Swimming Pools (Drank) took on a whole 'nother life when I actually listened to the lyrics. Kendrick Lamar was rapping about his own relationship with alcohol and even
had the all too familiar drunk-conversation-with-yourself dialogue. I was speechless and actually felt kinda stupid for really wanting to pour a pool full of liquor and dive in it (...at the booty club). Taking a step back, I let the song sink in because my own relationship with alcohol is a peculiar one.
Genetics blessed me with my liver, ya dig? None of the women in my family liked the drinking but the men dranked and I saw the wedge it drove between my parents. So much so that I wasn't even allowed to use the word "drink" generically, I had to call the non-alcoholic beverage that I wanted to consume by name. With all the drama alcohol caused in my upbringing I told myself that I would never drink but I was still curious like WTF is so special about this liquid? So I occassionally sipped pop's stash as a kid and got used to the burn of whiskey and thought it was really nothing special.
Then I went to college.
Early freshman year I played a drinking card game with some friends and actually drunk enough to be, well, drunk. Wow! Not a bad feeling! And wait, what, no hangover? Run that back! The next thing I know I had a drankin pa'tna, knew "white" was my drink of choice, and could hold a 12-pack, 11 shots, or damn near a fifth and still be on my feet - no blackout. I was a champion.
Kendrick Lamar, I feel you on that Swimming Pools track.
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