Fathom the splicing of first generation fuck up
With trickle down anti-hero smack
There are many fairly profound ways to interpret this line
One interpretation requires the splitting of the two parts of this line. “Fathom the splicing of first generation” and “Fuck up or trickle down anti hero smack”
Splicing is the conjoining of several parts. Also, to ‘Fathom’ is different than to merely ‘Imagine’. Fathoming places an air of a further stretch of the imagination to visualize something. It’s being emphasized that the coming together of a generation would be an awe-inspiring sight but that all we can do is fathom such an event.
To ‘fuck up’ or ‘trickle down’ means, in essence, that one must either give it your all or fizzle away. Using the opposite terms ‘up’ and ‘down’ adds flare to the line. It’s unclear whether the lyrics are actually ‘Anti hero’ instead of ‘Any hero’ but either can be explained. An ‘anti hero’ is a hero whom uses less virtuous methods for the greater good. For instance, Batman utilizes fear to fight for justice. He is an anti-hero. Anti-hero ‘Smack’ and ‘Cracking’ are descriptive of what an anti-hero would do. You can apply the same to ‘Any hero’.
The word “smack” at the end of the line is also important — a heroin reference. Opiates are abused by a massive percentage of people in varying places of success. Celebrities die monthly from drug overdoses, meanwhile poor people in run-down communities are destroyed by it. He is connecting a first generation immigrant fuck-up, through the bloodline of various offspring to today’s heroin anti-hero.
Another way to interpret this is as a reference to the integration of the first generation of immigrants. The first generation usually has the toughest time and gets picked on the most, so he’s saying “imagine what they have to go through to become part of society” and then the second line explains why they either “fuck up” by joining gangs or go unnoticed “trickle down”.
The first generation of immigrants, and down the family tree each generation has a trickle-down of that original fuck-up. This results in even more of an anti-hero persona, and creates a big monster — a Kraken. An individual who has endured generations of failure in his bloodline.
Finally, trickle down also refers to the economic policy that radically changed New York in the 80’s by relaxing regulation and letting money flow through the rich and encouraging them to pass it down to the poor. The idea here is that the wealthy are better at taking care of the country than the government. It has never worked — the rich just get richer. The idea of a “trickle-down anti-hero,” one who inspires by getting ahead from the bottom, is as contradictional as it is ridiculous and marginalized. Likewise, the “fuck-up anti-hero” either a ne'er-do-well or one who moves “up” by “fucking”. The up/down contrast draws attention to multiple meanings and conveys Aesop’s sense of himself as the anti-hero — a contradiction.
Not your average rap line.
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