Killers on side of me, privacy obviously was lost
For a piracy of the streets and my Odyssey

from Kendrick Lamar – BET BackRoom Freestyle Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

There are bad influences all around Kendrick. He is concerned that he is associating himself with too many killers and his privacy or in this case his innocence may be lost. This obviously references Homer’s classic The Odyssey

In the Odyssey Odysseus (in Roman Ulysses) and his men leave Troy and go to a city called Ismara where they pirate the village. Odysseus and his men kill the men and divide the women and treasure troves among themselves. When the Cicones (the surviving inhabitants of Ismara) returned back to their home they fought Odysseus and his men killing some of his partners. In this line Kendrick is comparing himself to Odysseus himself. Odysseus was an epic hero whose journey has been read by many. But at what cost? Kendrick is afraid he will succumb to the peer pressure some of his friends may place on him. As Odysseus quickly realizes Kendrick knows that if he starts on this downward spiral there will be no turning back and a vicious cycle will begin.

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