Stop Everything You're Doing And Listen To Mac Miller's New Album, "GO:OD AM"

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Our favorite high school rapper is back and dropping his best songs yet.

Mac Miller tweeted he went through nine different albums before finally settling on “GO:OD AM” and after listening you can tell why. He opens up with fresh lyrics, old school samples and a unique flow.

The 23-year-old rapper took a different approach to his new album, by incorporating soulful jazz with the bass that modern-day rap is known for today. The laid back, transient beats will mellow your soul and make you sit down to listen. The wordplay is both casual and inspirational. Mac bends clichés and breaks words down, all while using his unique voice like an instrument on the beat. His use of metaphors and similes show that Mac once again has his head on straight.

Mac Miller’s new album “GO:OD AM,” dropped this past Friday, September 18th, 2015, and there is no doubt that Mac is back in full form. This is the 23-year-olds first major label release since signing his $10 million record deal with Warner Bros. Records. The young up-and-coming artist spent the past two years working the highly anticipated album, and let's just say… it shows.

The album features the artists such as Ab-Soul, Miguel, Lil B, Chief Keef, and Little Dragon. Prior to release, Mac tweeted that he went through nine different albums before finally settling on “GO:OD AM." Once you listen to it, you'll know why. He also pooled together a team of high-profile producers, including ID Labs (who Mac has worked with since his first mixtape “K.I.D.S.),” Tyler, The Creator, and Sha Money XL, of G-Unit fame, to perfect the album.Screen Shot 2015-09-23 at 9.51.46 PM

The album starts off with the trancey beat of “Doors”, produced by Tyler, The Creator, who uses piano and strings to give off a dream-like vibe. Mac opens up on the chill beat with the lyrics, “I ain’t saying that I’m sober, I’m just in a better place." The song signifies his reawakening, after suffering through personal issues in the past and struggling commercially for a few years. It is followed by “Brand Name” and “Rush Hour,” which have very jazzy vibes, unlike “Two Matches” and “100 Grandkids” which sound similar to his ‘high school rap’ songs of the past like “Donald Trump."

“100 Grandkids” was the most successful single pre-released from the album. The lyrics focus on his goal to create a family and later shifts to his more selfish wants and desires. He bites the hook from the famed Puff Daddy song,“Bad Boys for Life," for which he had to go to Puffy himself to get clearance. “Time Flies” jumps back into the jazzy vibe, and is in my opinion, the best song on the album.

After listening to the entire album, I can confidently say this is the album of this fall, not to mention it blows away a lot of the summer music too. Mac Miller is back. He has songs to rage to, songs to chill to, and every type of song in between. Definitely check this one out on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify or SoundCloud.

MusicJamie ZaslavComment