The past couple years have been a journey for Mac Miller. Transitions in livelihood and your personal life are difficult, particularly when both are constantly under a microscope.
Primarily a mixtape rapper from Pittsburgh, Mac Miller, struck a chord with his cult following when he released his first album, Blue Slide Park, back in 2011. The record was good enough to get him on the cover of XXL for their XXL Freshmen addition, a collection of the finest up and coming rappers for that specific year.
He then struck gold with his next record, Watching Movies with the Sound Off in 2013. He recruited some big names in the rap industry, Action Bronson and Schoolboy Q for that record, and it received a better reception than his first one. After a couple albums and a few world tours, Mac Miller was a lock for an extended career with this much success in this kind of brief span of time.
Nonetheless, his seemingly overnight success was handled by Mac Miller just like any 21-year old would, he didn’t.
He became overly reliant on drugs and alcohol, and became addicted to a drink known as “lean” a mixture of promethazine and codeine, a popular drug of choice in the hip hop community. Miller released Watching Movies with the Sound Off in 2013, and then disappeared for a couple of years to get control of his personal life.
Needing to rally in a big way, GO:OD AM was dropped by Mac Miller with lots of subliminal messages. The record was the most well received to date, and a cleaner, sharper rapper was the product of the brief lay off for Mac Miller. Hits like “100 Grandkids” which chronicles Mac Miller becoming rich so quickly while trying to stay mature, and “Weekend” ft. Miguel which tells the story of simply surviving the week to get to the good times the weekend offers, made his third studio album his best one to date.
The revival continues as Mac Miller recently announced a tour as well as the title of his new record with exactly the same name. The tour will start a month later in October. Mac Miller is also making an appearance on Saturday, October 1st at the highly anticipated Meadows Music and Arts Festival going down the first weekend of October.
He released the first single off of Divine Feminine and if it’s an indication of what the remaining part of the album will sound like afterward Mac Miller fans should be excited.
The track is titled, “Dang!” and it features the next prodigy in the music industry, Anderson .Paak.
During his time off, Mac Miller has appeared to have located what he was looking for: his sound. The rapper looks considerably more comfortable being himself and his music has gained from it.
Find tickets at The King Of Tickets here to the Divine Feminine Tour to see Mac Miller put himself back on the map!