Mac Miller – Don’t Mind if I Do Freestyle over Owl City’s “Fireflies”
The City of Champ’s emcee Mac Miller is on the rise. Last month, he became the newest signee of Rostrum Records, a label whose flagship artist is another Pittsburgh native: Wiz Khalifa. Today he dropped a new mixtape, K.I.D.S., and after just three hours he already had 3,665 downloads on DatPiff. Not bad for an 18-year-old kid.
Don’t sleep on him – he may be young, he may have that goofy, high-all-the-time look, but his music speaks for itself: it’s fun and lighthearted, a style that’s severely lacking in the game today.
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His ’09 mixtape The High Life reminds you of your high school days: baking before school, running for class prez, crazy parties spent trying not to piss off the parents, and even those lonely nights kicking it at home. Mac spits the kind of shit that, if you’re past the sigh School age, you wanna bump in your car as you cruise through your old neighborhood reminiscing and, if you’re still of HS age, you wanna bump on the way to a house party.
Check these tracks:
Mac Miller – Class President
Mac Miller – Finer Things
Mac MIller – One of a Kind
The one downfall of High Life however is that it leaves you wondering where this dude is gunna go from here. He has collabos with Pittsburgh dudes like Wiz Khalifa and Boaz,
Mac Miller featuring Wiz Khalifa – Cruise Control
Mac Miller featuring Boaz – 5 O’Clock
And his sound and content are tight. But he lacks the experimentation that you’d want to see in a young rapper if he really wants to make it big. On K.I.D.S., Mac meets these criticisms head on; branching out and testing his music skills far more than he has in the past. Where as on the The High Life, tracks at times blend together, K.I.D.S. has a series of different sounds. Mac kicks it slow in the Pittsburgh style at the opening of the tape. Then he takes the mic low on “Nikes on My Feet” to match the ambient, echoing beat.
Mac Miller – Nikes on My Feet
Then on “Senior Skip Day,” he picks up the pace over a light, sunny beat.
Mac Miller – Senior Skip Day
Faster on “The Spins,” slow on “Traffic in The Sky.” Mac sounds far more mature on K.I.D.S. than he has before.
Mac Miller – The Spins
Mac Miller – Traffic in The Sky
Last thing: check Mac Miller’s videos. If you fucks with the kinda stuff Wiz Khalifa puts out – just him and his boys kicking it, feeling good, sound tracking it with one of his songs – you’ll love Mac Miller’s brand of video. For the most part, it’s him flanked by the crew, living it up and enjoying the music.
Mac Miller – Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza; I like the four banging girls filling up the swing set at 1:57
Mac Miller – La La La La; homies chillen hard
Mac Miller – Nikes on My Feet
Last but not least; Mac Miller – Another Night, off The High Life, straight sounds like a lonely night.
Download: Mac Miller – K.I.D.S.
Download: Mac Miller – The High Life
Throwback Download: Mac Miller – The Jukebox