I’m militant, as Martin Luther King
In the penitent, aiming for my dreams
Till a bullet bounce off
One of my deep thoughts
And hit a nigga in the spleen

from Kendrick Lamar – The Relevant Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

A refence to how Martin Luther King was a passive militant in a way that he was effective. Name dropping Martin is a good choice since he got shot sharing his thoughts in a passive way, just like Kendrick share his. The possibility of Kendrick getting shot is also higher than most cities since he’s living in the city of Compton.

Kendrick is aiming for his dreams and he gonna write until his thoughts are strong enough to repel bullets (metaphor).

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