- Summary: The second release for the Pittsburgh rapper includes guest appearances from Ab-Soul, Action Bronson, Jay Electronica, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt as well as production from Flying Lotus and Pharrell Williams.
- Record Label: Island
- Genre(s): Alternative Rap, Pop-Rap
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Jun 24, 2013While Watching Movies with the Sound Off lacked that strong single to support the album’s release and the young Mac still has time to fully develop the direction in which he proceeds from at this point in time, the Most Dope spitter crafted a cinematic achievement that is definitely most dope.
Jun 19, 2013Whatever adolescent deficiencies Mac Miller dealt with throughout his prodigious rise as Rostrum’s second brain child, Watching Movies With The Sound Off genuinely keeps him grounded for a calculated performance that will earn him the respect he’s craved since his Easy Mac days.
Aug 19, 2013"Who the is Mac Miller?". These are the words ushered by battle rapper Loaded Lux on WMWTSO. Over the past 2 years or so, many of his fans"Who the is Mac Miller?". These are the words ushered by battle rapper Loaded Lux on WMWTSO. Over the past 2 years or so, many of his fans and music listeners in general have asked the same question. The question is posed as a mainstream Hip-Hop diss veering towards 'You're not popular', however I interpreted it as 'Where are you going stylistically?'.
Mac's second studio album shows us maturity, both in his music and as a person. Mac elevated himself in every regard on this project, and I would like to break down how.
Production: This is probably the highlight of the album; the instrumentals, vocals and placement of the songs.
Mac enlisted the help of some pretty powerful names, from Pharell, to Chuck English, SAP (the genius behind 'Donald Trump') and FlyLo. Just play the first 10 seconds of each song, and you will hear for yourself the variation. You have sentimental, deep feeling tracks such as 'REMember', 'Objects In The Mirror' & 'Someone Like You'. Fast paced, lively boom-bap sounds such as 'Gees', 'OK', 'Watching Movies', 'Goosebumpz' & 'S.D.S'. Colourful Piano Chords and Samples in 'Avian', 'I'm Not Real', 'Red Dot Music' & 'Matches' (BMSR Sample FTW). However, where the beats shine is when Mac decides to bring in introspective, slow sounds on the tracks 'The Star Room', 'I Am Who Am' & 'Aquarium'. Mac even produced about 1/4 of the album himself, under the name Larry Fisherman.
These songs are great individually, however, for me an album is at its best when it links. Mac utilized this incredibly well, whether it be Earl telling him to "go" (which is precisely what he did on S.D.S), again Lux asking who he is (which he then outlines on 'Gees') or Mac going from discussing his view on certain quote-on-quote important social/political/economical issues ('Aquarium') to him detailing his idea of what euphoria is (Youforia, which is the vagina). Finally his voice sounds a lot cleaner compared to previous work, and the vocals provided by Niki Randa are enchanting. Mac uses pitch vocals on a few songs also, so you can see the Odd Future influence.
Lyrics: I have loved Mac Miller since he started, but I even I can admit that his lyrics were never the greatest. Whether that be his lyricism, or what he is saying. On WMWTSO, Mac abolishes my thoughts. Mac decided to put it all on the line, and rap about many different topics, from his parents relationship, his own, his addiction to 'lean', celebrity culture, secret societies/conspiracies, his childhood, religion (a lot), money and its negative effects, even the human condition; (When 'em high roller homes in Vegas/Raid them with some home invasions/Contaminating the place with plague, we just saved the day. 'I Am Who Am').
His skills at conveying his thoughts also have improved. Lines such as "Not into this conversation/I've been in my head for hours" (Not into/Nodding to), "Money in machines/those will make you change", "Jewish Buddhist consuming the views of Christianity", "You got a clue/what does a clue get? Nothing" & "Make a collage and look at it through a kaleidoscope".
