The Knxwledge and Taz Arnold-produced track allows fans to witness Kdot reflect on the true cost of fame in the midst of his mental self-destruction.
His journey to pursue happiness began after comparing the beginning of his rap career to the heights of his current success, causing him to realize that he lost himself to the fame. After mourning the loss of the person he used to be, Kendrick reverts back to his roots as a humbling tool, showing appreciation for Compton, the place that made him who he is.
Heavily influenced by his humbling trip to South Africa, Kendrick realizes that he could use his fame for the greater good, becoming a positive voice for his community.
Though the song ends with him frantically searching for his purpose, the darkness Kendrick experiences in “For Sale?” and “u” is slightly lifted. “Momma” is a tribute to his roots, pushing him to refuse to let fame erase the connection between where he comes from and who he is.
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