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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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Read our Mac Miller remembrance, which includes illustrations from the Tiny Desk, here: www.npr.org/2018/09/11/646519223/appreciating-the-unfinished-legacy-of-mac-miller
J Zeus
J Zeus 3 hari yang lalu
Damn.... Without a doubt theee best I've heard Mac... Never got to see him live, so that's as far as that goes.... But this is one dude that got his season shortened by the different weather of life, premature for sure....... I won't compare him to the dead young greats.... But Damn it.. This performance has that "I'm not just a rapper" vibe........ And yea, he wasn't a rapper.... This is jazz, pop, hip hop, trip hop, and funk like a mithafucka, with a dude that came up with EVERYTHING!!! Heart wrenching he's gone..
Nina Rauhauser
Nina Rauhauser 3 hari yang lalu
+Mane on a new plane nigga what are you trying to say. I didn't say anything hateful If you read my comments
irishman inoz
irishman inoz 3 hari yang lalu
What a talent. RIP
Mane on a new plane nigga
Mane on a new plane nigga 3 hari yang lalu
+Nina Rauhauser hate kills. but enough love can make any one immortal
basedjj93
basedjj93 48 menit yang lalu
Rest up legend
Kane Mckane
Kane Mckane Jam Yang lalu
I just hope he’s still a musician in the next life that he’s in right now and actually be taken seriously and not slept on. Damn I miss you Mac.
Dethrone My Bone
Dethrone My Bone 2 jam yang lalu
The rest is history
zion garcia.
zion garcia. 3 jam yang lalu
as said before, I'M NOT EVEN SAYING THIS BECAUSE HE HAS PASSED... but this is genuinely one of the best performances in Tiny Desk's catalogue. The bands chemistry., THUNDERCAT (as well as the bands reactions whenever he does some crazy shit), Mac's tranquil presence, idk, something about this performance really did something for me, ESPECIALLY WHEN COMPARING THESE TO THE ALBUM VERSIONS. love you mac, rest in piece!
Mac Durden
Mac Durden 3 jam yang lalu
Word
Mr Porker
Mr Porker 5 jam yang lalu
Why the dislike
Poetic Potsitcker
Poetic Potsitcker 6 jam yang lalu
Rest in Honor Mac. You've gotten my through so many things... Thank You for everything! Those strings were so powerful!
J Cash
J Cash 8 jam yang lalu
I shed a tear for my guy. Rest easy mac 😔😢
punkpanther86
punkpanther86 10 jam yang lalu
He really gave the performance of a lifetime, absolutely beautiful.
Thr3e Sevens
Thr3e Sevens 10 jam yang lalu
It ain’t 2009 no mo
VideosByKev
VideosByKev 12 jam yang lalu
anyone still watching this video in appreciation for mac and the music he blessed our lives with? Swimming was incredible. You can hear the hurt in his heart but the music in his soul throughout the album.
Nipple Beaver
Nipple Beaver 12 jam yang lalu
dude with the shaker lol
Elis Sile
Elis Sile 12 jam yang lalu
This video is my favorite thing. I keep coming back to this too often, just watch and listen repeatedly. Always remembered never forgotten!🖤
Alley Ways
Alley Ways 13 jam yang lalu
@12:42😭
Romello Abram
Romello Abram 16 jam yang lalu
11:40 is when 2009 starts.
Will Campbell
Will Campbell 16 jam yang lalu
Demons as big my house!!! Black white or purple Mac is a real M.C.
Brian Amaya
Brian Amaya 16 jam yang lalu
what's funny is that this video only had 300K view when he was alive
juan vergara
juan vergara 17 jam yang lalu
Damn this performance is legendary ... Rest Easy MAC 🙏🏾🔥💯
ChrisP
ChrisP 17 jam yang lalu
DOPE! RIP!!
dustmart84
dustmart84 18 jam yang lalu
Make a little more noise for Mac!
