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Mac Miller: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Mac Miller play "Small Worlds", "What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)" and "2009" at the Tiny Desk.

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Aug. 6, 2018 | Bobby Carter -- There was a shift in Mac Miller's boisterous demeanor as he started the third of his three-song Tiny Desk set. It's the first time he's performed tracks from his new album, Swimming, in front of an audience. On "2009," he rubbed his chin with clinched eyes, looking like a young man who's beginning to crack the code. Backed by a piano loop and a string quartet, he reflected on his journey's peaks and valleys thus far.

I ain't asking why no more
I know I'll take it if it's mine
I don't stay inside the lines
It ain't 2009 no more
Yeah, I know what's behind that door

With nearly a decade under his belt at 26 years old, these words ring like an artist twice his age.

We were introduced to Mac Miller via 2011's XXL Freshman Class, which featured a special crop of MCs such as Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and YG, all of whom are now considered in the upper echelon of hip-hop. After his big splash, he's been able to find a groove and consistently release quality rap records, ultimately keeping his name in the conversation with the other young greats. His 2011 album, Blue Slide Park, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independently distributed debut album to do so since 1995's Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound. These consecutive triumphs amassed plenty of fame, fortune and insurmountable obstacles, causing a stumble here and there. Throughout the years, however, Mac has brushed himself off and put it in the music.

For this performance, Mac Miller invited frequent collaborator Thundercat, who graced the Tiny Desk last year and will join Mac on tour this fall. Thundercat put on a dazzling shaker routine and played the deep centerpiece bass line on "What's The Use?" These Swimming iterations don't veer far away from the recorded versions, but here, his lyrics seem easier to interpret under live instrumentation.

Set List
"Small Worlds"
"What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)"
"2009"

Musicians
Mac Miller (Vocals), Thundercat (Bass), Justus West (Guitar), Klynik (Keys), Joe Cleveland (Bass), Kendall Lewis (Drums), Robin Fay-Massie (Violin), YaShauna Swan (2nd Violin), Lelia Walker (Viola), Melanie Hsu (Cello)

Credits
Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Beck Harlan, Khun Minn Ohn; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.


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NPR Music

NPR Music . 1 year ago

Read our Mac Miller remembrance, which includes illustrations from the Tiny Desk, here: https://www.npr.org/2018/09/11/646519223/appreciating-the-unfinished-legacy-of-mac-miller

Jackie Chapa

Jackie Chapa . 36 minutes ago

Rip brother u are a legend🙏💞

bonivr

bonivr . 37 minutes ago

12:37

lance lee

lance lee . 2 hours ago

I had a dream last night that I went to one of macs concerts and we became best friends. It was really trippy. Rest In Peace

Adrian Anderson

Adrian Anderson . 2 hours ago

cant help but tear up listening to this. Miss you bro

hjde6332

hjde6332 . 3 hours ago

music is a beautiful th...

beer Happe

beer Happe . 3 hours ago

He allmost seems sober

ScorpioJunior92

ScorpioJunior92 . 11 hours ago

I often catch myself watching this at least every 2-3 months at least once or twice. I have too.

Luis Aguilar

Luis Aguilar . 11 hours ago

This hurts.

Roberto Moreno

Roberto Moreno . 12 hours ago

rest easy Mac, your tunes will live on forever, love and peace.

Luke Anthony

Luke Anthony . 13 hours ago

Best performance ever man he was always so genuine and kind love you brother. see you in gods kingdom🙏🏻❤️ Gods Soldier

dave frye

dave frye . 14 hours ago

mac was a real soulful dude

D'jazz_Fpv

D'jazz_Fpv . 16 hours ago

Love it. Who is this amazing bass player at 6min ? Great player

moon light

moon light . 17 hours ago

I swear every time I listen to this my heart breaks a little more.

240sx95

240sx95 . 19 hours ago

Still find my self ending up here happy or sad

DjRemixhd

DjRemixhd . 21 hours ago

My favourite live set ever! Why do all the greats have to leave us so early 😭rip mac 💚

Haley Mayer

Haley Mayer . 24 hours ago

Watching this feels warm but heavy and that's the best i can describe it.

