Mac Miller is a rap artist who died in 2018 due to drug overdose. I could argue all of his songs are poetic, but “2009”, from his album “Swimming”, has the most poetic features in my opinion.
The song “2009” connects to his death and drug use through the lyrics and rhymes used. The song is slow and features a lot of instrumentals like violin and piano which gives it a heartfelt feel.
First, the rhyming is really emphasized in this song as shown in this verse.
I don’t need to lie no more
Nowadays all I do is shine
Take a breath and ease my mind
And she don’t cry no more
She tell me that I get her high
In addition to the rhyming, the repetition of the line “it ain’t 2009 no more” adds to the poetic feel of the song and makes the listener think about the significance of that year to his life and what happened to make that year stand out. The significance of that year isn’t pinpointed at anything specific, but the listener can make some guesses based on his life. I think writing about a year or a specific time in one’s life is poetic and seen in many poems.
He then uses more rhyming to reference some of his personal issues with drugs.
Yeah, they ask me what I'm smilin' for Well, because I've never been this high before It's like I never felt alive before Mhmm, I'd rather have me peace of mind than war
He also references the struggles of fame.
And sometimes, sometimes I wish I took a simpler route Instead of havin' demons that's as big as my house, mhmm Have a ball with a dribble and bounce 'Cause the party ain't over 'til they're kickin' me out, yeah Isn't it funny? We can make a lot of money Buy a lot of things just to feel a lot of ugly
Using more rhyme here, he addresses the beauty that having a simple life can bring and the struggles that come with fame. 2009 was right before his release of one of his most popular albums, “Kids”. During this time he was definitely famous.
Althogether, Mac Miller takes us through his life in the year 2009 through powerful verses and intense instrumental, making his song a poem.
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I am also a Mac Miller fan so I liked hearing your thoughts on this song. It is interesting to hear about the different ways he talks about success and addiction in his songs. The lines about taking a simpler route and demons really convey his conflicting feelings about fame.