“Everybody always says the younger generation is so on the phone, but naw, everybody is addicted to the phone,” Martin said in an interview with Stereogum. “So [Kendrick Lamar] went in there, man, and he just started saying what being a drone means to him, and… the song ‘Drones’ itself is pretty much a statement that we are all one and we are all even robots as one.”
He continued: “It’s like we are all in a weird state to where we have these things, these gadgets [that] control us, and they help us but a lot of times they make us more shallow. We lose trust, we have lack of compassion, we have lack of love, it’s shaming going on, it’s all these different wars between these different people that everybody thinks everybody’s different, and the phone is a big deal.”
Announced earlier this week, Drones also features collaborations with Cordae, Arin Rae, Smino, Channel Tres, Celeste, Hit-Boy, Kamasi Washington, Robert Glasper, YG, Mayala, Leon Bridges, D Smoke, and Kim Burrell.