Mac Miller has long been one of my favorite rappers, back in the days of of K.I.D.S and Blue Slide Park, his happy rap style was refreshing. Over the years, especially recently he has become my favorite rapper by showing just the kind of range he has in his music with Watching Movies with the Sound Off and his soon to be dropped album GO:OD AM. Mac started rapping at the age of 14, releasing his first mix tape My Mackin Aint Easy under the name of EZ Mac. He later rose to international popularity at just 17 with the release of his mix tape K.I.D.S, then at 18 with his first studio album Blue Slide Park that featured multiple hit singles. It was a little past this time that Mac began a spiral down into drug use, causing multiple things in his life to change,and himself as a person to change. Though now Mac’s songs have a great combination of his two sounds, Watching Movies with the Sound Off was a much gritter, hard hitting album. The beats were generally slower, harder, and his lyrics become deeper and sometimes even sad. Macadelic, his mix tape that appeared between his two initial studio albums is one of my personal favorites. The few songs that have been drooped from GO:OD AM really remind me of this mix tape in particular, and I hope he sticks to it. He combines deep lyrics, mixing in the happy-go-lucky feel I got from “young Mac Miller”, but with hard hitting beats that make you move. Faces, Macs new album truly reminds us of his diversity, it reminds us of the lyrical power he has. Even with the weaker beats on most songs than on his studio’s, he really shines. Whenever I truly want to hear the changes he has gone through as an artist, I listen to “Donald Trump” and then “Watching Movies” back to back. Listening to these it is hard to believe he is the same person, or the same rapper. In many ways he isn’t the same artist that sprung out of Pittsburgh while still in high school. We heard him mature through his songs, what was important to him and what he got off his chest change in his raps. I love where his is at right now, I feel that his 2 distinct sounds and qualities are melded together perfectly. I look forward to GO:OD AM. Until then, I’ll keep listening to “100 Grandkids” on repeat.