Jose Rodriguez
Jose Rodriguez 19 jam yang lalu
Bitch left em when he needed her the most bitches ain't shit watch who you love moral of the story never give up on who love hid his feelings in drugs can clearly hear this this man rap his heart out R.I.P only strong survive on koo most ppl replace it some ppl know that bond is only suppose to come once In a life time
Deathpk Tech
Deathpk Tech 20 jam yang lalu
Man... I'm definitely in love with this show! , I wish I 've met his job before he passed out :(
simon ignacio valdebenito godoy
Miss U bro
Jimmy Ursino
Jimmy Ursino 21 jam yang lalu
7:44 💔😭😭😢🙏
Kieran Pugh
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Intro] Yeah, yeah [Chorus] The world is so small 'til it ain't, yeah I'm building up a wall 'til it break She hate it when I call and it's late I don't wanna keep you waiting I hope I never keep you waiting, yeah [Verse 1] I think I know it all but I don't Why you always at the mall when you broke? Yeah And I just wanna ball Maybe dunk but I've never been tall, yeah I might trip, I never fall God knows I've came close (don't try this at home) I know I probably need to do better, fuck whoever Keep my shit together You never told me being rich was so lonely Nobody know me, oh well Hard to complain from this five star hotel I'm always in a rush, I've been thinking too much but Keep it on the hush, no one need to know, just us That's really all it takes We don't need nothing but today (day) today (day) Today (day) today (day) Chorus] The world is so small 'til it ain't ('til it ain't, 'til it ain't, 'til it ain't) I'm building up a wall 'til it break ('til it break, 'til it break, 'til it break) She hate it when I call and it's late (and it's late, and it's late) I don't wanna keep you waiting (I don't wanna keep you waiting) I hope I never keep you waiting (I hope I never keep you waiting) [Bridge] Wooooooo (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Wooooooo (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Wooooooo (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) Wooooooo (yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah) [Verse 2] Yeah, I got a bad attitude, playing 'til I'm out of moves No need for shame, I get more peace at slow speeds Go beat the game, young control freak It's cold in my veins, I'm below freezing, snow season (made me) They know that I so need my space Don't wanna grow old so I smoke just in case She say that I glow below the waist And the stroke is just so PGA All I got is a little bit of space and time Drawing shapes and lines of the world we made Tomorrow may be right around the corner But I swear it's gon be worth it if I make it wait There's somewhere above, you keep reaching up That's really all it takes We don't need nothing but today (day) today (day) Today (day) today (day) Chorus] The world is so small 'til it ain't ('til it ain't, 'til it ain't, 'til it ain't, 'til it ain't) I'm building up a wall 'til it break ('til it break, 'til it break, 'til it break) She hate it when I call and it's late (and it's late, and it's late, and it's late) I don't wanna keep you waiting (I don't wanna keep you waiting) I hope I never keep you waiting [Beat Switch] [Verse 3] Yeah, nine times out of ten I get it wrong That's why I wrote this song, told myself to hold on I can feel my fingers slippin' In a motherfuckin' instant, I'll be gone Do you want it all if it's all mediocre? Staring at the wall and the wall's full of posters Lookin' at my dreams, who I wanna be I guess you gotta see it to believe Oh, I been a fool but it's cool, that's what human beings do Keep your eyes to the sky, never glued to your shoes Guess there was a time when my mind was consumed But the sun coming out now, clouds start to move Don't tell me nothing but the truth I'm tired, I don't gotta spare a second Win or lose, win or lose I don't keep count, nobody checkin'
macco edwards
macco edwards Hari Yang lalu
It ain't 2009 no more 🤢🤢🤢🤮🤮🤮🤮
macco edwards
macco edwards Hari Yang lalu
Thankful
Corduroy Xavier
Corduroy Xavier Hari Yang lalu
RIP Baby Boy
RewdAwakening
RewdAwakening Hari Yang lalu
Music is a beautiful thing.
Joe Everyman
Joe Everyman Hari Yang lalu
I Know Whats Behind that Door💨👽 R.I.P Mac Miller
Hebrews5:12
Hebrews5:12 Hari Yang lalu
That Thundercat guy really puts a jewel on the chain with hes touch👌 of talent.
GenesisnKaidence
GenesisnKaidence Hari Yang lalu
So trash but rip
Daniel Villalobos
Daniel Villalobos Hari Yang lalu
Peace love and happy vibes wished upon all those who read this. Mac did an amazing job in the life. Thank you Mac. Every life has a purpose or we would not be here. Mac knew the secret to life. That’s what this album was about. Love.
SOSA Noimad The Official
Rip mac
Derrick Steger
Derrick Steger Hari Yang lalu
Tripping balls right now. But 2009 always brings me peace of mind. Love and miss you, and we never even got the chance to meet yet
Mac Durden
Mac Durden 3 jam yang lalu
I couldnt even. Id be deep in the feels
Erik Halvorssen
Erik Halvorssen Hari Yang lalu
ive seen this video over 30 times
jordyn carpenter
jordyn carpenter Hari Yang lalu
who could possibly give this a thumbs down... it's music in its purest form
Art the Hunter
Art the Hunter Hari Yang lalu
Wtf is that? That music is for the retards. His voice and backgrounds sounds thrash.
