ARTIST: Mac Miller
TRACK: Objects In The Mirror
GENRE: Hip-hop/Rap, Psychedelic
I’m struggling to find the right words for this review. Mac Miller has been one of my favorite artists since I moved from our hometown (Pittsburgh) three years ago. I remember listening to his first mixtape, K.I.D.S. on the way to school and it being the thing I would look forward to hearing as soon as I got out—as if a little piece of my home was preserved in that disc.
Watching Movies with the Sound Off is produced by a man who is not the same rapper. His flow has improved, with catchier, edgier, more introspective and sometimes misogynistic lyrics; he still raps about smoking weed and partying, but no longer do these correlate to happiness, which he possessed in abundance on his earlier albums. He’s still following the same psychedelic vibes that he started on Macadelic (admittedly my favorite mixtape so far), but these bug-eyed realizations are more philosophical, scarier, darker, sadder.
But it’s a wild ride. Listening to Watching Movies is like skydiving without knowing if your parachute works or not. Older Mac fans will appreciate his growth, and perhaps learn from the questions he is asking himself. Newer Mac fans will appreciate his flow, and embracement of his identity as a white Jewish rapper.
I’m just happy that this genius is still hard at work, spilling the unadulterated contents of his mind to the world, whether they be happy, sad, drug-influenced, clean, whatever.
From one Pittsburgher to another, right on, Mac.
SOUNDS LIKE: Odd Future (but not really), Wiz Khalifa (but also not really), Kendrick Lamar (not really)