This was my first time listening to a Mac Miller album, and I was pleasantly surprised by this kid. He isn’t the stereotypical, gimmicky white-boy rapper who I thought would treat rap music like a comedy sketch; this kid can actually RAP. Besides the word-of-mouth hype from various Facebook friends, I was drawn in by the great guest features on this album, and I found that Mac could keep up with all of them bar-for-bar. He’s got a good range of flows to roll with; he can rap the slow flow with clever rhymes and wordplay, or he can do the fast flow while maintaining good rhyming levels. He does seem to have a limited vocal range though, which especially shows on a couple songs where he tries singing. I think these few songs with Mac singing are the only weak links to the album though.
This album has a lot of fun rappidy rap type of songs about nothing in particular (I guess there’s a general theme of being high and happy), but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. It’s fun listening to Mac rhyme with all these guest features and just rap for the sake of rapping. He does try to get deeper on some tracks, but the lack of charisma in his voice just doesn’t keep my attention on those type of songs. Overall it’s a good rap album; Mac Miller shows that while it’s still uncertain how his legacy will go down in rap history, he can at least hold his ground amongst some of the newer big names in hip-hop.
My Grade (based on how well I connected with it, no disrespect if your experience was different): B
Come back to my blog tomorrow to see which album or mixtape came in at #20 on the countdown!