|Mac Miller: New, Talented, Potentialful. Is that a word?|
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“Who is this fool riding a mobility scooter on stage?”
That was my first thought upon seeing rapper Mac Miller perform his hit “Party On 5th Avenue” at MTV’s New Year’s Eve celebration. I was too busy ranting to my younger sister to actually listen to the song and passed him off as a one hit wonder. However, I am a proponent of second chances and decided to find out more about this Mac Miller character. Often compared to rapper Eminem for their similar skin complexion, Miller’s style is mellower and is closer to that of former college stoner rapper Asher Roth.
In order to find out more about this artist, we will explore Mac Miller’s “deep” side and look into the video for his latest single “Of The Soul”.
The instrumental to “Of The Soul” is the type of track that can instantaneously put you into a blissful state of mind. It starts out with gentle clapping reminiscent of and proceeds into a piano melody that gives the track an old-school feel. From there it transforms into something a little heavier than what would fall into the Europop/trance category, but is still chill enough to allow a zen moment. Whoever produced this tracked deserves a gold star for capturing the trance-like state consistent with soul-searching and for being the force behind this song.
|Must be cold in that room...|
At this point, I was ready to don my “I heart Mac Miller” shirt …until I listened to the lyrics a second time. After looking over the lyrics, I was really confused. The entire song seemed to be a jumbled mess of phrases not really telling a story. I was hoping he was being clever and was utilizing the stream of consciousness writing style to fit with the title. Sadly, after viewing the lyrics from his other songs, I realized I gave him too much credit. Instead of taking the opportunity to weave together a cohesive story, he falls into the trap that many mainstream artists do and fills the song with empty lyrics. There are a few clever references and word play , such as the line “ Got some soul like de la do”, that nods to hip hop trio De La Soul, but you have to search for it. Immature and tired content matter of sex, booze, haters, and weed drag down a song that could have unveiled a small part of Mac Miller’s mind. Now, everyone loves a good reckless party song, but lines like “Lookin' for a scary bitch that I can pop her cherry pit” does not exactly fit in with what one would assume is the theme of the song. Variety is the spice of life and it would be nice to hear something besides a mindless party songs and tales of ill-fated lovers on the radio.
|Mac Miller likes to share.|
|No disguises necessary. Seriously.|