I know the priors they running by us when we do crime

from Rick Ross (Ft. Gunplay, Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill, Stalley & Wale) – Power Circle Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The “priors” here are previous arrests, etc. He could also be talking about the Richard Pryor ‘freebasing incident’ when he accidentally set himself on fire and ran through the streets high on coke.

“Prior” also refers to somebody is the head of a certain religious order, and even sounds like the word “prayer”; so Kendrick is likely to be continuing the religious metaphors.

Even further, this may refer to the Terrelle Pryor scandal, as Pryor was Ohio State’s quarterback, and Kendrick mention OSU two lines later

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