Kendrick Lamar released Part 1 of a two-part video for his Grammy-nominated Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City track, "Sing About Me, I'm Dying of Thirst."

In the Darren Romanelli-directed black and white "Sing About Me," K-Dot rides through the streets of his native Compton, rapping about what it's like growing up surrounded by such violence. "You ran outside when you heard my brother cry for help/ Held him like a newborn baby and made him feel/ Like everything was alright and a fight he tried to put up/ But the type of bullet that stuck went against his will."

Kendrick later arrives at a warehouse where London graffiti artist Eddie Peake displays a colorful mural made out of the rapper's lyrics. Part 2 of the video will drop in January. 

Kendrick, whose debut album earned him seven Grammy nominations, will perform at the Grammys alongside Daft Punk, Pink and fun.'s Nate Ruess live on January 26.