Digable Planets' Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like That) ("Reachin' (A New Refutation of Time and Space)," 1993, track 06, released as a single in 1992) (genius.com link) quotes the "blink blink" passages from On the Subway ("The Last Poets," 1970, track 02) (genius.com link), but in a radically different context.

What do the "blink blink/think think" lines in Rebirth of Slick signify independent of their reference to On the Subway, when taken solely as lines in Digable Planets' own work?

How does Rebirth of Slick's quotation of On the Subway transform the meaning of the quoted text? Are Digable Planets calling attention to some relationship between themselves (or their work) and The Last Poets (or their work)?


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