Each verse on this deep cut from one of 2012's most critically-acclaimed album is told with its own narrative, and none of them end happily. During the first one, nu-Compton hometown-hero Kendrick raps: "And if I die before your album drop--" before he's abruptly cut off by gunfire, with only a beat in his wake. It's a shocking moment of realism, adequately demonstrating the stark fragility of life and unpredictably of death, especially where he's from. Oddly enough, Kendrick is none too concerned, as long as you sing about him.
Kendrick Lamar "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst" (2012)