Kicks wing tips 'til the tank flips conveyor belt

from Aesop Rock – Number Nine Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Complex metaphor, right here.

“Wingtips” can refer to the literal tips of the beetles’s wings. Beetles get up off of their backs by kicking their wings back, see. I wont supply a gif, for the sake of entomophobics, but you can trust that it’s a thing they do.

At the same time, “wingtip” is another word for a sort of shoe, the brogue. “Kicks wing tips” can thus mean “kicks feet” and refers to the downed character kicking its feet to get off of it’s back.

This, I can supply a gif of:

Either way, this description essentially quantifies the notes Aes is taking. When “on his back”, the only solution is to work to get back on his feet.

As a final note, Aes notes that he ought to kick “‘til the tank flips conveyor belt”. This refers to how rather than legs or even wheels, tanks have treads, which are essentially conveyor belts. The meaning “get back on my feet” is still there, but Aes favors a militant image. This persists in the next lines up.

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