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1 Verse, 1 Hearse #13, Kendrick Lamar – Buried Alive

December 16, 2011 · Posted in 1 verse 1 hearse · 24 Comments 

Last week I said that “Lord Knows” was the most jaw-dropping track on Take Care. Well, Kendrick’s “Buried Alive” is the deepest most thought provoking headache causing track on the album. Seriously, this is one of my favorite verses of the year. The flow, the lyrics, the topic, everything was on point. People like Kendrick keep poetry in Hip-Hop alive. I find it beautiful when a rapper can craft a verse with so much care, and attention to detail. Kendrick buried this verse alive with the ongoing analogies, and his interesting exploration of fame.

[Intro]
If you was in a pine box
I would surely break the lock
I’d jump right in and fall asleep
Cause you are the death of me

Looking in the mirror I’m embarrassed
I’m feeling like a suicidal terrorist
React like an infant whenever you are mentioned
Mind over matter never worked for my nemesis
I’m in the matter of man arm wrestling hands
Hands I was dealt when I said the music business was all I needed
When I got it I was greeted by an alien
That said last year that she slept with a Canadian
That gave him an addiction
That would keep him in Mercedes Benz
Bright lights and Rhianna as a lady friend
My vice is similar women love when your my type
And you winning from everything that your palm write
Put her in the Palms Hotel, sin city
Devil in a dress, Platinum Chanel
Live the ambiance all cause the audience
One day said I would do it
So instead of a verse being read
Ima go ‘n get some head off the strength of my music
I tell a bad bitch your ass too fat
Capitalize that, and you weave look good
With the Indian tracks
Tracking device on your used 5 series
I don’t call back just blame it on your Canadian
The same day we say we in the area cruisin’ in Toronto
Hit me on the cellular, thought he was gonna sell me a false word
Like the rappers I know
Sat down with a few drinks, located where you can’t see us
A white waitress on standby when we need her
A black Maybach 40 pulled up Jeep
No doors all that nigga was missing was Aaliyah
Felt like the initiation
A reality living in the matrix
We talk casually about the industry
And how the women be the taste makers for the shit we makin’
Then he said that he was the same age as myself
And it didn’t help ’cause it made me even more rude and impatient
So blame it on Mr OVOXO, the reason why I’m breathing on the vanity I know
The reason why my best friend said she love me more than life
But I live a double life and need to let her go
The reason why the highlight was when he said
You alone to the people when you outside
So dig a shovel full of money, full of power, full of pussy, full of fame
And bury yourself alive, then I died

Just the intro is amazing. Kendrick captures his humility in the form of a pine box, which is usually used to bury people in. People of lower class, to be exact. A pine box is inferior to a fancy solid oak casket, which features gold/brass handles and a nice wood finish. Unlike a pine box which is just plain pine wood with a lock on it. Therefore, Kendrick is using the pine box as a representation of his humility. Meaning that if his humility was in a pine box, he’ll probably go right in with it, because he loves it. Humility is the death of Kendrick Lamar. Kendrick’s unwillingness to comply with the rules of fame is the death of his career.

Throughout the verse Mr. Lamar goes back and forth between what he really wants. It seems like either way Kendrick ends up losing. The first line of the verse where he compares himself to a suicidal terrorist supports this confusion. There is no such thing as a suicidal terrorist. Terrorists don’t commit suicide, they sacrifice themselves. So, Kendrick is looking in the mirror ashamed of his pride. A terrorist is proud. But, Kendrick is so ashamed that he feels like taking his own life. This contradiction supports the idea that Kendrick is going back and forth between fame and staying humble. Either way, Lamar ends up losing.

The first 6 lines really sum up the entire verse. Everything beyond the first 6 just supports the idea that Kendrick does not know what to do about fame. The story he takes our minds on is beautiful. K.Dot tells us that the music business was all he wanted at one point. It was all he wanted until he met/saw fame. I loved the way Kendrick personified fame when he said he, “was greeted by an alien”. Fame is the alien, because this celebrity lifestyle is completely foreign to him. “Alien” is often used to refer to foreign people. He then talks about when fame visited Drake and introduced him to Mercedes-Benz’ and Rihanna. K.Dot continues to rap about the similarities between Drake and himself. To me it sounded like “fame” told Kendrick about what she did with Drake. Kendrick Lamar was then like, “hey me too, me too, I was just playing I like you”. In other words he reacts like an infant. Especially when he says he’s, “winning from everything that [his] palm write”. We all know he is right, but we can already see that fame is starting to change him. He’s getting cocky. Putting “her” in the Palms Hotel, and wearing Platinum Chanel just gives us more hints that Kendrick is changing. Lamar is starting to like fame, but we will not know which path Kendrick takes until the end.

After Kendrick’s infantile selfish moment a couple bars earlier, he goes on to remember the first time he met Drake. The lines are self explanatory except for the Aaliyah line which simply means that the scene was so heavenly or magical that all it was missing was Aaliyah. As Kendrick sits down for a private talk with Drake we can infer that he starts to envy Drake’s boss lifestyle. Kendrick then learns that Drake and himself are the same age which worries him, because he feels like he’s moving too slow. Therefore, he grows rude an impatient. Again he’s starting to somewhat envy Drake’s lifestyle. I can just picture him sitting there wide-eyed admiring his surroundings, like an infant at a candy store. But, right now Lamar is just looking through the candy store window. He sees Drake with all of this “candy”. Will he give his life away for fame?

