I did not invent the wheel, I was the crooked spoke adjacent
Spokes are the small metal rods coming from the center of a wheel that help the wheel keep its shape when bearing weight. If the spoke was crooked, it would be unable to properly support the wheel, making it essentially useless. By comparing himself to this “crooked spoke”, Aesop casts himself as somewhat of an outcast.
Since this song and album both revolve around work and industry, it is possible that the spokes are symbols of the working class. They all work together to keep the main idea together (i.e. maintaining the wheel), but the work they do is pretty straightforward. They are not “inventing the wheel” (coming up with great ideas) like the higher classes, they are just supporting the vision of these innovator’s without receiving credit for it.
In a hip-hop sense, Aesop could be be claiming that even though he is not a forefather of the genre, his unique and “crooked” style is still important to the game.
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