"My God, you pay for your friends?" I'll take that as a compliment
Gambino loves to quote naysayers in his songs and respond to them directly.
This particular comment can be read in two ways:
“My God, you pay for your friends,” as in he has to buy friendship,
“My God, you pay for your friends” as in he can afford to pay for what his friends need. He prefers the second interpretation, and so takes it as a compliment.
He’s also referring to the fact that the girl he’s with is paying not only her, but also her friends' way. Likewise, some men take it as an insult when the girl decides to go Dutch, but Gambino takes it as a compliment, since he’s not being used or mooched off of.
Now that the screenplay for Because The Internet dropped we can see it more dramatized. In the script “The Boy” pays to have friends and it shocks a girl, but he feels that we all pay to have friends.
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