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It’s like he never left! The family of Mac Miller has dropped the first single off of the late rapper’s posthumous album, “Circles.” Entitled “Good News,” the track harkens back to Miller’s signature smooth rhymes and melodic tempos. They even accompanied it with a music video featuring never-before-seen footage of Miller. 

Listen to Mac Miller’s “Good News” below:

The video starts with a clip of Miller working in a studio. “Come on guys, let’s see how we do this,” he tells the camera as he heads on over to the recording booth to start his song. The rest of the video then features psychedelic-like imagery that still features the rapper. At one point, he sprouts out of a flower as it blooms under the sunlight. Another time, he appears playing the keyboard as the song goes on. While at another, he bows down to his audience. Ultimately, the video is a mish-mash of various concepts that feature Miller.

As for the song, it has a slow jam impact to it that’s entirely mellow and peaceful. It harkens back to his previous works, many of which featured calm melodies juxtaposed with his sick rhymes. But here, the lyrics, as well as the tempo upon which he’s rhyming, sound congruent to the slow beats. It almost has an adult-contemporary vibe to it with how relaxed and smooth it is. Similarly, it also features an almost-jazzy feel to it which is a technique other hip hop artists have incorporated into their own music. Overall, the single demonstrates Miller’s artistry in mixing unique music.  Lyrically-speaking, the track also strays away from Miller’s more aggressive material. Here, he contemplates having to be patient to “get to the other side” as well as the ever-changing attitude of fans and audiences. “Maybe I’ll lay down for a little. Instead of always trying to figure everything out” he sings on the bridge. While in another verse, it’s almost as if he rants, “So tired of being so tired. Why I gotta build something beautiful just to go set it on fire?”. “Good news, good news, good news, that’s all they wanna hear. No, they don’t like it when I’m down” he sings in the chorus too. 

Miller’s family announced the release of this posthumous record just earlier this week. They also noted that “Circles” will serve as an accompanying album for the last release Miller had when he was still alive, “Swimming” back in 2018.  At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to ‘Swimming,’ entitled, ‘Circles,’ Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle — Swimming in Circles was the concept.” they said on a post. They also shared Jon Brion, who worked with Miller when he was alive, was integral in completing this posthumous album.  “Circles” will drop on January 17, 2020. This will serve as Mac Miller’s final album as well as his first (and probably only) posthumous release. Stay tuned on this space for more updates. 

Image Credits:

  1. Mac Miller Featured Image – EW.com
  2. Rapper Mac Miller – RollingStone.com
  3. Performing Mac Miller – CornellSun.com