And Top Dawg is proof
Top Dawg is not only Kendrick’s record label, but Black Hippy’s as well, and the label is proof to everything Kendrick has stated in this verse about how he deserves credit for his work and how he deserves the money and the fame he has gotten for what he has been recognized for so far.
He’s repping/leading TDE until he is dead and Top Dog is no more, which implies that he, in a sense, is Top Dawg, and likewise Top Dawg is him. Not to say that Ab, Schoolboy, and Jay Rock don’t play their parts too.
Continuing with the “I’m TDE ‘til I die” from before, “Proof” could also be a synonym for death, as in the late D12 rapper Proof. Eminem used a similar line in “Fast Lane.”
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