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Emotional! White Frat Boy From Connecticut Admits That He Resonates Deeply With Kendrick Lamar’s Hit Song “M.A.A.D. City”


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It was a deeply emotional Monday morning class for students in WRIT-001 when a fellow Penn student shared a haunting memoir about his deep connections to rapper Kendrick Lamar’s hit song, M.A.A.D. City. M.A.A.D. City  is a commentary on Lamar’s life and the trauma he experienced growing up in Compton, California as a child. The Penn student, who wishes to remain anonymous, compared his own experience growing up in Greenwich, Connecticut to Lamar’s life story.

“Growing up in Greenwich, you never know what dangers will face you each day,” the source says in an exclusive interview with Under the Button. “I felt like I had to speak up on what my life is like, being raised on the wrong side of the tracks. I’ve experienced a lot of trauma from my time in Greenwich,” the student began, holding back tears. “My parents once grounded me for a whole month from any darties or pong tournaments because they caught me and my Lacrosse teammate vaping in my room. And don’t even get me started on how hard it was being a kid on my block. Lamar talks about growing up and seeing what gang life does to a person - one time, I saw a homeless man outside of the Whole Foods I go to everyday after practice for sushi. It was just so sad. We even had to drive over 15 minutes to the nearest gas station to buy Juul pods - that’s like, a basic human right.” 

In Lamar's M.A.A.D. City, he talks about having to adapt to crime, arguing that living in Compton, you didn't really have a choice. He speaks of the violence he has seen first hand and of the emotional repercussions of his childhood. Obviously, the anonymous Penn student has had a very similar upbringing in Connecticut. Not to compare, but he might have had it even worse than Lamar.

The student is thankful that despite his troubled past, he was able to get out of Greenwich and attend the University of Pennsylvania as a full-tuition paying, triple legacy, white cisgender male. He compared his A-minus on the Introduction to Microeconomics final to Lamar’s Grammy award winning career, which makes complete sense.

At this point in the interview, the anonymous student was too emotional to continue. Under the Button and the entire Penn community applaud John for his courage and perseverance through the obvious trauma he has endured. Wait shit this was supposed to be anonymous.