lamar – Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst

 

Artist: Kendrick Lamar

Album: Good Kid M.A.A.D City

Release Date: October 22 2012

Song Length: 12:04

Sing About Me, I’m Dying of Thirst is the centrepiece of his second classic album. The first verse, Kendrick raps in the perspective of Dave’s brother after Dave’s death. Dave’s brother argues that Kendrick is at fault as they were retaliating based on an incident that happened to Kendrick.  But he appreciates Kendrick for being there for Dave and holding him in his arms when he was dying.

The second verse is from the perspective of Keisha’s sister, a woman who was mentioned in Section.80. Keisha is now a prostitute after years of being molested and she is now dead.  Keisha’s sister condemns Kendrick for putting Keisha on blast, without knowing her that well.  She now follows her sister’s path of prostitution in order to survive.

The third verse is from Kendricks own perspective as he raps about his infatuation with death. Kendrick also reflects on the previous verses and ends his verse by asking his listeners if he has put enough work into his music to be worth singing about. This song is not for the weak-willed and faint-hearted because once you immerse yourself in the song tears will fall.

Key Lyrics

You ran outside when you heard my brother cry for help
Held him like a newborn baby and made him feel
Like everything was alright, and a fight he tried to put up
But the type of bullet that stuck had went against his will
As blood spilled on your hands, my plans rather vindictive
Everybody’s a victim in my eyes, when I ride
It’s a murderous rhythm and outside became pitch black
A demon glued to my back, whispering “Get ’em”
I got ’em, and I ain’t give a fuck
That same mentality that told my brother not to duck
In actuality it’s a trip how we trip off of colors
I wonder if I’ll ever discover a passion like you and recover
The life that I knew as a young’n

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