Mac Miller obit

Started by WPG, Sep 8, 2018, in Music Add to Reading List

  1. WPG
    Posts: 11,847
    Likes: 22,520
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    WPG sxn80 Rory Gilmore

    Sep 8, 2018
     
    #1
    18
    Trackz, M.I.C., Rodamon and 15 others like this.
    18
    Trackz, M.I.C., Rodamon and 15 others like this.
    May 20, 2022
  2. Mikey
    Posts: 7,774
    Likes: 15,538
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    Sep 8, 2018
    @WPG u ever interview or meet Mac?
     
    #2
    0 0
    May 20, 2022
  3. WPG
    Posts: 11,847
    Likes: 22,520
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    WPG sxn80 Rory Gilmore

    Sep 8, 2018
    i never formally interviewed him but yeah we would run into him around the city. his publicist, w whom he was very close, is a friend
     
    May 20, 2022
  4. Charlie Work
    Posts: 14,879
    Likes: 25,805
    Joined: Nov 28, 2014

    Charlie Work Level 5 Goblin

    Sep 8, 2018
    Good piece.

    Would you say Mac's commitment to making better art came at the cost of his mass appeal? That might sound obvious, but I don't think he was ever as ubiquitous after that turn. Even his major label output didn't reach those same peaks.
     
    #4
    0 0
    May 20, 2022
  5. WPG
    Posts: 11,847
    Likes: 22,520
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    WPG sxn80 Rory Gilmore

    Sep 8, 2018
    i'm not sure. i think mass appeal stopped being his goal, which was good for his art, but i'm not sure the ubiquity of the early days was sustainable –– the stuff that sounds like his 2010-11 work (or sounds like a 2018 version of that) has its audience, but is not as big as it was, you know? for one, album-oriented rap is in a better place; second, festivals/festival culture are as big as ever but are no longer driving popular music (outside of run the jewels lol).
     
    #5
    1
    gdot likes this.
    1
    gdot likes this.
    May 20, 2022
  6. Charlie Work
    Posts: 14,879
    Likes: 25,805
    Joined: Nov 28, 2014

    Charlie Work Level 5 Goblin

    Sep 8, 2018
    Good point. Might've cost him in the short term, but kept him relevant past that mini-era.
     
    #6
    0 0
    May 20, 2022
  7. WPG
    Posts: 11,847
    Likes: 22,520
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    WPG sxn80 Rory Gilmore

    Sep 8, 2018
    i do think The Divine Feminine was him swinging for the fences a bit but it was a style that suited him well enough to the point where, when it wasn't a huge hit, it still sounded like a mac miller album
     
    #7
    1
    Trackz likes this.
    1
    Trackz likes this.
    May 20, 2022
  8. Fitzy
    Posts: 4,673
    Likes: 6,970
    Joined: Sep 8, 2015

    Fitzy New Era

    Sep 8, 2018
    @WPG this is super impressive that you wrote this in only a day. Awesome article.

    I'll admit, I wrote off Mac Miller early on, and thought he was a corny rapper. In like 2015 I started listening to Macadelic, Faces and Watching Movies (I believe it was you and @M.I.C. who were the ones really promoting dude's music). And I fell in love with those 3 albums, then GO:OD AM came out, and loved that one too.

    But, I really thought Mac was reaching another level with Divine Feminine. Like he was really finding his niche and a sound that worked perfectly for him as he matured.

    And I hate to make it all about his music (because I honestly feel Mac was a genuine person. Even though he was smart and creative, he also seemed like a naive and innocent kid)., But i really feel like SWIMMING and Divine Feminine was him JUST scratching the surface to his full potential. I thought this kid was destined for one of the greatest runs in hip hop history. He's one of the very few cases of a rapper/hip hop artist getting better with age.
     
    May 20, 2022
  9. WPG
    Posts: 11,847
    Likes: 22,520
    Joined: Feb 15, 2011

    WPG sxn80 Rory Gilmore

    Sep 8, 2018
    yeah i thought he was rounding into himself on Swimming.
     
    #9
    3
    Trackz, Radeem and Fitzy like this.
    3
    Trackz, Radeem and Fitzy like this.
    May 20, 2022
  10. Fitzy
    Posts: 4,673
    Likes: 6,970
    Joined: Sep 8, 2015

    Fitzy New Era

    Sep 8, 2018
    it's not even to say he wasn't a great, well rounded artist before hand, because I felt Watching Movies showcased so much versatility...

    But I thought he was reaching a totally new level on DF/Swimming.

    It's such a f---ing shame.
     
    #10
    0 0
    May 20, 2022