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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 17, 2020 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 3, 2018 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released March 19, 2020 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 16, 2016 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 18, 2015 | Warner Records

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Mac Miller proved he had swagger with his 2011 debut Blue Slide Park, and then offered some artistic depth with his adventurous, reckless, and overly wandering sophomore release Watching Movies with the Sound Off. Learning from previous mistakes while retaining all that was good about his second LP, this third dispatch from the heart of Pittsburgh adds a slurry and mush-mouthed style that sounds like the confident Miller is now so laid-back, the words leaving his mouth are quite tired from their uphill climb. The great single "100 Grandkids" suggests it is actually a post-junkie style as "I swear to God, I put the 'hero' in heroin" blasts out loud and proud, although there's no doubting the wiser moments on this third album are all post-rehab and even prouder, as the quest for clarity is the rapper's current vice. Big baller "Brand Name" looks to beat the odds with "To everyone who sells me drugs, don't mix it with that bullshit/I'm tryin' not to join the 27 club" as it does the "American Ninja to these obstacles" with one of the numerous beats from the production team ID Labs, who have a newfound love of luminous soul music. Miller is still digging on the dreamy sound of cloud rap and brings in producers Drew Byrd and Thundercat for the heavenly "Break the Law" ("I killed it like Jeffrey Dahmer killed the '80s"), which features Lil B as guest rapper and motivational speaker. Vinylz is the beatmaker for "Cut the Check" where Chief Keef joins for a stoned mix of trap and dub, plus the cut is dropped in the fourth quarter of an album that has no problem reaching 17 tracks. Getting sober and ridding himself of depression are topics that GO:OD AM touches upon, but rather than his past, the "show and prove" Miller is driven by his rebirth on an interesting and infectious LP that's also his strongest to date. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released July 28, 2016 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 18, 2013 | Rostrum Records

After lighting up the suburban weekend night with his fun 2011 debut Blue Slide Park, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller returns with another fun and somewhat filling release, but this light and breezy sophomore effort is more "one to listen to" than "one to party with." Key cut "S.D.S." is the album's magic in a nutshell as cloudy indie electro Flying Lotus production meets Miller's Eminem-minus-the-mania style, and if "I ain't nobody, and neither are you/I'm contemplating if I even believe in truth" is much mumbling about nothing, that's cool, because Miller bases his hotness on how much he looks like David Duchovny during the cut; plus there's plenty of other charming moments like this throughout the album, all of them working to dismantle the tag "frat rap." By the time "Gees" rolls around with ScHoolboy Q, raw electro from producer Chuck Inglish, and some ultra misogynistic "guy talk," it seems the tag of "pop-rap" is bound to be dismantled too, but if the musically adventurous album doesn't give up much for the radio, it is still frivolous, and for some tastes, frivolous to a fault. When indie darling Action Bronson guests on "Red Dot Music," it's a six-minute trip on light drugs with a surprise vision at the end, plus "Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes" is like frolicking in the Beatles' "Strawberry Fields" while boasting "I raw bust inside a vagina like I want kids" and insulting the players with "You and your girlfriend live inside of a duplex." Consider if the worlds of Odd Future and De La Soul collided and everyone was cool that those socially conscious, Daisy Age lyrics flew out the window, but when Earl Sweatshirt joins and offers "Think my bitch don't know me no more/Because every time she sad I can't console her no more," the album gets its anchor as "I'm Not Real" captures the mindset of the heartbroken and the insular. Still, without the hooks or the lofty lyrics, the album seems made exclusively for Miller's fans or those who right-click indie rap mixtape links on the daily. Those audiences should find it an interesting trip, admirable artistic growth, and an attractive, entertaining step in the right direction. Others will likely be flummoxed. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released August 3, 2018 | Warner Records

