Mac Miller – ‘Watching Movies With The Sound Off’

Building on his reputation as one of hip-hop’s biggest new names

Back in 2011, Mac Miller’s ‘Blue Slide Park’ became the first independent debut album to hit Number One in America since 1995. Fast-forward to 2013 and Miller is back with an album boasting guest spots from Odd Future duo Tyler, The Creator and Earl Sweatshirt as he looks to build on his reputation as one of hip-hop’s biggest new names. Now in possession of a clearer sense of his own identity, the stoned haze of cloud-rap engulfs Miller’s rhymes as he undercuts the fug with animated lyrics and a keen sense of humour, comparing himself to Eastbound & Down character Kenny Powers and actor David Duchovny along the way. Ultimately, however, it’s hard not to notice that the production outshines the delivery, with Pharrell and Diplo beats topped only by the slick ‘SDS’ courtesy of Brainfeeder boss Flying Lotus. At least it all diverts attention from that naked album cover, mind.

David Renshaw