And you got lifted, and sifted, I'm just riffin'
And when I catch MCs, it's time for wing-clippin'
Bird/flight references run throughout this and the next verse. Other MCs lack the ability to fly and must rely on artificial means, whereas Beastie Boys fly naturally — like birds of prey or seagulls. They catch other MCs like an ornithologist captures a bird s/he wishes to study and clips their wings, thus ending wack MCs' newfound flying ability.
source: Brooklyn Daily
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