Starting with the minute-long, dreamlike opening track “Doors”, Mac Miller’s newest LP, GO:OD AM, is a pleasant mix of the smooth, slower vibes of its predecessor Watching Movies With the Sound Off combined with Mac’s original, upbeat rap style. Possibly a metaphoric re-awakening after his last album received mostly moderate and negative reviews, this latest record reestablishes Mac’s position on the spectrum of young, developing rappers.
As the third track on the album, “Rush Hour” delivers an attractive hook placed over a 90’s-style west coast hip-hop beat sure to make even Mac’s biggest critics move their heads in rhythm. Throughout the song, the Pittsburgh-native preaches honestly about his intentions in the rap game as well as the change it has had on his life throughout the past six years, all while flawlessly adhering to his distinct Mac Miller flow. In his reflection, “I started making money in 11th grade, soon as I learned that the more you do the less you wait; got a bigger crib always use the extra space, shit was so different in 2008,” it is clear to the listener that Mac has always had intentions of reaching fame and that today he still enjoys the stardom more than ever.
On a similar note, the fan-favorite of the record, “100 Grandkids” is another tribute to his rise to fame. Immediately after an unsuspecting game show style entrance, the Eminem-reminiscent beat-drop leads Mac to once again reflect on his changed personality (or on second thought his maybe not-so-changed personality). From his claim, “When I first made a hundred grand, thought I was the shit; when I first made a hundred grand, thought I was a king,” it seems like Mac admits his arrogance and has mild regrets towards his past attitude; however, shortly after he tells us, “Tell me what you want to be, what your dream is; hundred G’s in my jeans, I’m a genius.” His self-promoting nature is clearly still present in his lyrics, a trait that has always been Mac Miller-istic from the beginning. Arrogant or not, one thing is certain: with his latest album, Mac Miller certainly supports his claim as a talented artist.
With contributing features from many big names such as Miller’s friend, the recurring Ab-Soul, as well as the almost-forgotten Lil B and Chief Keef, Mac pleasantly surprises his fan base with GO:OD AM, both with his style and his lyricism. Despite the difficulties he had endured due to becoming widely popular very early in his career, his latest LP makes it seem that Mac might be back, and that he might be back to stay.