On “LOYALTY.,” Kendrick Lamar and Rihanna muse on the value and necessity of complete loyalty and honesty, in both platonic and romantic relationships.
The chorus interpolates Jay Z’s infamous Roc-A-Fella Records maxim from 2000’s “Get Your Mind Right Mami,” a line that Kendrick previously referenced on “The Heart Part 2;” while Rihanna alludes to ODB’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” in verse three.
In the outro, Rihanna references the struggle of staying humble within success, which may be a nod to the first single from this album, “HUMBLE.”
Have Rihanna and Kendrick worked together other than “LOYALTY.”?
No, “LOYALTY.” is their first collaboration. However, Kendrick did name drop her on Ab-Soul’s “Black Lip Bastard (Remix):”
And somebody tell Rihanna too
I need that vagina too (Hey baby)
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