Mac Miller's Swimming

Mac Miller's Swimming

In hiatus since Mac released The Divine Feminine in September of 2016, Mac is returning with what seems to be expected -- an introspective and emotion-filled project that is highly anticipated by a fervent and loyal fan base.

Mac Miller's Swimming

In hiatus since Mac released The Divine Feminine in September of 2016, Mac is returning with what seems to be expected -- an introspective and emotion-filled project that is highly anticipated by a fervent and loyal fan base.

It has been a strugglesome first half of 2018 for Pittsburgh rapper and recent hermit, Mac Miller. Mac, now 26, received a DUI charge back in May that many speculate was partly a fruition of his tough breakup with Ariana Grande -- both of which occurred in the same month. Coincidentally, strife and “bumps” in the road are nothing new to the artist’s creative process. This is especially apparent since his sophomore album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, where struggles with drug abuse and life in general have been explicitly illustrated through his lyrics and overall production of music. Now, Mac’s recent series of unfortunate events have seemed to culminate into a familiar formula for his most recently announced album, Swimming, which Mac made public via Instagram post on July 12th. The announcement was accompanied by a 29-second song snippet: “My regrets look just like texts I shouldn't send / And I got neighbors that move like strangers / We could be friends / I just need a way out of my end,” Mac solemnly sings.

The album is set to drop Friday, August 3rd. Mac released three singles earlier this summer, “Programs,” “Small Worlds,” and “Buttons,” with “Small Worlds” being the only single of the three to make the final cut for his fifth studio album. The same day as the announcement of Swimming, Mac released a video for the additional single for the album, titled “Self Care.” The video is a multilayered-meaning visual of Mac comfortably singing and lighting a cigarette in his own coffin to the flangey/synthesized/melancholy beat at the beginning of the song, to eventually literally carving his way out of his coffin with a pocket knife when the song shifts to a lighter, R&B groove. Mac carves a circle in the ceiling of his coffin along with the Latin phrase, “Memento Mori” (meaning “remember that you have to die”) in the middle of the circle. Mac punches through the coffin, in an allusion to Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2, and emerges from a mountain of dirt piled on top of the coffin, in speculative representation of the personal endeavors in his life currently. You can watch the video below:

In hiatus since Mac released The Divine Feminine in September of 2016, Mac is returning with what seems to be expected -- an introspective and emotion-filled project that is highly anticipated by a fervent and loyal fan base. Swimming by Mac Miller, dropping Friday August 3rd.