Invest in the vests of Vietnam vets when you out near

from TDE (Ft. Ab-Soul, Isaiah Rashad, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q) – BET Cypher 2013 Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

“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:

I invest in a vest and makin niggas watch they every step

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:

Tell Flex to drop a bomb on this shit
So many bombs, ring the alarm like Vietnam on this shit

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