Let's question the ascension of a broken social icon and bury its domino affect

from Aesop Rock (Ft. C-Rayz Walz) – Bent Life Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

Probably referring to Ronald Reagan seeing as he was first an actor making him a social icon. “Question the ascension” because Reagan’s election was largely affected by the Iran hostage crisis due to the previous administration’s failure to negotiate the release of the hostages before 8 Americans were killed. “bury its domino affect” is referring to the domino theory which states that increases and decreases in a country’s democracy have a direct relationship with that of its neighboring countries. This ties into “disorders we’ve absorbed inside the village”. The domino theory helped shape Reagan’s foreign policy and is part of what fueled his intervention in Latin America during the 80’s. He is saying he wants to put to rest this idea of intervening with the political affairs of other countries. This ties into issues prevalent at the time of this album’s release because the US was then quite involved in foreign affairs, which was part of the reason al-Quaeda had declared war against the US and the west a couple years earlier. Interesting to note that Bush launched the War on Terror (which completely went against Aesop’s apparent ideas) 2 days after this album’s release.

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