Matches
Mac Miller Lyrics


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Ever since a nigga had recess
Motherfucker felt like a grown-up (Soulo)
Momma come and bitch about a curfew
I was still playing round the corner
7 years old saw my first porno
Damn that fucked me up
At 10 I bust my first nut
On this older ho gut, but so what
Let's recap, the earth spinning too rapid
I'm living too fast, sin is a habit
I can't hack fornicate, act as rabid
One bean short of an acid tablet
Security guards spark my cigarettes
The old head go 'head and cop me a brew
Sometimes them Koreans be cool
These shades make me look 22
They say you learn when you get older
I just say that that ain't true
That just means when you was younger
You ain't get turnt up like us fool
Just got L's so I'm riding high
Still in high school but I do
Everything I will do
When I'm 25, no lie

I was young with ambition
Fucked around with these hoes
Never needed permission
Went and lived the life that I chose
Premonition type visions, see the world as it goes
Tell them all what they missing
While I watch as it unfolds
Dodging my death
Confident kid I was trying to grow up with the best
Watching my step
Never know college but could find me nodding off always on test-day
I coulda been a great graduate
Woulda got one of those hoes from the Bachelor
Coulda been smart
Coulda been a doctor
Life full of drama, little soap opera
Falling in love, like she woulda caughtcha
Almost got her knocked up, woulda been a father
All about energy, make good memories
I'm the fucking Dalai Lama
Only 18 but I got my own business
Then I got fame like what the fuck is this
Whole bunch of cameras, fake ass bitches
Everyone around wanna treat me all different
Oh I'm cool? Cause I got money
Back in high school none of the hoes was tryna fuck me
I thought it was a conspiracy
Sometimes my thoughts are scaring me
You a parody, hilarity, that funny shit for the parakeets

They, they, they was looking for somebody like me
Big bag of weed and a money heist scheme
Something brand new, wonder what it might be
Coughing off them drugs, moving at a nice speed

If you 18 years and older
18 years and older
If you 18 years and older
18 years and older

I wanna rule the world, take care of my family, and take care of my girl
Plant a couple seeds, blaze a gang of trees
Want to see a rated R movie about me
They said you must be





18 years and older

Overall Meaning

In "Matches," Mac Miller (feat. Ab-Soul) delves into his life growing up, from sneaking around as a young kid to discovering pornography at age seven. He goes on to talk about the pressure of growing up too quickly and dealing with sin as a habit. He reflects on how people often say you only learn as you get older, but he believes that's not true; young people can still learn and have fun. Instead, he thinks they just haven't gotten as "turnt up" as his generation yet. He goes on to discuss his struggles with fame, including fake people and conspiracy theories about why no one wanted to date him in high school.


The song kicks off with Mac Miller's childhood memories. When he was young, he felt grown up, and his mother used to give him a curfew. Still, he would sneak out to play with his friends around the corner. He also reflects on some significant events from his childhood, like seeing his first porno at age seven, which affected him deeply. He then admits to losing his virginity to an older girl at age ten. Throughout the song, he admits to being too young to be doing some of the things he's doing, like smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol.


The song's chorus, "If you 18 years and older," indicates Mac Miller's desire to be seen as an adult. He wants to have control over his life, take care of his family, and blaze "a gang of trees." He dissects the challenges of growing up, dodging dangers and being forced into the roles society expects of him. All these experiences and reflections from his life come together to create the story he tells in "Matches."


