A few years ago, Mac Miller was not seen as an artist atop many lists for “best modern rapper.”
No one respected the young guy from Pittsburgh, who first started to make his rap songs to give his friends a fun time and something to which they could relate. Now, at age 23, Mac Miller is regarded as one of the best up- and-coming artists, even though he has been on the rap scene for over five years.
His previous works include “Blue Slide Park” and “Watching Movies with the Sound Off,” which never really exploded on the forefront of the rap game. Now, he has evolved into a new sound with his new album, “GO:OD AM.”
Miller has always been a mixtape artist of sorts, releasing four to date since 2011, but he has always been on numerous features throughout the years. He transitioned from a suburban kid who wanted to make everyone feel good about themselves to the rapper who just wants his music to have a lasting impact for generations to come. This is where “GO:OD AM” comes into play.
In the beginning of the album, Miller lets the musicality speak for itself. He isn’t the type of rapper to yell on every song, or to even overplay his instrumentals. He usually sits back and meshes well with the beat, which is a skill most artists in this genre don’t have. Throughout the album, he never overplays the instruments with raw lyricism, but rather chooses to flow with the vibe, creating a smooth, harmonic beat.
As the album moves along, Miller is growing up steadily through his lyrics. Not all of his songs touch on mature subjects such as investing money, sexual relations or buying homes, but he does have a more mature sound than he did a few years ago. He does have his childish moments, such as on “Two Matches” or “In the Bag,” but overall, he is himself through the entire tape, showing off his individuality.
There aren’t too many features on the album, but they include Lil B, Chief Keef, Juicy J—just to name a few that actually got to appear on the album. In this series of recordings, Miller is able to excel as an individual, before ever having his music tainted with another vibe or feel from another artist.
I would recommend this tape to any young kid or young adult looking for an artist who loves hard beats that don’t overwhelm the instruments. His flow is phenomenal, and he is never overreaching or playing outside of his element. What Miller lacks in lyricism and metaphors, he more than makes up in soft tones and relatable storytelling.