While the triple sixers' lassos keep angels roped in the basement

from Aesop Rock – Daylight Lyrics on Rap Genius


Triple sixers refers to the number of the devil, 666. To him, the industry and the way it is set up is the devil, because it keeps goodness and truth hidden. As far as hip-hop goes, those who want to express true, unfiltered art are the angels in the basement who can’t get their message out. And on a larger scale, the current monetary system favors the cutthroats over the truly good people.

The line alludes to Nas' “The World is Yours”, in which he asserts that one of the dangers of his urban lifestyle is being, “caught by the devil’s lasso.”

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