And then I remembered the magic
Forgot that you can't plan it

from Macklemore – The Magic Lyrics on Rap Genius

Meaning

At the beginning of the song, Macklemore’s producer, Budo, creates a beat that Macklemore finds ‘distorting,’ but after a few tweaks, Macklemore finds the beat to be worthy of rapping with. With his opening 2 lines, he is saying that he was trying to force inspiration to happen, but then he remembered that there is some sort of magical force that inspires you to make good music, and that it can’t be planned or forced, it just happens when you least expect it or intend for it to happen.

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