Mac Miller is officially releasing his newest album GO:OD AM tomorrow on Warner Bros. Records. Despite the fact that the new LP, which is already available for streaming via NPR by the way, is only Mac’s third proper full-length, he’s delivered no less than eleven mixtapes over the years and some EPs to boot.
The MC’s journey in music began with a 2007 mixtape called But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy, but things really kicked into high gear with the release of K.I.D.S. in 2010. Since then there’s been everything from Vince Staples collabs to avant-garde beat tapes, all driven by Mac’s sincere love for music, regardless of genre.
Today we’re throwin’ it back to some of Mac Miller’s mixtape cuts. Sink your teeth into these ten joints.
Mac Miller ft Wiz Khalifa – Cruise Control
These two used to have a serious Pittsburgh connection goin’ on, and although they’re doing their own things now, we hope they can link up again in the future for some more of the first they put on The High Life with “Cruise Control.”
Mac Miller – Nikes On My Feet
With 44 million (!) plays on YouTube, “Nikes On My Feet” is a serious single, especially for one off a mixtape. Mac Miller capitalized on sneaker culture while proving he can bring some dope bars to the table.
Mac Miller – Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza
Despite the fact that Lord Finessse sued Mac over this song, it’s still a choice cut, and an essential one for Mac’s day-one fans.
Mac Miller – Best Day Ever
Major bonus points for the adorable “Rapper’s Delight” footage.
Mac Miller ft Sir Michael Rocks – Pranks 4 Players
With a beat from Cardo, who played a huge role in both Mac and Wiz’s come-up, and a verse from Sir Michael Rocks, this I Love Life, Thank You cut was a stand-out on yet another solid tape from Mac Miller.
Mac Miller – Loud
Mac Miller went psychedelic for 2012’s Macadelic mixtape. The tripped-out video for “Loud,” which begins by Mac Miller proclaiming he has codeine in his cup, is just the tip of the iceberg for the seventeen-track tape.
Delusional Thomas ft Earl Sweatshirt and Bill – Bill
While experimenting with alter-egos on his ‘debut’ project as Delusional Thomas, Mac Miller invited Earl Sweatshirt and this dude Bill for a low hip hop cut.
Mac Miller – Diablo
Mac’s got serious bars, but he’s also a beast on production. With his 24-track mixtape Faces, Mac assumed most of the beat-making himself, including a 90s-revisiting monster called “Diablo.”
Larry Fisherman – Run On Sentences, Vol 1
To keep the focus on production for one more moment, it’s also worth noting that 2013’s Run On Sentences, Vol 1 was Mac’s stab at a beat tape. Not half bad either.
Vince Staples – Sleep ft. Dash, Ab Soul & Mac Miller [Prod. by Larry Fisherman]
You can’t read that marquee and not want to hit play, who you foolin’? Off the Vince x Larry collaborative tape, peep “Sleep.”