Thursday, Mizner Park Amphitheater will play host to the young rap anomaly Mac Miller on his extensive college tour down the East Coast. Rolling off the release of a number-one Billboard record last November, Mac is bringing the steady buzz of his new mixtape, Macadelic, to South Florida's bassheads.
Although not even of legal drinking age, the hip-hop newcomer from Pittsburgh has been making waves since 2010 by employing juvenescent lyrical content and an uncanny ability to partner up with some of the bigger names in the industry. To get ready for the show, here are some of the better collaborations the Mac has put down on his short rise to becoming a household name.
Much like half of the Best Day Ever mixtape, this track was produced by ID Labs and features Mac's fellow Pittsburgh native and mentor, Wiz Khalifa. The laid-back smoker's anthem dances around thoughts of West Coast living and the stress-free perks of newfound stardom. Although Wiz doesn't roll out a verse, his surprisingly good baked-out singing on the hook was an early nod to the up-and-comer.
Coming out the gate with a fluid flow that earned him a spot among the best rappers to ever represent D.C., Wale sets the pace on this grooving Dom Cannon beat. Mac takes over on the hook and drops into a few solid bars that shout out the DMV and his collab mate before punctuating the one-two verse punch with the closing sentiment of "not giving a fuck."
"Fight the Feeling"
Kendrick Lamar and the Black Hippy clique are quickly becoming the formidable champions of the new rap era, so it makes sense that his verse gives this track the proper push it needed to be the best the mixtape has to offer.
Also coming from the mixtape, this team-up with Dipset's leader Cam'ron is a departure from Mac's signature party-rap delivery. The dark beat is the foundation for a grittier display that totes the refrain, "I got that Mac with me." Something tells me Killa Cam wasn't referring to Miller on this moody Big Jerm instrumental.
It's hard to go wrong with the production genius of Big K.R.I.T. matching wits with the lyrical finesse of Harlem's Smoke DZA. All Mac had to do was show up for this one, and he does on both the catchy hook and leading verse.
"The Macadelic Tour" featuring Mac Miller, the Cool Kids, and the Come Up comes to Mizner Park Amphitheater, 590 Plaza Real, Boca Raton, Thursday, April 19. Tickets cost $30. Gates open at 6 p.m., show at 7 p.m.