Following 2016's ode to love The Divine Feminine, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller avoids treading water and continues his artistic maturation on his fifth full-length, Swimming. As flowing as the title suggests, Swimming undulates with laid-back slacker soul and hypnotic production, like a lava lamp bobbing along calm waves. Inspired by events preceding the album's release, Miller's moody and introspective lyrics hint at the post-breakup black cloud hovering above his head, while also addressing his struggles with maintaining sobriety. Coupled with his soulful sing-rapping and input from producer Jon Brion, Swimming is one of Miller's more enjoyable and cohesive visions. Throughout, there's an emo-R&B vibe that strongly recalls Frank Ocean, just with less eloquent or evocative lyrics. Highlights include the popping, Pharrell-assisted "Hurt Feelings," the synth-funk bounce of the Snoop Dogg and Thundercat collaboration "What's the Use?," and "Self Care," a narcotic cloud rap gem that benefits from co-writers Dev Hynes and J.I.D. The woozy production and marble-mouthed delivery can sometimes be a slog (similar to one of Drake's or Post Malone's overly long albums), but every now and then there's something -- be it the surprise jazz piano on "Small Worlds" or the orchestral sweep of "2009" -- that pulls everything back into focus. Licking his wounds after a rough first half of 2018, Miller realizes "You could have the world in the palm of your hands/You still might drop it" on closer "So It Goes." With an eye on the future, Swimming is ample evidence that Miller can pick up the pieces and continue evolving, his grasp on thoughtful, introspective hip-hop getting stronger by the album. © Neil Z. Yeung /TiVo

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 15, 2011 | Rostrum Records

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Throw a joint, bong, or bottle of booze in rapper Mac Miller’s hands and he’ll mug for the camera while taking the party to another level, and if there’s such a thing as slacker hoodie grace, his chalice overflows with it. Think Asher Roth with madder skills or Eminem without spite or baggage and you’ve got Miller in a nutshell, with some extra details being his charming, Pittsburgh-loving attitude along with his affiliation with a killer hometown production team called ID Labs, who help make Blue Slide Park sound like the old-school party rocking with the new school. This blast of college-kid enthusiasm that doubles as Miller’s official debut does come with some slight issues though, and if you don’t feel like poppin’ bottles or mackin’ on the honeys, it seems caught in a redundant loop of wine, women, and bong. Approach it unfettered and Blue Slide Park is like winning the lotto, where all of a sudden “frat” means “Animal House” and “backpacker” means “guy sneaking booze into the dorms.” This kid even has the audacity to grab the “45 Number”/”Let Me Clear My Throat” beat for “Party on Fifth Ave.” and the talent to turn the track into a highlight, plus his hedonism is anchored by daytime playfulness, believable respect (“Thinkin’ bout my people murdered in the Holocaust” comes off just fine), and a true understanding of hip-hop that attracts revered folks like Clams Casino to contribute beats. Miller’s big challenge is that he follows in a long line of suburban college rappers who have thrown up whack mixtapes like they were yesterday’s punch bowl, but this memorable debut steps right around that mess and suggests that the kids are not just all right, but all the way live. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released January 9, 2020 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 1, 2010 | Rostrum Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released November 15, 2011 | Rostrum Records

Throw a joint, bong, or bottle of booze in rapper Mac Miller’s hands and he’ll mug for the camera while taking the party to another level, and if there’s such a thing as slacker hoodie grace, his chalice overflows with it. Think Asher Roth with madder skills or Eminem without spite or baggage and you’ve got Miller in a nutshell, with some extra details being his charming, Pittsburgh-loving attitude along with his affiliation with a killer hometown production team called ID Labs, who help make Blue Slide Park sound like the old-school party rocking with the new school. This blast of college-kid enthusiasm that doubles as Miller’s official debut does come with some slight issues though, and if you don’t feel like poppin’ bottles or mackin’ on the honeys, it seems caught in a redundant loop of wine, women, and bong. Approach it unfettered and Blue Slide Park is like winning the lotto, where all of a sudden “frat” means “Animal House” and “backpacker” means “guy sneaking booze into the dorms.” This kid even has the audacity to grab the “45 Number”/”Let Me Clear My Throat” beat for “Party on Fifth Ave.” and the talent to turn the track into a highlight, plus his hedonism is anchored by daytime playfulness, believable respect (“Thinkin’ bout my people murdered in the Holocaust” comes off just fine), and a true understanding of hip-hop that attracts revered folks like Clams Casino to contribute beats. Miller’s big challenge is that he follows in a long line of suburban college rappers who have thrown up whack mixtapes like they were yesterday’s punch bowl, but this memorable debut steps right around that mess and suggests that the kids are not just all right, but all the way live. © David Jeffries /TiVo
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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 9, 2016 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released May 17, 2011 | Rostrum Records

Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 30, 2014 | Rostrum Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 16, 2016 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 18, 2015 | Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released June 20, 2019 | 1801 Records - Warner Records

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Rap/Hip-Hop - Released September 16, 2016 | Warner Records

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