The untimely passing of Mac Miller still feels like it isn’t real. One of my favorite rappers, Miller’s skills as a rapper paled in comparison to who he was a person. Probably the most genuine person in the industry, you’d be hard pressed to find anyone who disliked Mac Miller. His energy was felt by all who met him and it has truly left a void in the world of hip hop.
In honoring and remembering Mac Miller, I teamed up with my big bro Brandon “Stik” Braxton to give you all a list of Mac’s Top 10 songs.
Stik’s Top 10
10) The Spins
So remember when Wiz Khalifa came out with “The Thrill?” In my mind, this was Mac Miller’s version of that. The song wasn’t meant to be a lyrical display; it was just a fun song that could get any party going back in college.
9) Senior Skip Day
Man as a senior in college, this was a MOOD. Another essential chill Miller song, this was something you could throw on at any time. The lyrics were playful and were memorable, with lines like “Open up the fridge to make some waffles/but no more syrup left in my bottle/Damn, well it’s okay/I top it off with scrambled eggs/Ayy gotta work with watcha got.” Mac epitomized the glass half full personality, even when things weren’t always great.
When people think of Mac Miller love songs, they point to his The Divine Feminine album and rightfully so. But when it comes down to my favorite love song of his, its this masterpiece. I felt every word and its very relatable if, as he asks, if you ever been in love before.
7) Hurt Feelings
One of the most disappointing things about Mac’s death is that we’re being robbed of amazing music. Mac had put all his skills together and put together one of the year’s best albums. One of those standouts was this gem. Mac’s declaration that that he is who he is through and through, no matter the pressure to change up by the world around him was Mac in his purest.
6) Brand Name
I honestly want to include Doors with this entry as that is the true intro to GO:OD AM. With that being said, “Brand Name” is such a dope song with an important message. In a world where everyone is following brands and trends, it’s better to be “handmade”—that is, to create your own lane. Mac was truly a creative.
I’ve always said that GO:OD AM was my favorite Mac album but I could probably make the case that Swimming was the best. He had put together all his artistic talents and made some of this best music. This song is everything that made him a great artist—a great ear, thoughtful lyrics with an unique flow and a melody that comforts.
I don’t think Mac ever really got his respect as being one of the better rappers in the game. Chalk it up to whatever reason you want but it was an injustice in my opinion. Whenever he got into his bag, he would come out the booth with some undeniable heat. Take for example “Diablo,” a song that many point to when they want to show off Mac’s lyrical ability, not to mention Mac produced the song himself as well. The subject matter is dark, admittedly making this song a bit painful these days. Lyrics like “I find Jehovah in the darkest places,” and “Contemplating suicide like it’s a DVD,” are haunting these days.
3) Break the Law
This was in my top two until the new album came out but remains in my top three and it’s nothing to sneeze at. The song is hard and instantly gets me ready for whatever I got coming up. That hook is just fun to recite. Plus, whenever Mac got up with Juicy J, the outcome was normally amazing.
2) Small Worlds
This is probably the best song that Mac Miller has ever created (to me obviously). It’s just the perfect amalgam of elements. It’s a somber song that reflects his flaws, something Mac was never afraid to do. I think that’s what made Mac one of the best artists in hip hop: his honesty. When he was hurting, he let you know. When he was happy, he let you know. It always reflected in his music. Even the things that worried us as fans, those dark places that he would visit and could never ultimately escape from, he was transparent with us. And on this song, he did it again. Adding John Mayer’s undeniable guitar skills takes this song to another level as Mac delivers three reflective verses that make this such a complete piece of art. There is only one song that I hold in higher esteem than this…
1) Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza
Back in 2011, Mac Miller was scheduled to perform at Randolph Macon, my alma mater. I had no idea who the kid was but I was willing to give him a try. I looked up his most popular songs and settled in on this oddly named track. As soon as the track began to play, I knew he would be a rapper I would follow from then out. The lyrics weren’t anything special and his flow was still in its developing stages, but I could tell his genuine love for rapping. Sure, my initial love for this song is due to its iconic status as a symbol of “frat rap” but even as I’ve grown older, it’s still a song that holds a special place in my heart.
Suave’s Top 10
This was extremely difficult. I did a lot of shuffling because its hard to pick just 10 Mac songs! If we were doing a Top 20 I think that’d be easier. Yes, I said 20. Mac got hits! At one point I realized Stik and I had almost identical list. That changed though so here is my Top 10!
Here’s one of my favorite Funk Flex Freestyles EVER as we kick things off.
10. Nikes On My Feet
9. Brand Name
7. Senior Skip Day
6. Self Care
4. Kool Aid and Frozen Pizza
2. Hurt Feelings
1. Thoughts From A Balcony
So I know my list may be missing some of the most popular hits such as “Donald Trump,” “Best Day Ever,” and “S.D.S.” Those were definitely songs I had next in line for that tenth spot! I also definitely could have wrote more about each track but lets say I did y’all a favor and made sure this was a quick read. I will say though “Thoughts From A Balcony” being my #1 Mac song should generate some interesting discussions. Anyways! At this time I would like to take say Happy Birthday Mac! We love and miss you so much. Gone but never forgotten.
S/o to my big bro Stik! Thank you for a great piece. He’s a super talented writer and has published two books. Make sure you follow him on Twitter @Dante_Diable54 . Below are the links to his books. Thank you all for reading.
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