Line by Line Meaning

Ever since a nigga had recess
From the time I was young and had recess


Motherfucker felt like a grown-up (Soulo)
I felt like an adult even when I was young


Momma come and bitch about a curfew
My mother used to complain about the curfew


I was still playing round the corner
Even though my mother complained, I was still out playing


7 years old saw my first porno
I was just seven when I watched my first pornographic film


Damn that fucked me up
It had a negative impact on my mindset


At 10 I bust my first nut
I ejaculated for the first time when I was 10 years old


On this older ho gut, but so what
It was with an older woman, but I didn't care


Let's recap, the earth spinning too rapid
To summarize, life moves too quickly


I'm living too fast, sin is a habit
I'm living recklessly and sinning habitually


I can't hack fornicate, act as rabid
I can't handle having sex anymore, I'm acting insane


One bean short of an acid tablet
I'm close to going crazy like someone on a psychedelic drug


Security guards spark my cigarettes
Security guards light my cigarettes for me


The old head go 'head and cop me a brew
An older person buys me beer


Sometimes them Koreans be cool
Sometimes Korean people are cool


These shades make me look 22
These sunglasses make me look younger than I am


They say you learn when you get older
People say you become more knowledgeable with age


I just say that that ain't true
I disagree with that statement


That just means when you was younger
It just means that when you were younger


You ain't get turnt up like us fool
You didn't party like us


Just got L's so I'm riding high
I just received some rolling papers so I'm feeling good


Still in high school but I do
Even though I'm still in high school, I act like an adult


Everything I will do
Everything I'm going to do


When I'm 25, no lie
When I turn 25 years old


I was young with ambition
When I was young, I had a lot of ambition


Fucked around with these hoes
I played around with multiple women


Never needed permission
I never asked for permission


Went and lived the life that I chose
I lived the life I wanted to live


Premonition type visions, see the world as it goes
I have a premonition for how the world is going to end up


Tell them all what they missing
I inform people of what they're missing out on


While I watch as it unfolds
I watch as events unfold


Dodging my death
Avoiding death


Confident kid I was trying to grow up with the best
I was a confident kid who wanted to be the best


Watching my step
Being careful


Never know college but could find me nodding off always on test-day
I never went to college but I would always fall asleep on test day


I coulda been a great graduate
I could have graduated college with honors


Woulda got one of those hoes from the Bachelor
I could have gotten one of the women on the TV show, The Bachelor


Coulda been smart
I could have been intelligent


Coulda been a doctor
I could have become a doctor


Life full of drama, little soap opera
My life is full of drama, like a soap opera


Falling in love, like she woulda caughtcha
I fell in love like she would have caught me


Almost got her knocked up, woulda been a father
I almost got a girl pregnant and could have been a father


All about energy, make good memories
I'm all about creating good memories with positive energy


I'm the fucking Dalai Lama
I feel like I'm the Dalai Lama


Only 18 but i got my own business
Even though I'm only 18, I have my own business


Then i got fame like what the fuck is this
Then I became famous and didn't know what to do


Whole bunch of cameras, fake ass bitches
There were lots of cameras and fake women around me


Everyone around wanna treat me all different
Everyone around me wanted to treat me differently


Oh I'm cool? cause i got money
People treat me well because I have money


Back in high school none of the hoes was tryna fuck me
When I was in high school, no women wanted to have sex with me


I thought it was a conspiracy
I thought it was a scheme against me


Sometimes my thoughts are scaring me
Sometimes my thoughts scare me


You a parody, hilarity, that funny shit for the parakeets
You're just a joke, that funny shit is for the birds


They, they, they was looking for somebody like me
They were looking for someone like me


Big bag of weed and a money heist scheme
I have a lot of marijuana and a plan to steal money


Something brand new, wonder what it might be
Something new, I wonder what it could be


Coughing off them drugs, moving at a nice speed
I'm coughing because of the drugs, but still moving at a good pace


If you 18 years and older
If you're 18 years old or older


I wanna rule the world, take care of my family, and take care of my girl
I want to rule the world and take care of my loved ones


Plant a couple seeds, blaze a gang of trees
I want to grow some plants and smoke a lot of marijuana


Want to see a rated R movie about me
I want to be so successful that they make a rated R movie about my life


They said you must be
They said you have to be


18 years and older
18 years old or older




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, The Administration MP, Inc., Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
Written by: Eric Allan Dan, Jeremy Kulousek, Malcolm James McCormick, Thomas James Fec, Zachary Raymond Vaughan, Herbert Stevens

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