Grab a fishing pole and throw me with the sharks
That's the feelin' I get when you're concentratin'
On this pen, on this pad
The metaphor implies how vicious, unforgiving and dangerous the critics are. Once he releases something, the critics lurk around in hopes to pick a fault and tarnish his name. It also refers to the fact that he’s being used as bait by critics to catch the “bigger fish” (public attention).
Indeed, everyone has been exposed to Kendrick’s lyrical dexterity, and so there is huge expectations for him to be consistent with his level of work.
People analyze every word he drops in a verse (you’re concentratin' on this pen, on this pad); the pressure is intense.
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