Takin' off I ain't takin off these Pistons
Kendrick’s career has taken off and he has become a reputable rapper.
A piston is the moving part of an engine that captures the kinetic energy from combustion. Without pistons an engine will not work.
By not taking off his pistons kendrick does not plan to stop making music anytime soon
This is also a reference to Arron Afflalo, an NBA player from Compton who was drafted by the Pistons. The song before this one on good kid, m.A.A.d. city — Black Boy Fly — dedicates its' first verse to Kendrick’s opinions on Afflalo getting out of Compton and making it big.
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