Angel Lopez
Angel Lopez Hari Yang lalu
Straight fucking bars dude rest east Mac you were a true og
dustmart84
dustmart84 Hari Yang lalu
Talent>anxiety. Rip mac
nicky odunze
nicky odunze Hari Yang lalu
What’s The Use....oooooo weeeee!!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
SolEK Ennis-Klyczek
SolEK Ennis-Klyczek Hari Yang lalu
That black string section...ooo.
rovarisluiz
rovarisluiz Hari Yang lalu
Buddy, i miss you. for real. I've played Swimming on repeat for days after its release, took the time to listen to it carefully as soon as i could and i dare to say i cant grade them from best to worse, everytime i listen to any of them, I just feel like "ok, this is the one". Man, i can just say i've been through most of the stuff you talked about, but i made it out. I'm so sad you did not, but I'm sure you're responsible for many people making it, as you did for me. In that way, I can say you're a true hero, you sacrificed yourself, you put yourself on the spot and talked about a lot of stuff people neglect, addiction, depression. And the most beautiful thing is that you took it all in, all the commentary, the judgement, the speculation, the good, and the bad. Love your work, love the little I got to know about you, rest in peace.
Kevin F.
Kevin F. Hari Yang lalu
What's the use with Thunder Cat is the best version everrr i could jam to this all day
catalina gaspar
catalina gaspar Hari Yang lalu
sexy mac
catalina gaspar
catalina gaspar Hari Yang lalu
awesome
Nia
Nia Hari Yang lalu
I hope he's doing so amazing up in heaven
Captain Wagz
Captain Wagz Hari Yang lalu
The band looked like they were having a blast playing them tunes.. Hurts even more.
Lynn Sutton
Lynn Sutton Hari Yang lalu
Sounds nice but he’s a culture thief ....Ijs
Mac Durden
Mac Durden 3 jam yang lalu
You aint shit mfker. You from the burgh? You dont know whats goin on here so fuck off
Gabooh Marques
Gabooh Marques Hari Yang lalu
Rest in peace man Mac Miller R.I.P
Djin _
Djin _ Hari Yang lalu
"The world is so small, 'till it ain't" i swear imma get that tatt somewhere on me . Thoughts?
Matthew Herman
Matthew Herman Hari Yang lalu
my nigga mac rip realest guero out there
hanah k.a
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Before watching this video, I had only ever listened to a few Mac Miller songs and never really got into his music. But this side of him, his smiles, his personality blew me away. I was hooked immediately. The first time I watched this video, I cried at the end. I furiously searched for anything that I could get a hold on just so I could grip this piece of him a little more. I watched the tribute concert for him and sobbed over the fact that he was gone. A part of me was so upset at myself for not listening to him when he was alive, for not being a fan and having that sentimental relationship with his music- it seems like I only become interested in things when they are gone. It hurt me so bad to know that Swimming was the first reflection of himself getting better- listening to all these songs made me think there was no way he was ever in a bad place. He radiated happiness, hell, he was glowing in this set. I cried and heaved because he was on to better things- he was getting better. As someone who is quite morbid and empty, life seemed like such an unbearably painful thing to be in right now. But seeing him thrive time over time after so many downfalls, I felt like I was doing so much less than he was to live my life. I think Mac would've wanted his music to have a positive and inspirational affect- and it did. He was so beautiful, his soul seemed so kind. I imagine him somewhere resting now. I can only pray to God that he is free, of trouble and conflict. Rest in peace Mac. I don't think I can ever forget you.
Yarden יַרדֵן
Yarden יַרדֵן Hari Yang lalu
I know what’s behind that door...
evan
evan 2 hari yang lalu
fuck man..
Louis. Teque Realtor
Louis. Teque Realtor 2 hari yang lalu
Great talent ! The good die young !
Tharedone 34
Tharedone 34 2 hari yang lalu
2009.....☹️ SMH!
Tharedone 34
Tharedone 34 2 hari yang lalu
This is what Greatness looks like when you can do it effortlessly 😯
Tharedone 34
Tharedone 34 2 hari yang lalu
Why do the ones that brings Greatness to this ugly world have to leave so soon???🤔 Smh
Karrie Peterson
Karrie Peterson 2 hari yang lalu
i’m literally fucking sobbing... nov 17.. today was supposed to be the day i saw you live... rip mac i love you so fucking much
P H
P H 2 hari yang lalu
R.I.P Mac Miller
G. Johnson
G. Johnson 2 hari yang lalu
I think of mac the same way I think of the friends who arent here anymore. There is an epidemic in the United States. Dont waste talent. I love this man, I love his band. Rest.
