All odds against me, still even the score
Probably why I'm always OT on tour
Wordplay with odds/even: even though the odds of Soul winning are not in his favor, he can’t lose. But since you can’t win a game if the score is even, that’s why he’s in Overtime (OT). In Soul’s case, “OT” is also “on tour” or “out of town”, where he’ll win because he’s getting it in on the road. Also, since Soul doesn’t headline as much as he co-headlines or opens (i.e. Kendrick’s TDE tour), he is often given a finite amount of time in which to perform. That being said, fans love Soul, thus he may stay “overtime” on stage as crowds feel him. Although people want to see Kendrick, people still want to see Soul, too.
Also a reference to Tupac’s “Against All Odds”, which was actually a diss record aimed at various East Coast artists, including Nas, Q-Tip, and Biggie. This reference juxtaposes the previous bars that reference BIG and Puffy.
Considering the next line mentions war, this all connects to the infamous “East Coast VS. West Coast” beef that occurred during the time of Death Row and Bad Boy. But, Ab-Soul uses the term war in a competitive, MC-ing manner.
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