This is track #11 on Kendrick Lamar's "To Pimp A Butterfly" Album . Listen Here or Review Lyrics Here
This song is very special because it explores an uncommon topic or personality. Artist usually speak on their assets and kindness, but this song explores Kendrick Lamar's selfish and unemphatic side.
The song starts off with Kendrick stopping for gas and seeing a bunch of homeless people begging outside of the gas station. Kendrick is filthy rich so he could afford to give each of them 10 million dollars if he wanted, but he is very selfish with his money. All of the homeless men ask Kendrick for money, some ask for millions, some ask for thousands , but one man only asks for a single 1 dollar bill.
Kendrick goes on to curse out the man, calling him a drug addict and worthless. The man then tells Kendrick that a dollar wouldn't affect him ; that all he needed was one dollar and he wasn't a drug addict. Kendrick refuses to give the homeless man a dollar and starts to leave.
The homeless man stops Kendrick and asks him "how much does a dollar cost?" Kendrick is confused by the question and looks back at the man. The mans body begins to turn into mist and the man says "a life in heaven". Kendrick then realizes that the man was really an angel sent from heaven to test his character.
With this song, Kendrick teaches us to never get caught up in life's many riches. To always be genuine and empathetic because we never know when we will be tested.