You over owe us, so what the fuck?
The enunciation of this line plays a big part in its interpretation. From a simple glance at the line, it could be taken literally as you are far past owing us, whoever us might be.
However, when one factors in the enunciation given by Kendrick, it sounds sort of like “OVO”, which is the name of Drake’s record label.
Going back to “Ya over owe us,” Kendrick feels like he should be payed by other rappers by the rappers making better music, so he says, “What the fuck?” As in a question asking when is he to receive payment (better music)?
This line could possibly be in reference to the fact that when Drake gave Kendrick the Buried Alive beat by 40 and put it on Take Care, Kendrick garnered a lot of attention. Kendrick’s hype was at an all time high after he was featured on Drake’s sophomore project. What Kendrick may be saying here is that Drake may have felt like, “How could you do this after I gave you a start? You owe us/me (OVO)!”
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