And if I die before your album drop, I hope
This sentence is interrupted by gun shots. The character died before the album dropped, but he wants Kendrick to sing about him. Kendricks’s fulfilling his last wish.
This line also speaks to the idea that if you continue down that path of violence like Dave’s brother, it’ll end up killing you, hence the gunshots interrupting mid sentence, showing us it could happen at any point, unexpectedly. The fact that he is murdered mid-sentence more broadly signifies that he was killed before he was able to give all he had to give.
Also note that the shots come in right when Dave’s brother says “I hope”, signifying that there is no hope for kids like him in the ghetto and also, since he is cut off before he could finish, the line alludes to the way violence can cut off the hopes people have before they can realize it.
NOTE: The same idea is used in M.A.A.D city when Kendrick says “If pirus and crips all got along, they’d probably gun me down by the end of this song”, saying that people like him live in such a dangerous place that they might get shot unexpectedly at any time, even when recording a song.
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