In honor of prelims this week, I feel like it is a good time for a post about a great song. I know a lot of people aren't big supporters of Mac Miller, but I have a personal favorite by him - Good Evening, which is off last year's mix tape, K.I.D.S. He starts this off with an excellent beat, which is actually sampled off Drake's A Night Off. The catchy background (a sped up version of Drake's bridge) is then thrown behind a great series of lyrics. The entire song is about how he is going to make it in the rap world, not by putting others down, but because he has "invested all [he's] got into these fucking raps." I think this is something different than the dis's and Braggadocio rhymes we are used to hearing. To me, it is a little more respectable. He says, "I don't even need to bring a single gun to war cuz I'm on that shit that they aint even done before," and "you can find me in the lab working over time," implying that he doesn't need to fight off others to be the best, but instead he is going to work hard at it to get to where he wants to be. He creates multiple witty references including Willie Parker, an NFL running back, to represent the idea that the money he has put into his career will ultimately come back to him (which it has, considering this song was written almost two years ago). He references Lewis and Clark when speaking of his travels, the fountain of youth when discussing how young he is for the rap game, the children's book and now movie, "Where the Wild Things Are," when discussing his weed trips. The song is filled with many other great lyrics, I posted the link below if anyone wants to check it out. It is one of my favorites. It is something a little bit different.
Mac Miller- Good Evening