Adrian Howell

Adrian Howell . 1 day ago

pretty sure approximately 400,000 of these views are from me

Brandon Tizzard

Brandon Tizzard . 1 day ago

Shout out to thunder cat on the shaker

Laila Online

Laila Online . 1 day ago

7:51 everybody SHOOK

Melo3256

Melo3256 . 1 day ago

sometimes sometimes, i wish i took a simpler route. instead of havin demons thats as big as my house.....

Highly Offensive

Highly Offensive . 1 day ago

I cry everytime I watch this and Idc if yall laugh at me. RIP King.

Mang Eduardo

Mang Eduardo . 1 day ago

RIP to the realest one ☝️

Sondra

Sondra . 1 day ago

Fired, right?

RayBop

RayBop . 1 day ago

Back here again. Thanks Mac. Your Music gets me through dark times

narutofan802

narutofan802 . 2 days ago

“You never told me, being rich was so lonely”

Noah Johnson

Noah Johnson . 2 days ago

black napoleon dynamite on guitar

Darnel Potter

Darnel Potter . 2 days ago

11:40 -2009

George gichia tv

George gichia tv . 2 days ago

Small world rip bro this song helped me through a very difficult time

King Ky

King Ky . 2 days ago

Can’t believe they put ads in and interrupt 2009😤😡

Thomas Brown

Thomas Brown . 2 days ago

9:42- Thundercat drops a tasty tidbit of catnip and you can see the keyboardist smile in appreciation.

Patitochannel 397

Patitochannel 397 . 2 days ago

Mac brings me the light from where he is , even when it’s gets cloudy shining the hole 🕳 I have fallen

Hope Kgaogelo

Hope Kgaogelo . 2 days ago

I’m here again today. Chill with you again tomorrow Mac

MENTAL SICK

MENTAL SICK . 2 days ago

Forever vibe

Nhlanhla Dlamini

Nhlanhla Dlamini . 2 days ago

I'm honestly so grateful I got to see him perform live, Mac you inspired so many people and your fans will preach your legacy... That's a fans promise... Our promise

Scottie Bradley

Scottie Bradley . 2 days ago

2009 always still gives me chills

LAST FAIRY

LAST FAIRY . 2 days ago

Love it!.. <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Michael Galarneau

Michael Galarneau . 2 days ago

if this is whats playing in heaven i cant wait. Aslong as i have him and Anderson .Paak im happy

Car Guy

Car Guy . 2 days ago

Watching this video has become part of my daily routine. Mac truly helped me get through some of my hardest times. Rest easy Mac

Arthur Bennett

Arthur Bennett . 2 days ago

He was the future of hip-hop

NorthManSmash

NorthManSmash . 3 days ago

Can't put into words how much i miss this dude without twisting my soul apart. A true spirit im saddened i never got to meet in person

Weak Tolerance

Weak Tolerance . 3 days ago

Wow, how did I discover this just now? Rest peaceafully Mac, now you got kool-aid and frozen pizza all day man. Go ahead and make God smile like you did to us all!

Matthew Perry

Matthew Perry . 3 days ago

I listen to him every day and his music always gets me through one more day. mostdopethatsforever!!!

Tobias Hock

Tobias Hock . 3 days ago

This guy brought me to tears last night. I hadn’t cried like that since my childhood, sadly not even when my grandparents died. This guy was special.

Sedona Holt

Sedona Holt . 3 days ago

Such an angel

FROSTY LOVE

FROSTY LOVE . 3 days ago

wish there was a heart button for this, rest easy Mac

Lillie Robertson

Lillie Robertson . 3 days ago

I’ve watched this hundreds of times and now all of a sudden there’s 3 ads playing in the middle of the video that were never there before it’s kinda upsetting. One of them comes in the middle of and interrupts Mac’s last song 2009

pablo garcía

pablo garcía . 3 days ago

This version of what's the is way better than the studio one! Love it!

nicky

nicky . 3 days ago

miss you everyday mac <3

Patrick Masters

Patrick Masters . 3 days ago

Really sad that they put ads on this video :/



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