I walk the block with a halo on a stick, poking your patience

from Aesop Rock – Daylight Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

The halo is a symbol of holiness or good. If one bears this mark, it shows their seeking of the righteous and their good intentions. This would be a contrast to the “devils” of the industry.

Aesop is wearing a halo attached to his head by a stick. This means that he reflects the ideas of the “angels”, but he is not truly holy. Unlike some of the other angels, he is not allowing himself to get roped up in the basement, he lets his presence be known.

The ‘poking patience’ could refer to how his good intentions annoy most of the hip-hop community. This could be interpreted as something similar to the exposure of wrongs in a world where people are blind to them. Nobody seems to want to hear about the ‘Ugly Truth’ but they would prefer to stay in a haven of ignorance.

The “fake halo” idea is echoed by Lupe Fiasco in Streets on Fire.

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