They say conversation rule a nation, I can tell

from Kendrick Lamar (Ft. Drake) – Poetic Justice Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kendrick gives a nod to the Conscious Rapper school of thought — that rap (and words in general) have real power and ability to influence people, governments, nations, incite revolution, and create change. Pac and many of his followers understood his own calling in this way — leading to conspiracy theories after his death that the government got him offed to silence his philosophy. Kim’s wise words on the subject.

This is also a concept in the wider literary, philosophical world-but here Kendrick uses it on a smaller scale to illustrate how he can get a woman’s attention on him just by talking to her.

It’s also a pretty sly wordplay — “conversation rule a nation, I can tell

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