The late Mac Miller passed away at the age of 26, but the Pittsburgh rapper had already left a legacy of iconic songs behind him, found on music streaming services like Spotify. Although he had started out with laid-back hip-hop tracks like “Best Day Ever” and “Donald Trump” documenting his newfound fame, his subsequent discography grew more intense. She never shied away from pouring out her heart while singing about her struggles with romantic relationships and substance abuse.
At the same time, even the softest of his songs somehow ends up sounding comforting. His last two albums, especially, Swimming Y Circles bear witness to this fact.
10 “This is life”: 42 million
Miller’s latest single as a featured artist, “That’s Life,” found producer and rapper 88-Keys joining forces with him and Australian pop singer Sia. Recorded in 2015 but released posthumously, the song incorporates a lighthearted jazz production as Miller introspective on the everyday trials and tribulations in life.
Her first verse tends to be more personal as she delves into her mother’s drug habits to ease her pain. The song resonated with many and turned out to be the 88-Keys most popular single.
9 “Time”: 43 million
Mac Miller and Colombian-American pop singer Kali Uchis collaborated with R&B group Free Nationals for this track. Like many of Miller’s other bittersweet ballads, the song finds the two vocalists embracing the issues of a troubled relationship against Free National’s wonderful instrumentals.
True to its title, “Time” explores the maturity that two partners cultivate in such a relationship as time runs its course. Miller had touched on similar themes on “Dang!” which featured Anderson Paak as a guest vocalist. In fact, Paak and Free Nationals have had a long-standing partnership, with the latter often serving as Paak’s touring band.
8 “Small worlds”: 79 million
“Small Worlds” has a laid-back sound, as Miller raps in a monotonous and lethargic style as he thinks about his flaws. The central issue is that the world is not as small as you thought and that your actions can have a great impact on the world you have built around you.
The song was released as a single along with “Buttons and Programs” after an intense month in his life. Like “Buttons and Programs,” “Small World” was a surprise fall after his highly publicized split with his then-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, and a DUI accident in 2018.
7 “Blue World”: 107 million
“Blue World” is another of Miller’s philosophical tracks from his latest album, Circles. The electronically influenced hallucinatory production was handled by Guy Lawrence, more popularly known as one half of the British electro duo Disclosure. The rapper’s voice is cut and adjusted to accompany the song that sounds relaxing and chaotic at the same time.
Considering the timing of its release, the chorus of “Blue World” evokes a lot of emotion. As Miller sings, “Hey, one of these days we’ll get by. Don’t be afraid, don’t get in line,” adds to the ghostly presence of Miller’s legacy. Hearing your voice quietly in “Circles” almost feels like the artist is speaking directly to the listener.
6 “The Way”: 181 million
The first collaboration between Ariana Grande and Mac Miller came at a time when the latter’s discography was less dark and thoughtful. Her guest verse on the track offers listeners a sound from a more carefree phase in her life, as she continues the themes of Grande’s song that revolved primarily around a flirty and playful relationship.
“The Way” turned out to be a huge success, directing the pop star’s music toward an older demographic. Released in 2013, Miller and Grande would continue to date for three years, which then led to the collaboration that turned out to be “My Favorite Part.”
5 “My favorite part”: 190 million
“My Favorite Part” was released a few days after Mac Miller and Ariana Grande publicly announced their relationship. Naturally, people would have thought the duet detailed their love for each other, but Miller later confirmed that the song was written before their fledgling romance.
According to Ariana Grande, there is only one track influenced by her in The Divine Feminine and it was “Cinderella (Feat. Ty Dolla $ ign.” Even after their breakup and the rapper’s untimely demise, Grande lent uncredited vocals for the Circles hint, “I can see.”
4 “Good news”: 200 million
Circles’ first official single “Good News” offers a bittersweet confession for those who carry the brunt of their flaws. In a way, the song can be seen as a commentary on celebrity culture. In today’s age of social media, social icons and artists are revered to the extent that their followers only wish to see them as perfect people and bearers of “good news.”
Miller delves into his fear of being judged by his fans, as his problems simply make him uncomfortable. This eventually results in you repressing your own emotions. Ambient guitar complements Miller’s soft beats as he raps with his trademark equanimity.
3 “Dang!” – 217 million
The lead single The Divine Feminine, Dang features R&B / soul heavyweight Anderson Paak in the chorus. The song finds Miller looking forward to getting back with his romantic partner, while revealing his emotionally vulnerable side. Although the funk sound is increasingly upbeat, Anderson Paak’s chorus is quite intense.
As Mac Miller revealed in an interview, Paak wrote his “Dang!” verse for people who have passed away. The recurring lyrics, “I can’t keep losing you” surely has dark undertones underneath.
two “Self-care”: 296 million
With haunting lyrics and an equally haunting production, “Self Care” is arguably one of Mac Miller’s most brutally honest tracks. He admits that he has caused a lot of harm to himself and others around him and the song serves as his statement to overcome these mistakes and a wake-up call for those who lack self-control.
The single also produced one of Miller’s most memorable videos. He begins his first verses while buried in a narrow wooden box. As the song’s interlude brings an air of hope, the rapper hits the box and walks out, having achieved his moment of awakening.
1 “Weekend”: 313 million
While “Weekend” has some deep lyrics between its verses, it is largely a jovial party hymn about the longing for escapism. Drinking and getting acquainted with strangers, Miller and featured artist Miguel talk about their weekend plans.
The song is as smooth as it sounds and Miguel is the perfect choice to lead the chorus and outro, given the fact that he has been involved in such relaxed songs about joy (“Come Through And Chill” and “Luke Skywalker” are examples. significant).
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