Give it up to the album that might have saved Mac Miller‘s career from declining.
Amid breakup rumors between the rapper and pop star girlfriend Ariana Grande, for those that don’t know, Macadelic is the seventh mixtape by American rapper Mac Miller. Released after his debut album, Blue Slide Park, which received negative/mediocre reviews. The mixtape was what Mac Miller described in an interview, as a time in his life where he should stop thinking about what kind of music he should make and just start saying what he wanted to say. He had gone through a depressive state, and went down a dark path following the release of the album to come out with this amazing comeback with Macadelic Remastered. Originally dropped back in March 2012, Mac attacked that thing one more again for a May 4th re-release.
Mac’s lyricism and subject matter is conventionally speaking about trying/describing different drugs, previous flames that have came and went in his life and their impact on him as well as his music. The production is definitely more psychedelic, which can be reflected by the smoothness and lack of heavy bass in a lot of the tracks.
Here is a track-by-track breakdown of Macadelic Remastered.
“Love Me As I Have Loved You” – (SKIT)
This track is just a skit that sets the tone of the album about the different types of love Mac Miller has experienced.
Track number two starts of with a beautiful 15-second guitar solo which sets the scene of the mixtape. The production is quite good and this track serves as the intro to the album. Great wordplay and metaphors
Loud is the most commercially successful track on the mixtape as the video of the track was released on the same day of the original release date. This track seems more of a party track which simpler lyricism and a catchy hook.
Thoughts From A Balcony (8/10)
This track tones the album down from the previous track as Mac Miller raps what’s on his mind. The track has smooth production and Mac Miller has a nice gentle flow as he questions “time”.
Aliens Fighting Robots (9/10)
With an assist from Sir Michael Rocks, the track has an unconventional title and could be a reference to the fight of love. The two artists manage to be in sync with each other. There was some nice lyricism and the production is great.
Mac starts with some great advice “Take Your Vitamins”. The track starts with some storytelling by Mac about a girl he met to smoke with. The track displays Mac Miller’s great storytelling as he raps about the lady who initially gave him his first drug. I definitely like the overall layout of the track and how the lyricism and production compliment each other.
Fighting The Feeling (8/10)
Kendrick Lamar serves as the feature on this track as well as Iman Omari. The track is about Mac Miller fighting off negative feelings and being a good person. Great flow and an amazing feature from Kendrick.
Lucky Ass Bitch (7/10)
Now you know this track is meant for clubs and commercial success when Juicy J is there. The track has Mac seeming more confident. Juicy J provides a great hook and his verse adds to the hype of the track. The lyricism reduces for this track.
The Mourning After (8/10)
Great wordplay on the title. The hook has Mac Miller singing which is conventional in a lot of other projects as well as this. The track details a fight between Mac Miller and a mystery girl. He seems to regret it but wants to try more. A nice track with great lyricism.
1 Threw 8 (6/10)
It starts with a woman stating “What are you afraid of?” repeatedly. The track has Mac Miller rapping about his fears and insecurities. The production is a lot more hard hitting than others.
This track is definitely more upbeat than the previous few. His wordplay is pretty good and the similes/metaphors are great. Cam’ron’s hook is alright but can be seen as a little to simple. However, his verse was quite good. Both artists matches each other quite well.
The Question (8/10)
Weezy F and the F is for feature*. On The track, Mac questions himself and his life. This track has the artists perform on a more poetic way. To Me, Lil Wayne perform better.
Angels [When She Shuts Her Eyes] (6/10)
This project can start to seem boring at this point if you don’t know who Mac Miller is or his style. However, I like Mac Miller so I understand his style. This is another track that sounds more poetic as well.
Another feature from Iman Omari. Finally, a track with more bass and drums and more hard-hitting. The track has a better flow and Mac perform well. Mac spreads positivity on this track.
A nice hook but Mac seems to sing more than rap. It doesn’t bother me as Mac has a more poetic/spoken word flow. He seems to be more open and honest on the smooth slow production. 808s were used little but well.
Casey Veggies and Joey Badass. Definitely likely to be a great track. The hooks is Mac Miller’s voice chopped and he drops some good verses about America but not at the extent of Joey Badass of AABA. Casey and Joey drop some dope verses. I believe Joey murdered it the most.
Fuck ‘Em All (6/10)
The same woman from the intro appears in the project throughout as she has a lot of relevance. A final track to wrap up a psychedelic/808 infused/singing more than rapping mixtape. Nice smooth ending.
This project isn’t recommended for everyone.
Overall, a good save made by Mac with this project to prevent his career from being destroyed.
What did y’all think tho?