Icarus is the son of Dedalus who flew too close to the sun and fell to the ground as his wings melted. Dedalus, a man in exile, figures strongly in the autobiographical fiction of James Joyce. By aligning himself with Icarus, he could be commenting on his own artistic ambition, though it is unclear how favorable he means to make the comparison. The place of exile for Icarus and Daedalus was also an island and the members of Das Racist all now live in Brooklyn, on Long Island. Young Icarus is a play on “Kid Icarus”, a series of video games based loosely on the Icarus myth released throughout the late 80’s-early 90’s. Kid Icarus was born in the mythological “Angel Land” Kool A.D. is just high up in the heavens.
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