Release date: September 18, 2015 Label: Warner Bros.
Mac Miller’s critical standing reached a tipping point with 2013’s Watching Movies with the Sound Off, when years of mockery waged by the “serious” press underwent a transformation that yielded good will. In truth, Miller hasn’t suffered a professional loss since the turn of the decade. The once-precocious rapper has quietly become a veteran, surviving drug abuse, existential self-questioning, and a show on MTV2 to find a place in the hearts of frat bros, backpackers, conscious heads, and everyone in between.
The quality of his output has continued to climb with the release of GO:OD AM.
With a runtime surpassing 70 minutes, Mac allots himself enough room to take a tour through his suddenly-clear head, bringing renewed perspective and energy to his most far-reaching set of production yet. He explores the facts of life that bring both joy and pain, recounting his bouts with pill addiction on “Perfect Circle”—which boasts one of his most haunting hooks ever and a chilling conversational bridge—and, in contrast, tongue-in-cheek bangers like "100 Grandkids." GO:OD AM is the well-rounded product of an artist hitting his stride.—Alex Siber