Posner starts off the album with an interlude saying the album is meant to be consumed alone and with no other distractions. I disregarded that part as I’ve got things to do (I don’t actually have anything to do, I’m just a piece of shit that can’t stay off the Internet for more than two seconds).
The album is mostly about Mike’s father, as well as his good friend Avicii, passing away and him learning to move forward without them. Mike would also like you to know he’s A Real Good Kid, as that is the title of the album.
The whole time I was listening to the album, I was a little sad, and a little scared to be honest, about death in general and thinking about your parents dying is something that will get all the feels going no matter who you are.
I’ve actually been avoiding calling my parents for a couple days now…
‘Cause I’m a piece of shit, it ain’t hard to fuckin’ tellChristopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace
Kind of crazy that we (most of us) have our parents around whenever we need them until one day they’re just not there anymore. While we’re over here being super busy trying to grow apart from them and create our own individual self, they just want to hang out with us from time to time.
We have to separate ourselves from our parents in order to become a complete individual but it’s just that we can’t really prepare for not having our parents around until it actually happens. One, or both, of your parents dying and not being able to just talk to them is something you have to actually experience in order to completely understand it and know how to move forward from it.
It’s a scary thing to have to experience. Maybe that’s the way it’s supposed to be, though. So you can learn and grow. It’s the final lesson life throws at you. That you’re on your own. You always have been, but, it was masked by the safety blanket of your parents.
I highly recommend getting stoned and listening to this album without any distractions. I didn’t do it without the distractions part but I wish I did. It’s also probably for the best if you don’t have anything to do later in the day. You may get a little emotional. On second thought, maybe I shouldn’t have gotten so stoned before listening to the album.
You live and you learn.
Stream A Real Good Kid on Spotify, Apple Music, and Tidal.