Take you out, buy you all kinds of things
I must have got you too hot and burned off your wings
He spoiled her, and effectively turned her into a demon-bitch.
For some reason, the album version of this song replaces the lyric “I must have got you too hot and burned off your wings” with “Make make make em make em clap to this”.
Random trivia ftw!
This might be Rakim showing off his knowledge of Ancient Greek myths. In Greek mythology, fabled inventor Daudelaus fashions together wings in order to escape from a prison with his headstrong son, Icarus. However, Icarus — overwhelmed by the amazing sensation of flight — strays far too close to the sun and his wings melt in mid-air. Rakim could be likening the woman in question’s over-confidence after being showered with gifts to Icarus’s over-confidence after being given the gift of flight. Both attitudes end up having negative consequences, as evidenced by the end of the verse.
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