Mac Miller Is Back From The Dead With A New Video & Album Coming
Mac Miller has shown tremendous range over the last five years. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native MC/producer’s previous album was 2016’s acclaimed, The Divine Feminine. That effort marked the REMember Music founder transitioning further into concepts and depth. The LP dealt with various women throughout the now-26-year-old’s life. Previously, Mac had pivoted from fun-loving teenaged records like the gold-certified Blue Slide Park and a handful of mixtapes into an elite place in Rap circles. Now he’s planning for 2018 to be the year for the release of his fifth solo studio album, and a shift to the super personal.
In gearing up for the LP drop, Miller is giving fans the first song and video from the project. Directed by Christian Weber, “Self Care” takes on a Kill Bill-inspired direction and reveals Mac trying to dig himself out of a coffin. “It’s feeling like you hot enough to melt, yeah,” Mac raps in the opening verse of the track. “Can’t trust no one, can’t even trust yourself, yeah / And I love you, I don’t love nobody else, yeah / Tell them they can take that bullsh*t elsewhere.”
Mac Miller has recently been in the gossip headlines for news that has to do with issues far from music. Back in May, the rapper split with songstress Ariana Grande after reports from the former Disney TV star (who has since engaged to SNL‘s Pete Davidson) that Mac had substance abuse problems. That breakup could be addressed in “Self Care.” “Well, didn’t know what I was missing / Now it see a lil’ different … We play it cool,” he raps. “We know we f*cked up, yeah / You keep on sayin’ you in love, so? / Tell me are you really down?”
The song also includes vocals and writing from Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes and was produced by Nostxgic, DJ Dahi, and Mac’s longtime Pittsburgh squad, ID Labs. The song is off of Mac Miller’s forthcoming album Swimming, which is due out on August 3. Previously, Mac Miller dropped three different songs at once during the time of his split with Grande. After Ariana released the breakup song “No Tears Left To Cry,” Mac made a reply with the loosies, “Buttons,” “Small Worlds,” and “Programs.” All three songs were released on the same day in May.