Mac Miller May Have a "Very Punchable Face," but He Is Kind of Awesome
[Editor's Note: Fuck Guilty Pleasures celebrates the over-produced, commercial, artless, lowbrow music that we believe is genuinely worthwhile. Like, among the best music ever.]
In March, Mac Miller put out a mixtape. It is called Macadelic. It features "Ignorant," a collaboration between Miller and Cam'ron. Think about this for a moment. Mac Miller made a song with Cam'ron. Mac Miller. Made a song. With Cam. 'Ron. For someone who unilaterally fucks with everything Killa Cam does, the existence of "Ignorant" was a bomb. As was the existence of "Dig That," Mac Miller's other collaboration with Cam'ron.
If you look around, you'll realize the little egg-faced brat is everywhere. He's on French Montana's Coke Boyz 3, which to a very specific type of hip-hop fan (read: me) might be the best tape of the year. Then his surprised-looking ass popped up on Meek Mill's Dreamchasers 2, which to another very specific type of hip-hop fan (read: not me) might also be the best mixtape of the year. And oh, who was the last independent artist to have a number-one record? Mac Fucking Goddamn Miller. Truth is: I don't hate Mac Miller at all. In fact, I kind of love him.
Most people don't, however. Here's why:
He's a 20-year-old white dude who makes songs about partying and smoking weed, and his target audience appears to be about 12. This annoys people; it reminds them that rap is one of the dominant modes of expression in pop music, and that anyone can, hypothetically, rap (see also: Kitty Pryde and Yoni Wolf).
Overall, the enmity towards Miller seems arbitrary. It's like getting really pissed off at light beer: If you think light beer sucks, just don't drink it. Besides, all the Mac hate skirts around a fairly important facet of his existence: His music is actually pretty good.
Give Macadelic a listen. Just do it. Whether you like him or not, Miller's got awesome taste -- Macadelic features the aforementioned Cam'ron collaboration, as well as tracks with Kendrick Lamar, Casey Veggies, Juicy J, Joey Bada$$ and (holy fucking shit) Lil Wayne.