Starlight in a maser with a nicotine chaser

from Aesop Rock – Commencement (at the Obedience Academy) Lyrics on Rap Genius


Answering the question about what he want to drink, Aesop wants stardom, similar the line in the previous verse stating that he wants to “walk above sunshine.” A maser “produces coherent electromagnetic waves through amplification by stimulated emission.” However, “[i]n the Germanic tradition, a mazer) is a special type of drinking vessel. So Aes plays off the idea of being offered a drink by saying that he wants starlight served in a homophone for a cup that actually amplifies the light. And what’s a good drink without a cig?

The starlight part might also indicate that Aesop is only able to make choices for himself after the sun has gone down and the work day is done.

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