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Review: Mac Miller’s ‘The Divine Feminine’

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Most of Mac Miller’s professional career has been a 50/50 split of self-improvement and self-destruction. His 2015 album GO:OD AM marked a monumental shift towards self-improvement. The release of The Divine Feminine is a direct result of his new found love for the world and himself.

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miller has been one of the most intriguing stories to follow in hip hop. He burst onto the scene in 2010 as a goofy, frat-rap star who inspired an unimaginative period in hip hop, overrun with white, college-aged rappers like Mike Stud and Hoodie Allen. In 2011, he released his debut album Blue Slide Park through local label, Rostrum Records. The album was met with mixed reviews and left critics and fans alike questioning whether or not he had “found his sound.” Two years later, the same question shrouded the release of his album Watching Movies with the Sound Off, which found the Pittsburgh native toying with a darker sonic palette, questioning existence and embracing a more meditative approach to drugs.

In 2014 his career finally began to take its shape. He signed a deal with Universal Records, severing ties with Rostrum Records, and dropped his 10th mixtape Faces. In 2015 he made his major label debut with the album GO:OD AM which focused on his emergence as the victor in his battle with substance abuse. Since GO:OD AM he has cleaned himself up, moved back to Los Angeles, fallen in love and created an album celebrating life, love, the earth and women.

The Divine Feminine unabashedly shrugs off the rap archetype and replaces dabbing with waltzing. A minute and a half into the album a flurry of keys and a cinematic assortment of strings swoon and swell while Miller raps about the feelings he once had for his now ex-girlfriend. The mood shifts immediately with an Anderson .Paak feature on the radiant track “Dang!” A few songs later CeeLo Green joins Miller on the quietly groovy “We.” From front to back the album flows in part due to Miller’s neo-soul approach and his nonchalant presence on the microphone.

Similar to all of Miller’s projects, the features on the album are meticulous. On “Congratulations,” Bilal sings a heartfelt outro as a sample of what to expect on the rest of the project. The CeeLo Green and Anderson .Paak features add a certain funk that Miller couldn’t have achieved otherwise. Ty Dolla $ign’s slightly distorted hook on “Cinderella” flourishes with the clapping bass and electric guitar that is looped throughout the background. Finally, the surprise feature of the album is Kendrick Lamar on “God is Far, Sexy Nasty.” On the first verse and hook of the song they trade verses sporadically before Miller lays down a complete verse. Kendrick then knifes through the last hook in a sing song fashion that wouldn’t sound out of place on his 2011 mixtape Section.80.

Mac Miller is in love, with himself and the world and Ariana Grande. He’s never been one to stay within the confines of a genre as evidenced on The Divine Feminine. With the combination of his inner demons behind him, an emerging confidence in his sound, and a clearer vision for his career vision for his career, the best is yet to come from Mac Miller.

by Jesse Wiles

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[WAKE UP] Mac Miller reveals new alarm clock app promoting upcoming album “GO:OD AM”

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The fact that Mac Miller has a new album on the way makes me happy as hell. Faces was one of my favorite projects of 2014 and GO:OD AM is shaping up to be even better. Today, Mac took to Twitter to announce that he has his own alarm clock app to promote the album. He’s the first rapper, to my knowledge, to promote an album through an interactive app which is actually a dope way to get people involved. Look for more rappers to do this in the future. You can download the app via iTunes below.

Download the official app on iTunes.

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Written by Jesse Wiles.

Here’s the complete tracklist for Mac Miller’s upcoming album “GO:OD AM”

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In just two weeks, Mac Miller will be releasing GO:OD AM, his highly anticipated third solo project. The LP will span 17 songs and is chocked full of features. Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q, Future, Chief Keef, Vince Staples, Jhené Aiko, Ab-Soul and more can be heard throughout the project. The album drops on September 18 and you can preorder it on iTunes. Below is the complete tracklist.

Mac Miller – GO:OD AM (Tracklist)
1. “Enjoy the View”
2. “Still Livin”
3. “Cop The Range” (Feat. Vince Staples)
4. “Most Dope Family”
5. “100 Grandkids”
6. “Matches 2″ (Feat. Ab-Soul)
7. “Careful”
8. “Clubhouse”
9. “Martini Mac”
10. “Break The Law”
11. “Dance” (Feat. Chief Keef)
12. “Once More” (Feat. Future)
13. “The Itch” (Feat. Da$h, and Earl Sweatshirt)
14. “BOO! (Interlude)”
15. “Lessons” (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)
16. “Do Your Thing” (Feat. Jhené Aiko)
17. “Long Day”

Written by Jesse Wiles