I couldn't write Miller’s Mix articles and not include one about Malcom McCormick himself, my personal favorite artist, the late Mac Miller is one of the most versatile rappers in the game. With a song for absolutely every mood, both on streaming platforms and SoundCloud/YouTube, he is a man of the people. It is incredibly sad that he is not here to join the continuing evolving music scene today, though I know he would be proud of how far it has come. With that said, it would be even more of a shame to not shed light on the works he left behind.
Malcom James McCormick’s classic phrase, “92 to infinity” spawns from the year he was born, 1992. On January 19th to be specific, making him a Capricorn on the cusp of Aquarius season. A Pittsburg native he joined the hip-hop scene in 2007, and signed to Rostrum Records in 2010, that year spawning the classic album, “K.I.D.S” (Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit). Shortly after in 2011 he released Best Day Ever, and then his first studio album “Blue Slide Park”. This album became the first independently distributed debut studio album to chart on the Billboard 200 since 1995. This truly marks Mac as a great from the beginning, bringing in an incredible amount of attention for an independent debut. Since then, he then dropped “Watching Movies With The Sound Off”, and then left Rostrum Records to Join Warner Bros. Records in 2014. With WB, he released four albums from 2015-2020, all with unique sounds, features, and meanings that not only spoke about his life, but words that apply to others as well. These projects are some of his most iconic, yet his mixtapes, including the iconic “Faces”, “But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy”, and “Macadelic”, and memorable as well.
Above is a short history of Mac’s music, though some of my favorite tracks of his come from pseudonyms he used to release. From Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival, “You” is a jazz album showing off Miller’s versatility in genres. He even features on his own songs as Delusional Thomas, my favorite of which being “My Grandpa Used to Carry a Flask”. Under the name Mac Miller, my top tracks include Diablo, off of “Faces”. It may as well be my favorite in fact, as I even got a tattoo for the song. Off of “GO:OD AM”, Ascension brings me to another planet. And Outside off of “K.I.D.S.” is the perfect song for driving on a sunny day. If you’re in the mood for a dramatic change of pace when it comes to live vs recorded, The Question (Live from Space vs Macadelic), are both 10/10, and it’s insane how different the same song can sound. A master at features as well, his verse on Day’s Before with Young Thug and Trippie Redd is a top contender for me. As well as Time, with The Free Nationals and Kali Uchis.
To be honest, I could go on and on about what Mac’s music has done for my life and the endless amounts of music he gave us in his lifetime, though I feel like I have touched on some of my favorites and the most prevalent. If you haven’t already explored his discography, I highly recommend you do so immediately, as it is never too late to enjoy him and his life posthumously. I will forever be grateful for the emotions given while paying his tracks, and the friends made through our mutual love for the rapper. I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite quotes from the song Small World, off his last project before his death, Swimming. “Keep your eyes to the sky, never glued to your shoes.”
Rest in Peace to The Most Dope