Flow: This has always been Mac's strong point, and it only gets better on this project. "Hyper than Williams' middle son since I was a little one moms had to put me on the Ritalin/ Made a swisher run crack the 40 then I lit a blunt/Told Chuck I had a couple raps so we kicked the drums." Mac varies his tempo based on what he is talking about, but always keeps it interesting. Tracks such as 'I Am Who Am', 'Watching Movies' and 'Gees' best showcase this.
Features: Damn. Action Bronson, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Tyler, Earl, Jay Electronica? Mac certainly kept his ear to this best talent of the 'new-school'.
All verses vary, from Bronson showcasing his already legendary rapping skills, Soul getting nostalgic about his childhood, Tyler hyping Mac up for a crazy song or Jay Electronica even rapping about female characters from actual movies.
WMWTSO is no concept album, it is however, a piece of art that rivals any in hip-hop this year. I advise anyone to at least try 3 or 4 tracks. Remember, the dude is only 21, and has produced a future classic with some incredible replay value.… Expand
Jun 18, 2013This album honestly grows on me more and more with each listening. Plenty of standout tracks, with Objects in the Mirror, Watching Movies andThis album honestly grows on me more and more with each listening. Plenty of standout tracks, with Objects in the Mirror, Watching Movies and a few others being personal favorites. Production by Mac, as Larry Fisherman, is very good and you can tell that he has evolved a lot in that aspect. As far as the features are concerned, they are all well matched with the more chilled out approach this album seems to take. To the reviewer who said that Mac's flow is boring and the same in every song clearly was not listening to the album carefully. I'm not gonna pretend that this album is full of hype beats and that Mac has a different flow on every song, but don't we always bash artists for not being unique?...this is certainly unique and Mac's own flow. If you want examples of quicker flows and beats that are less "boring" you can listen to S.D.S., Watching Movies or Goosebumpz.… Expand
Sep 22, 2015WMWTSO is better than GO:OD AM as the persona Mac Miller brings in WMWTSO is much more raw and interesting, GO:OD AM feels like a typical rapWMWTSO is better than GO:OD AM as the persona Mac Miller brings in WMWTSO is much more raw and interesting, GO:OD AM feels like a typical rap project with little substance. I loved the way Mac deals with raw topics about death, drugs and love in a way where connects to the audience in his alter ego, I thought that was really good way to expose his feelings. long story short, he pulled this album of really well and i will listen to it again and again unlike go:od am which disappoints me, id wish me and mac could make things up nooo..… Expand
Nov 12, 2013Compared to his debut album, this is so much better. As a musician and a rapper, Mac Miller has evolved from a silly weed rapper to someoneCompared to his debut album, this is so much better. As a musician and a rapper, Mac Miller has evolved from a silly weed rapper to someone that can be respected as a rapper to an extent. This, K.I.D.S, and Macadelic are my favorite works from him.… Expand
Jun 18, 2013Mac Miller's style has changed A LOT from Blue Slide park and a bit more from K.I.D.S! He sounds more of a depressed Tyler the Creator onMac Miller's style has changed A LOT from Blue Slide park and a bit more from K.I.D.S! He sounds more of a depressed Tyler the Creator on this album. With the beats on this sounding great, Blue Slide Park Mac would kill this, but Mac's new flow is boring and he sounds the same in almost every song. Even Matches which is the most hyped up track on the album. My advice would be to use his old happy style with the new production and lyrics.… Expand
Jun 24, 2013Impressive sophomore release from Mac. I wasn't a fan of his first album but this project shows extreme growth comparatively. From subjectImpressive sophomore release from Mac. I wasn't a fan of his first album but this project shows extreme growth comparatively. From subject matter to lyricism to the incredible production and features,I have to say that I have become a fan and am excited to see what this 21 year old is capable of in the future. He certainly shares the same undying passion for underground hip-hop as I and it shines through here.… Expand
Jun 23, 2013Any idiot can rap about getting their sucked. Mac Miller stumbles around the entire album without saying anything even remotely interestingAny idiot can rap about getting their sucked. Mac Miller stumbles around the entire album without saying anything even remotely interesting or intriguing.… Expand
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