The answer is…..blame it on Mr. OVOXO. He’s still feeling like a suicidal terrorist, so he blames it on Drake. Kendrick Lamar saw what type of lifestyle Drake was living and immediately wanted to live like him. So Kendrick says goodbye to his best friend (musical integrity), and moves on to his other friend (fame). Remember that Kendrick personified fame, he does the same with his music. He kept us guessing about what he was going to do throughout the verse. He showed us his shame and humility in the beginning. As the verse progressed he saw what Drake had become and became more arrogant, and grew to like fame. Mind over matter never worked for Kendrick’s nemesis. So dig him a shovel full of money, full of power, full of pussy, full of fame, and bury him alive.

Written by @QuezKHH, like me on facebook.

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24 Responses to “1 Verse, 1 Hearse #13, Kendrick Lamar – Buried Alive”

  1. nike001 on December 16th, 2011 6:09 am

    What took so long for this? I’ve BEEN saying that this is one of the best verses of the year.. about time there’s been some recognition for it!

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  2. Mark on December 16th, 2011 6:48 am

    Kendrick Lamar is deep I think he’s the Pac of out generation

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  3. TreLamond on December 16th, 2011 7:37 am

    Couldnt have said it better myself.

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  4. Treach on December 16th, 2011 7:38 am

    Now we need one for “the city” kendrick murder game on his shit,and decapated drake on his own album

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  5. Pablit on December 16th, 2011 7:56 am

    I really have been saying this FOREVER. I’m glad you guys see the rap game how I see it. This is why KHH remains one of my top sites. Keep doing what you guys are doing.

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  6. Mike abate on December 16th, 2011 7:58 am

    Great work KHH that’s exactly what the verse was about, you won’t believe the number of ppl who didnt get what Kendrick was referring to, actually this verse is like a summary of the whole album & kendrick did it in a way that drake could never have. But I just wanna say that for your album of the year post I still think you gotta put Take Care at #1 because the overall story behind it is crazy, I found this on KTT forum am not sure if it’s true but it’s a very interesting point of view !!!!
    http://www.kanyetothe.com/forum/index.php?topic=152352.0
    It’s kinda long btw, really long but worth it.

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Mike abate, a guy assuming things is not a good source to give that album number 1 lol

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    Mike abate Reply:

    @MosDef,
    I know but try reading it, it’s more facts than just assumptions & he has some good points, & it can’t all be a coincidence !!!!

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Mike abate, I’m not a Drake fan. But it was pretty interesting I just don’t think thats a good reason to make it number 1 album. Especially when u have albums like section 80, undun, Saigon gsnt, cats and dogs,camp oh n the dreamer. Like can u really put take care above those? I didn’t even include wtt or Cole world but those aren’t even top 3 in my opinion. I did listen to tc btw. So my opinion number 1? Not even close.

    Mike abate Reply:

    @MosDef, I know when it’s quality-wise there are some albums that are better but most of those aren’t that appealing to the mainstream or did good in their sales & I think the guys doin the countdown are gonna take that as a factor when choosing the top 4 !!! & I agree with you about WTT & cole world, especially CW it was mediocre for me tbh

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Mike abate, I get you but the way I see it..shy should it matter if its appealing to the mainstream audience. I mean we’re talking about best albums here of 2011 so why can’t they be in the tops. Last time I remembered albums were view as quality and not record sales. If that.
    was the case Carter IV should be put
    number 1 lol I get what u mean tho. But Now a days record sales don’t mean a thing. So my point is if we’re talking about “best Album” then quality content lyrics beats rhymes should all come into factor.

    Mike abate Reply:

    @MosDef, that’s exactly how it should be, but I mean sales is just one of those factors eventhough I don’t really give a fuck about them but it’s hard to overlook them like today you can’t put an album on a top five list if it sold 1k copies even if it was on Illmatic’s level because there’s alot of ppl who won’t even bother listening to it !!! Hopefully this will change but for now it is what it is, that’s why I won’t be surprised if Wayne gets Album of the year at the Grammys (not sayin that he sucks, hes my fav. Rapper but C4 was disappointing )

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    MosDef Reply:

    @Mike abate, true that! Oh well like Wayne says…life’s a bitch lol

  7. Tee on December 16th, 2011 7:58 am

    *sigh*…doesn’t this dude make upcoming rappers wanna quit

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  8. MosDef on December 16th, 2011 8:27 am

    Fireee!

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  9. kp on December 16th, 2011 9:03 am

    K Dot is on a whole other level. I said it before he reminds me of a young NAS or even Pac. He’s making the West proud

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  10. stormie on December 16th, 2011 6:13 pm

    omgeee ilove kendrick lamar you are the best can we be friends and hang out aha seriously tho :)

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  11. fuk waka on December 16th, 2011 7:11 pm

    this is the best verse on take care! hands down! i have to listen thru the whole of marvins room to get to kendricks part every time!! which is so annoing!

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    Treach Reply:

    @fuk waka, just download buried alive

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  12. thechosenone on December 16th, 2011 7:45 pm

    the Aaliyah line can be taken two ways; the one above which was mentioned, or saying that Drakes entourage was so large that the vehicle could just fall apart as did Aaliyah’s jet- it went down because there was too many people onboard.

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  13. Paul Smith on December 17th, 2011 3:04 pm

    that verse was cold as hell..

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  14. Geez on December 17th, 2011 6:55 pm

    My gf and I were just saying how awesome this song was and you do a 1 verse 1 hearse… KHH = dopest hiphop site ever..

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  15. MFA on December 18th, 2011 1:52 pm

    Wow… Like now that you explained it… This shit was pretty dope. I never quite got it, although I listened to it on several occasions. Thanks quez! Keep it up!

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  16. G20 on January 18th, 2012 3:28 pm

    Best verse of 2011

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