See I knew that this is how you act, so typical
Said you love me, oh, but now you flipping like reciprocals
It figures though,

from J. Cole – Lost Ones Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Poetic. J. Cole used to tell her that he loves her, now he’s stopped and maybe only says “I love you too” when she initiates it (an easily-flipped reciprocation..).

MEN: If you love her, tell her you love her — don’t just say “I love you too” when she says it (otherwise she’ll stop giving you blow jobs!)

A reciprocal is a mathematical term for the inverted form of a number. For example, the reciprocal of 2 is ½ and the reciprocal of 3/2 is 2/3. Cole uses wordplay here; the girl is accusing him of flipping on her and switching his attitude completely. He strengthens the mathematical reference with “figures though”. She figures he’d do that as is shown in her next words. A figure is also a number, which is flipped when reciprocated as previously stated. Clever.

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