Saturday, July 27, 2013
Mac Miller w/ Earl Sweatshirt, Chance The Rapper, Vince Staples and The Internet
A protégé of sorts to fellow Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller was able to translate his massive online following into real record sales last year with his commercial debut, Blue Slide Park, which shocked spectators by debuting at number one on the Billboard charts—a virtually unheard of feat for an independent rap album with no outside guests. That success was greeted by plenty of hair-pulling from rap’s old guard, which remains leery of the white rapper, dismissing him a hip-hop Justin Bieber (comparisons made easy by Miller’s intense young fan base). Unlike past frat-rappers like Asher Roth, though, Miller never plays his background off as a shtick; he just kicks agreeably mellow, good-natured rhymes about dreams and partying. This year Miller released his druggier, more introspective follow-up, Watching Movies with the Sound Off. He’s joined on this bill by Odd Future rapper Earl Sweatshirt, who will release his first album next month, and by Chicago’s Chance The Rapper, whose jazzy, vibrant Acid Rap mixtape ranks among the year’s best rap releases.