Invest in the vests of Vietnam vets when you out near
“Invest in a vest” could be a slight reference to his idol 2pac, who always wore a bulletproof vest in fear from death except the fateful night he got shot. Kendrick also claims he got a message from 2pac:
In Pac’s song “Killuminati” he had a similar line:
This is also following along the 80s theme of the album as Vietnam vets got little to no support.
The second portion, “a Vietnam vet when you out near”, could refer to one of his opening lines on Control:
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