The release of Mac Miller's new album was highly anticipated-- but, like all albums eventually do, it leaked, and the fans of the stoner rap-boy fan got to hear the long-awaited album before its official release date of June 18th. Or, tomorrow.
Mac Miller's new album is so much better than anything he's ever done. It's a slow mix of stoner rap-- he's still the kid from Macadelic--which was, on its own, a great mixtape, but full of semi-stupid songs and the dumb, childish allusions of a kid recently discovering fame. Though Watching Movies With The Sound Off still has drops of "fuckin' these hos," and "suck my dick," it shows Mac grew a lot since the release of Macadelic.
Watching Movies With The Sound Off is finally creating its own distinct sound-- something, I think, that Mac had been searching for with his previous mixtapes and singles, which, although good on their own, sort of sounded like most other things you could have heard around the time.
The record is different-- good different. The featured collaborations with artists like Earl Sweatshirt, Ab-Soul, Action Bronson and even Tyler, The Creator add a whole new sense of maturity to the record.
"Loud" was a great single-- but, like "Knock Knock" and "Frick Park Market," it was dumb after a few listens-- it had a great beat but no reason. The new album is just better-- a relaxing mix of great beats, stuff to walk around to. It's slow-- but a good kind of slow. It's rhythmic. It has better meaning, more substance. It's creative-- a lot more creative than anything Macadelic showed.
It also seems to push Mac back a bit-- in this, he's no longer a bragging kid stepping into riches (though he still brags like a kid stepping into riches-- but with this record, it's more justified. It's more realistic), but a slightly taller, a more balling Mac Miller who has found the right sound to produce the music that is his own. Obviously, it's still the same guy-- just a little more grown up (sort of), with a better way of expressing it.
It asks (and partially answers) an important question: who the fuck is Mac Miller?
Must hear: Matches, Watching Movies, Objects In The Mirror, Suplexes Inside of Complexes and Duplexes
My friend Dom also reviewed this album here.
Stream the album here.