To Pimp a Butterfly

How Much a Dollar Cost Lyrics – Kendrick Lamar

How Much a Dollar Cost Lyrics

[Verse 1: Kendrick Lamar]
How much a dollar really cost?
The question is detrimental, paralyzin’ my thoughts

Parasites in my stomach keep me with a gut feeling, y’all
Gotta see how I’m chillin’ once I park this luxury car
Hopping out feeling big as Mutombo

“20 on pump 6,” dirty Marcellus called me Dumbo
Twenty years ago, can’t forget
Now I can lend him a ear or two
How to stack these residuals tenfold
The liberal concept of what men’ll do

“20 on 6,” he didn’t hear me
Indigenous African only spoke Zulu
My American tongue was leery

Walked out the gas station
A homeless man with a semi-tan complexion
Asked me for ten Rand, stressin’ about dry land

Deep water, powder blue skies that crack open
A piece of crack that he wanted, I knew he was smokin’
He begged and pleaded
Asked me to feed him twice, I didn’t believe it
Told him, “Beat it”
Contributin’ money just for his pipe—I couldn’t see it

He said, “My son, temptation is one thing that I’ve defeated
Listen to me, I want a single bill from you
Nothin’ less, nothin’ more”
I told him I ain’t have it and closed my door

Tell me, how much a dollar cost?
[Chorus: James Fauntleroy]
It’s more to feed your mind
Water, sun and love, the one you love
All you need, the air you breathe

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[Verse 2: Kendrick Lamar]
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
Starin’ at me for the longest until he finally asked

“Have you ever opened up Exodus 14?
A humble man is all that we ever need”

Tell me, how much a dollar cost?

[Chorus: James Fauntleroy]
It’s more to feed your mind
Water, sun and love, the one you love
All you need, the air you breathe

[Verse 3: Kendrick Lamar]
Guilt trippin’ and feelin’ resentment
I never met a transient that demanded attention
They got me frustrated, indecisive and power trippin’
Sour emotions got me lookin’ at the universe different

I should distance myself, I should keep it relentless
My selfishness is what got me here, who the fuck I’m kiddin’?
So I’ma tell you like I told the last bum
Crumbs and pennies, I need all of mines
And I recognize this type of panhandlin’ all the time
I got better judgment, I know when nigga’s hustlin’, keep in mind
When I was strugglin’, I did compromise, now I comprehend

I smell Grandpa’s old medicine, reekin’ from your skin
Moonshine and gin, nigga, you’re babblin’, your words ain’t flatterin’
I’m imaginin’ Denzel but lookin’ at O’Neal

Kazaam is sad thrills, your gimmick is mediocre
The jig is up, I seen you from a mile away losin’ focus

And I’m insensitive, and I lack empathy
He looked at me and said, “Your potential is bittersweet”
I looked at him and said, “Every nickel is mines to keep”

He looked at me and said, “Know the truth, it’ll set you free
You’re lookin’ at the Messiah, the son of Jehovah, the higher power
The choir that spoke the word, the Holy Spirit
The nerve of Nazareth, and I’ll tell you just how much a dollar cost

The price of having a spot in Heaven, embrace your loss—I am God”
[Outro: Ronald Isley]
I washed my hands, I said my grace
What more do you want from me?
Tears of a clown, guess I’m not all what it’s all meant to be
Shades of grey will never change if I condone
Turn this page, help me change to right my wrongs

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[Produced by LoveDragon]

Artist – Kendrick Lamar

Release Date on Mar. 15, 2015

Album – To Pimp a Butterfly

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