And I been in the lab with my opponents

from Black Hippy (Ft. Ab-Soul, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar & ScHoolboy Q) – U.O.E.N.O. Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Kendrick’s been in the studio with artist he looked up to (Dre who produced his albums, Snoop passed him the torch, Jay-Z, and most recently, Nas).

He can’t be stuck on being such a huge fan, he has to compete with them.

Also, Black Hippy’s member are very open about being in competition.

Here’s Black Hippy in the lab with Eminem and Slaughterhouse

In hindsight, this goes into this concept in considerably more detail.

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