Eerie Lyrics in Mac Millers Final Album that Foreshadow His Passing
By Berkley Moates
Just a month before Mac Miller’s unexpected passing, the Pittsburgh-grown rhythmic rapper and producer released his fifth studio album Swimming. This groovy, but emotional collection of songs mirror the album cover a well-dressed yet barefoot, contemplating Miller, suggesting a level of vulnerability not found in his previous records.
All throughout the album, sprinkled among song titles and lyrics, there are little allusions that seem slightly eerie in retrospect to Miller’s passing three weeks ago. Beginning with the title and initial tone of the first song on the album, Come Back to Earth, Miller’s listeners can begin to hear a difference in the approach towards the album. A sequence of slow guitar strums eventually initiates the lyrics, “I’ll do anything for a way out, of my head”, which now startlingly make sense in relation to Miller’s personal demons he was facing. As Miller’s struggle with drug usage has been publicized throughout the years, this lyric implies a reasoning for his escape from reality and unfortunately allude to his death from overdosing.
Still, the radiating, bouncy single, “Self Care”, foreshadows Miller’s passing this month. In the first verse of the song Miller spins out the lyrics, “so like September I fall, down below, now I know the medicine be on call”, alluding to Miller’s medically influenced death ironically on September 7th. Continuing down the record, “2009”, begins with a strikingly beautiful, yet untraditional instrumental introduction for a hip-hop ballad. It’s not until verse two where back to back lines create a haunting association with the suspected mental and emotional influences of Miller’s death. The lines, “I was diggin’ me a hole big enough to bury my soul, Weight of the world, I gotta carry my own”, now give off a chilling realization to listeners in regard to Miller’s fate. Lastly, in the closing song on the album “So It Goes”, a lyric encompasses possibly Miller’s worst demon, himself and his happiness. “You could have the world in the palm of your hands, you still might drop it”, could refer to Miller’s mediated achievements as a rapper and producer, yet problematic personal issues that seem to outweigh his established success enough to numb himself with drugs.
The album restored its spotlight back in the Billboard 200 Top 10 list following Miller’s unexpected death. The Twitter world went wild as millions of fans shared how Miller’s music impacted their lives and their grief. Although some of his lyrics of his final album foreshadow his unfortunate passing, his hip-hop legacy will be carried throughout the years by his passionate fans and life long love for making music.