This song finds Mac Miller rapping about changing and growing as a person.
I'm always sayin' I won't change but I ain't the same Everything is different, I can't complain Don't know what you missin' Shame on you
Rather than remaining stagnant and continuing to battle his demons, the Pittsburgh rapper has chosen to move on and accept his successes. He hopes this hasn't hurt anyone's feelings who think he should remain the same Malcolm James McCormick before he found fame as Mac Miller. The rhymer also addresses those who refuse to personally develop telling them "shame on you."
The song was produced by J. Cole with some additional contributions from Los Angeles-based songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist Jon Brion and British singer-songwriter Dev Hynes, who records under the name of Blood Orange. The track marks Mac's first time collaborating with J. Cole.
Speaking with Beats 1's Zane Lowe about the song Miller explained that Cole sent initially over two beats. They then had a conversation, and arising from that he sent over some tracks one of which became "Hurt Feelings."
Miller added regarding Dev Hynes' contribution that he "was playing this big-ass grand piano, trying to like lay a piano part." The rapper was hating everything he was doing and when Hynes walked in he asked him to give it a try. The first thing the songwriter did was repeat exactly what Miller was doing, which made him think that maybe what he was right in the first place. "And then out of nowhere" he suddenly came up with the piano that you hear on this song.
"St. Elmo's Fire (Man In Motion)" was not written for the movie, but for Rick Hanson, a wheelchair athlete whose 1985 "Man In Motion" tour logged 24,856 miles on his wheelchair in 34 countries while raising $26 million for spinal cord research.