While peppered with innuendos and straight-out NSFW references (“I just eat pussy / Other people need food”), ‘Dang!’ still somehow comes across as sweet and heartfelt.
Mac Miller just can’t keep losing his girl. The old on-again, off-again couple trying to hold onto a broken relationship story isn’t a new one, but it’s beautifully spelled out by Miller, in his crooning-rap delivery. He has total command of his rhymes and melody, and the subtle build up from slow to climax in each of his verses is what makes ‘Dang’! so catchy.
‘Dang!’ follows his last album GO:OD AM only released 10 months or so ago, and is the first taster of his upcoming The Divine Feminine. Miller, real name Malcolm James McCormick, rose to fame in his mid-teens starting in Pittsburgh, to all over the States, to internationally. His sound is part of this latest generation of indie rappers exploring different and exciting sounds, like Childish Gambino, SchHoolboy Q, Vic Mensa to name a few. But his explosion in fame didn’t come easily, with celebrity, drug and youth problems coming hand-in-hand.
‘Dang!’s softly wub-wubbing bass feels like a toned-down deep house track. Add in Anderson .Paak’s gorgeous vocals and the sophisticated jazzy saxophone, makes it lounge music meets hip hop. And at over five minutes long, it’s a song you can really sink your teeth into while reclining on that lounge suite velvet sofa bed.
Based in: Mac Miller – Pittsburgh, US; Anderson .Paak – Oxnard, US.
Upcoming album: The Divine Feminine, out September 2016 via Warner Bros. Records.
Sounds like: ScHoolboy Q, Childish Gambino, Kid Cudi.
Say what? Miller kicked his drug habit with the help of Rick Rubin, like most people obvi, through a cry for help via a drunk dial. He got clean by spending a summer at Rubin’s home in Malibu.
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