Would you like some new Mac Miller on this otherwise gloomy Monday? I sure would, so shouts to Zane Lowe and Beats 1 for premiering the new Swimming cut "What's the Use?" alongside a fresh interview.

The track's instantly memorable bass line, Miller revealed, was actually a happy accident and came together after he and producer Pomo had set the song aside to work on something else entirely. "Then Thundercat came over that night and I was like, wait, could you try a bass line?" Miller told Lowe. "Swear to God, that was the first thing he played, like not even checking the notes or anything . . . He literally picked up the bass and that was the first thing he naturally did."

Produced by Pomo with additional production by Dâm-Funk, stream the new track—featuring background vocals from Syd and Snoop Dogg—above and/or below. Though we'll never hear it, Miller also teased that Snoop sent him some "beautiful poetic shit-talking" that ultimately didn't make the final cut.

"He talks a bunch of shit at the end that I didn't up keeping but that I have to listen to," he said.

Earlier this month, Miller shared the official "Self Care" video and the final Swimming tracklist. Though no formal features are listed across the 13-track album, we can probably expect a few more subtle contributions a la "What's the Use?"

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Swimming, which also features the previously released "Small Worlds," is out Aug. 3.

 

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Also on Monday, Miller announced the Swimming Tour featuring special guests Thundercat and J.I.D. The tour kicks off in San Francisco in October and runs through mid-December. Ticket sales begin this Friday. Check the dates:

  • 10/27 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic
  • 10/30 - San Jose, CA @ City National Civic
  • 10/31 - Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
  • 11/2 - Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre
  • 11/3 - San Diego, CA @ Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre
  • 11/5 - Denver, CO @ The Fillmore 
  • 11/8 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
  • 11/9 - Austin, TX @ ACL Live at The Moody Theater
  • 11/10 - Dallas, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
  • 11/13 - Atlanta, GA @ Coca-Cola Roxy
  • 11/16 - Orlando, FL @ CFE Arena
  • 11/17 - Miami, FL @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater
  • 11/19 - Washington, DC @ The Theatre at MGM National Harbor
  • 11/20 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore Philadelphia
  • 11/21 - Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
  • 11/23 - New York, NY @ Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden
  • 11/24 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Petersen Events Center
  • 11/25 - Toronto, ON @ REBEL
  • 11/28 - Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
  • 11/30 - Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
  • 12/1 - Minneapolis, MN @ The Armory
  • 12/2 - Madison, WI @ The Sylvee
  • 12/3 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
  • 12/8 - Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House & Event Center
  • 12/9 - Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater
  • 12/10 - Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum