Mac Miller's 'GO:OD AM' Is No Snoozefest
Rap artist Mac Miller released his third studio album “GO:OD AM” with Warner Bros. Records on Sept. 18. The album has appearances from Black Hippy member Ab-Soul, rap and spiritual icon Lil B “The Based God,” the self-proclaimed king of Chicago Chief Keef and the soulful voices of Miguel and Yukimi Nagano of Little Dragon.
Miller has always been known for his technical flow and relaxed style of rapping, and there is no shortage of wordplay and vibes on the new album. He uses every opportunity to flex his lyrical abilities, which are above average compared to many of today’s rappers, but are not without fault.
There are times in the album where it feels like Miller broke out the duct tape and superglue and prayed that they would dry in time for the album’s release. Weaker lines like “I was a nobody, now my name in they mouth. Came for a steak, but I left with a cow” are hidden throughout the album, but by no means is Miller a weak lyricist.
Ab-Soul is arguably one of the most lyrically gifted rappers in the game, but Miller easily raps circles around him in the song “Two Matches.” Unfortunately, this is the only lyrical match-up featured on the album. Chief Keef definitely brings his A-game on the grim warning track “Cut The Check,” but Chief Keef’s best verse sounds like something Mac Miller might yawn immediately after waking up in the morning. Lil B is also featured on the album, but instead of rapping he simply offers spiritual advice straight from the word of Based God. Thank you, Based God.
Because of the notable lack of features, “GO:OD AM” isn’t as exciting as Miller’s previous album. There are so many capable rappers now that many fans have come to expect these sparring matches, and if a rapper doesn’t engage in them, fans are left feeling let down.
Not only are features important in satisfying fans, they also help the album market itself. The album has no pull factor other than it being “The New Mac Miller,” a statement which doesn’t live up to its implications because there isn’t anything particularly “new” about Miller’s style.
Between this album and Miller’s last release, there is no growth or decline. While it is a disappointment, the incredible amount of variety in Miller’s flow and his choice in production is more than enough to keep fans satisfied for the time being.
Miller is one of the few rappers who can transition from rapping as if he’s a living, breathing dictionary on laid back tracks such as “Break the Law” to spitting as if his life depended on it with harder tracks like “In the Bag” and “When In Rome.”
Miller is not averse to rapping on any type of beat whether it be traditional soul, trap or ethereal. There is practically nothing Miller won’t tackle. There’s something on this album for every type of hip-hop connoisseur. Fans of the joint hip-hop and R&B sound will enjoy Miguel’s feature, while the Little Dragon feature on “Festival” will appease the consumers of the electro-soul sound.
Miller manages to bring disparate sounds together to form an incredibly solid album. He is one musician who still respects the art of hip-hop and is vying for a spot amongst the top performers in the game. For GO:OD AM to only be the third studio album under Miller’s belt, he is well on his way to a very long and successful career.