I'm Makaveli's offspring, I'm the king of New York
King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both
Aside from amplifying the words of Kurupt on “Get Bizy”, Kendrick has referenced Pac several times, and even sees himself as a sort of spiritual son of Tupac.
In an interview with Home Grown Radio, he explained a special relation he has with Pac, who supposedly came to him in his dreams and told him “to keep this music alive”. That dream resulted in Section 80 album and the Hiiipower movement, as Kendrick expressed in Ab-Souls Outro:
New Yorkers and others along the East Coast, both fans and rappers, have taken particular offense to these lines, viewing them as the focal point of the verse.
The irony of that line is that the people who actually understood it and got it were the actual Kings of New York, you know, me sitting down with them this past week, and them understanding, it’s not actually about being the king of whatever coast, it’s about leaving a mark as big as BIG, as big as Pac.
Kendrick during an interview with Power 106
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