The blunted mice in the trap

from Earl Sweatshirt – Chum Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Odd Future recorded all their early music at DJ Syd tha Kyd’s house studio, which they lovingly nicknamed “The Trap.”

He’s referencing OF in the early days. Mice are small, not seen, & quiet. Back when they were still in The Trap they were mice to the music world. You rarely saw them & their music compared to others were silent because no one ever heard them.

Lastly, he creates an inverted set of logic with mice and traps. The trap is supposed to catch mice, rather the mice have the trap; defeating the purpose of the trap.

There’s a really complex wordplay here, because his delivery sounds like “the blood admires the track.” The two lines before that suggest that Tyler likes his brother and he likes how he raps.

It might be an allusion to John Steinbeck’s novel and film Of Mice And Men. This book was banned because of its vulgarity. As well it tells the story of two drifters, migrant workers. They have a sort of brotherly love but aren’t brothers and look out for each other. They all are mice in a trap because they have love bigger than them that they can kill with their hands and be killed by.

Of Mice and Men got its title from Robert Burns’s poem “To A Mouse,” written in Scots dialect.

The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft agley.

Translation: the best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry.

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