Aug. 6, 2018 | Bobby Carter -- There was a shift in Mac Miller's boisterous demeanor as he started the third of his three-song Tiny Desk set. It's the first time he's performed tracks from his new album, Swimming, in front of an audience. On "2009," he rubbed his chin with clinched eyes, looking like a young man who's beginning to crack the code. Backed by a piano loop and a string quartet, he reflected on his journey's peaks and valleys thus far.
Mac Miller is one of my fav artists. I used to listen to him when I went to Pittsburgh. I was introduced to him by a little friend who taught much more than some appreciation for hip hop and rap. He is the blackest white boy I've ever known. But even if you don't usually listen to Jazzy Hip-Hop, or cool Rap, I think this Tiny Desk concert will give you a good idea of what these artists have to offer.
Too often we paint ourselves in a corner (I'm looking at you, Steven!) and decide we don't like something, when what we have done is simply refusing to listen. I will post here sometime about how I got to like Mac Miller and I how I discover that my dislike for Eminem was only due to his freakish resemblance to an ex.
So go ahead, listen to this little sample of Mac's genius. The way he threads lyrics and music. How he sings behind the beat. His cute bravado. He's gone now. One more artist lost to (allegedly) a drug overdose. Such a loss. So enjoy! Enjoy the wordplay and the storytelling.
P.S. Mac dated pop star Ariana Grande and did some cute videos with her: