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EDITORS’ NOTES

On “Hurt Feelings,” the second song from his fifth studio album, Swimming, Mac Miller raps, “I paid the cost to see apostrophes, that means it’s mine/Keep to myself, taking my time.” The Pittsburgh-born MC has always been clever; on Swimming, he's also direct—particularly about the distance he’s kept from the public eye following a high-profile breakup and other troubles. But this isn't a breakup album; Miller says Swimming is a more complete picture of his life. “I'm just talking about things that I'm proud of myself for, things I'm afraid of, or things that are just thoughts and emotions,” he told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “And I'm like, 'Why is this interesting?'” That same curiosity is freeing for Miller, who leans further into the singing he displayed on The Divine Feminine. Production-wise, he’s riding ultra-funky basslines courtesy of Thundercat and an altogether jazzy and danceable set overseen by producer Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple).

EDITORS’ NOTES

On “Hurt Feelings,” the second song from his fifth studio album, Swimming, Mac Miller raps, “I paid the cost to see apostrophes, that means it’s mine/Keep to myself, taking my time.” The Pittsburgh-born MC has always been clever; on Swimming, he's also direct—particularly about the distance he’s kept from the public eye following a high-profile breakup and other troubles. But this isn't a breakup album; Miller says Swimming is a more complete picture of his life. “I'm just talking about things that I'm proud of myself for, things I'm afraid of, or things that are just thoughts and emotions,” he told Beats 1 host Zane Lowe. “And I'm like, 'Why is this interesting?'” That same curiosity is freeing for Miller, who leans further into the singing he displayed on The Divine Feminine. Production-wise, he’s riding ultra-funky basslines courtesy of Thundercat and an altogether jazzy and danceable set overseen by producer Jon Brion (Kanye West, Fiona Apple).

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About Mac Miller

Coming on the scene with a throwback style that betrayed his years, Pittsburgh-based rapper Mac Miller had just turned 18 when he spent 2010 making his name through mixtapes and video-sharing websites. Born Malcolm McCormick, Miller first used the alias "Easy Mac," a name referenced on his debut mixtape, 2007's But My Mackin' Ain't Easy. His KIDS mixtape became his breakthrough when it was released in August of 2010, earning plenty of attention from hip-hop blogs and landing Miller a recording contract with Rostrum Records. Rostrum released his debut EP, On and on and Beyond, and his debut album, Blue Slide Park, in 2011. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. His seventh mixtape, Macadelic, arrived the next year, featuring appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Juicy J, Cam'ron, Lil Wayne, and more (the set was later remastered for a spring 2018 release). The more experimental effort Watching Movies with the Sound Off followed in 2013, with left-field hip-hop names like Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, and Flying Lotus lending a hand. A year later he signed with Warner Bros. and launched his own imprint, REMember Music, under the major label. GO:OD AM followed in 2015 with Lil B, Chief Keef, and Miguel on the album's guest list. Just a year after GO:OD AM ascended to the Top Five of the Billboard 200 and Rap charts, Miller returned with his fourth LP, The Divine Feminine. The album featured contributions from guests like Kendrick Lamar, Cee Lo Green, Robert Glasper, and Anderson.Paak, who lent his soulful rasp to first single "Dang!" ~ David Jeffries

HOMETOWN
Pittsburgh, PA
BORN
January 19, 1992

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