Acceptance is one word that that comes to mind from Mac Miller’s latest project, Swimming. Understanding one’s self is a tough pill to swallow, even tougher than the Xanax’s all the kids have been downing as of late. Being yourself and accepting all the flaws is a win for most of us. With the jazzy tunes and the conscious rhyming going hand in hand, Mac Miller touches the mind and souls of his listeners.
The state of Hip Hop is always changing. Lately, there’s been an onslaught of youngsters taking over the scene mumbling over trap beats becoming internet famous. A trend set by veterans as of late, creating music with meaning and a message. Rappers just aren’t rhyming over beats anymore to receive rotations. With streaming allowing listeners to hear what they want when they wat, it’s allowed artists to not rely on a “radio single”. The stigma behind radio songs is that it controls what gets attention. Thankfully intellectually meaningful tunes receive their needed rotation and can be discovered by simply searching from a mobile device.
Swimming updates us on the maturity possessed by Mac in his art. Growth, the act or process, or a manner of growing; development; gradual increase.
Emotionally we swim with Mac Miller’s feelings about himself. There were a few hints in the prior project, Devine Feminine back in ’16. Assessing the ideas that come to mind and developing the elements to create an intricate project following a theme of feels. Serving as a reminder of creativity in rhyming thoughtful words over a good time will still serve purpose. Perhaps it took his relationship with singer, Ariana Grande, to help him reach the depths of himself. In breakups, people usually find the missing pieces to themselves and rediscover passions at new places.
Honestly imagining the process of creating the manuscript for this project is deep. The love for the music is felt. There hasn’t been a lost step in who Mac Miller is, especially during such inept times in the industry. Trends come and go and since debuting in 2009, Mac Miller remains in touch in his process. Allowing listeners to join his conquest in the rap game and leaving his print in the genre.
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This album highlights Mac Miller as a rapper and a creative artist. Sing along choruses without the use of major features. Playing the role of swim coach while we take laps with him. A few background vocals from the likes of Syd (from The Internet, OFWGKTA), Thundercat, and Snoop Dogg. Even some help on the guitar from John Mayer and Thundercat’s hypnotic bass. However, Mac Miller manned this ship alone with just a bit of assistance. Using a creative drive to allow us to listen and vibe within his mind.
“I may trip, but never fall” – Small Worlds, Track 8 off Swimming.