Released: 2018

Stepping up to the mic, Mac Miller laid down a contemplative track entitled “2009” that invites listeners into a nostalgic moment of personal growth. The song traverses Miller’s hip-hop journey, reflecting on the struggles he overcame and the peace he has found. It’s a poignant testimony of self-discovery and self-awareness, laced with a tranquil acceptance of life’s battles, its victories, and inevitable heartbreaks.

The hook of this joint is a recurrent reminder of Mac’s refusal to shroud his reality under lies: “I don’t need to lie no more / Nowadays all I do is shine, take a breath and ease my mind.” Here, Mac acknowledges his growth – he is past the point of bearing false fronts and is focused now on elevating his life and achieving internal peace.

His use of the phrase “She don’t cry no more / She tell me that I get her high” can be seen as a metaphorical representation of his music. His fans — represented by the “she” — draw strength and solace from his artistry, finding a cathartic release that lifts them above their daily struggles. The promise that “an angel’s s’posed to fly” cements this themes of elevation and salvation.

Mac Miller 2009

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