Encased inside the gauntlet's hunger quotas
“Hunger quotas” almost certainly refers to the small share of labor that is returned to the working class as their payment (Aesop Rock loves class warfare themes, especially in this record). In turn, the working class itself is referred to as “the gauntlet”, meaning “the hand (that produces)” or even the society’s armor, the sum of people that work to protect it and help it progress.
Aesop Rock implies that the motives which lead the workers towards habits or behaviors that are harmful to the world (i.e. “uprooting the jungle”) have a cause, which is none other than the economic (maybe even social) oppression and injustice that they experience; their bad deeds are perfectly acceptable outbursts.
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