49.Mac Miller-Watching Movies with the Sound Off
I'm still having a hard time processing that Watching Movies with the Sound Off
was made by the same guy that made songs like "Party on Fifth Ave" and "Donald Trump" just two short years ago. Mac Miller wanted to prove that he has evolved as an artist and he did so in a big way by improving every single aspect of his music. Miller's lyrics are far sharper than before with a lot of clever worldplay and legitimately amusing punchlines, as well as some surprisingly introspective tracks that look at his thoughts on fame and mourning the loss of one of his best friends who committed suicide ("The Star Room", "ReMEMBER"). The production choices are also unlike anything he's ever done before. Miller himself handles about half of the production while the other half is handled by such heavyweights as Pharell, The Alchemist, Clams Casino and Flying Lotus. The sound is mostly low-key and trippy with occasional bursts of flash on bangers like "Bird Call" and "Watching Movies". Miller still has a little bit of ways to go in his reinvention as an artist as he occasionally returns to his frat-boy roots here, but Watching Movies with the Sound Off
is a great jumping off point for the rest of Miller's career.