Dan: After naming names (including Drake) on “Control,” Kendrick goes the typical 2013 rapper route on the cypher and doesn’t specifically name Drake (even though the “nothing was the same” line would obviously indicate that its a shot at the boy from T-Dot). Why do you think he, in a sense, technically backtracked on his whole “put names on wax” ideology?
Drew: I think Kendrick wants to show that it’s not about naming names, but about choosing sides in the battle he wants to initiate. He’s staking out a clear territory as the King Of Hip-Hop and goading Drake into making his claim about that particular title. Whether he named someone or not is actually less relevant than the fact that we all know who he’s addressing, and it’s a show of his skill that he can make the reference without the name, proving that it’s not pure publicity maneuvering but poetic steering as well.