If you was in a pine box
I would surely break the lock
I’d jump right in and fall asleep
Cause you are the death of me
This might seem like a straightforward message of him talking about how much he cares about someone, but really it’s nothing like that at all. He’s using death as symbolism for becoming mainstream or “selling out”.
He’s talking directly to Drake in the intro of this song, saying:
If Drake was in a pine box, not meaning if Drake was dead.. but saying if Drake being mainstream could be considered being dead.. and he had the choice.. he would put himself in the same position as Drake. Saying that as much as he recognizes that this is the death of what he once was, he would still make the choice to be what Drake is.
He could also mean that if hip-hop was in a pine box, because hip-hop has been deemed “dead” many times. So he’s saying I would break you out and save you and let hip hop be the death of him.
Kendrick also means that he would actually KILL himself due to all of the anxieties and issues that come along with fame itself. Read it in one of his recent interviews.
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