Jordan Osz
Jordan Osz 2 hari yang lalu
Possibly the best Tiny Desk to exist... Sorry Andeson .Paak, you're a close second...
Wicked ill
Wicked ill 2 hari yang lalu
So who keeps watching this, i know i am 👀 R.i.p Mac still missed ti´ll this day well at least i know that i miss you and who ever keeps watching you doing what you do best forever joyful 💛
Jose Cervantes
Jose Cervantes 2 hari yang lalu
😢
Xavier Rake
Xavier Rake 2 hari yang lalu
Imagine following your dreams and still being unhappy..... We were lucky to experience this soul
ᖀᖇᓮᙜᙦ 8 ᖴᕶᕓ
The 2009 performance helped me thru a rough day today. I said goodbye to my 96yo grandmother.
Stephen Chuk-d
Stephen Chuk-d 2 hari yang lalu
Phenomenal
pcgarlick13
pcgarlick13 2 hari yang lalu
Truly missed brother.
Alonzo Rose
Alonzo Rose 2 hari yang lalu
Love watching and listening to this whenever i get free time
Francisco Vasquez
Francisco Vasquez 2 hari yang lalu
rest easy Mac... missing you like crazy
g g
g g 2 hari yang lalu
when you get away from the studio mixing and flex your real talent acustic.......performance of a lifetime
hayden hollenbaugh
hayden hollenbaugh 2 hari yang lalu
Has to be rough playing bass in front of thundercat while he is playing a maraca lol
Lau Va
Lau Va 2 hari yang lalu
*Damn that bass line* 🔥🔥
MrLilRayJ
MrLilRayJ 2 hari yang lalu
Beautiful
Sharp Smirnoff
Sharp Smirnoff 2 hari yang lalu
I'm the Smartest Man Eu for the last 100 years. Can you handle it
bean trees
bean trees 2 hari yang lalu
Unreal performance by everyone involved. This is Mac's version of nirvana's mtv unplugged in my opinion. Unfortunately with a similar ending as Kurt's. I wish it was a full set.
william shurett
william shurett 2 hari yang lalu
2009 is amazing but I still think 'so it goes' is the emotional finale
jenn S.
jenn S. 2 hari yang lalu
wow, ..... unfurnished is correct MAC MILLER such an incredible artist so very heartbreaking to lose him
Travels with Auntie Ann
Travels with Auntie Ann 2 hari yang lalu
Pure Gold. Rest In Peace beautiful angel xxxxx
Senpai
Senpai 2 hari yang lalu
RIP MAC🖤💔
Austin Hartman
Austin Hartman 2 hari yang lalu
This is the MTV unplugged of today
datacrypt0r
datacrypt0r 14 jam yang lalu
Couldn't agree more
H. frxxk
H. frxxk 2 hari yang lalu
I always listen to this before I sleep rest easy mac you will be missed
lonley Dilf93
lonley Dilf93 3 hari yang lalu
'hav a great day' just experiencing one, thx to u mac
Mick Bah
Mick Bah 3 hari yang lalu
Thanks for healing my soul
J Zeus
J Zeus 3 hari yang lalu
Damn..... Gone waaaaaaay too soon.... U would've shocked the world bruh!!!! Now we just gotta be shocked by what's left of the world u were buildimg... RIP. 😔
J Zeus
J Zeus 3 hari yang lalu
Don't know what you've got, til it's gone.......... For real...
Resa E
Resa E 3 hari yang lalu
Who has been coming here to watch this non stop since he passed? Hope you're resting on the most peaceful cloud Mac. No more pain, no more bullshit
Staci B
Staci B 3 hari yang lalu
When im feelin fd up about my life..THIS MAKES ME BETTA. Rest easy MAC
Jerry Brownell
Jerry Brownell 3 hari yang lalu
6:00
Daniel Serrano
Daniel Serrano 3 hari yang lalu
What’s the second bassists name
Christian Guevara
Christian Guevara 3 hari yang lalu
I'm getting DJ Quick vibes...Except this dudes lyrics are better.
Nate Allison
Nate Allison 3 hari yang lalu
wow
Shawn Caswell
Shawn Caswell 3 hari yang lalu
By far my fav TDC, Rest Easy brother. He was just figuring it out too man...
Keith Stanley
Keith Stanley 3 hari yang lalu
1:53 we jus gon pretend like dat wasn't no yayo drip
Havendale Blvd
Havendale Blvd 3 hari yang lalu
My Uncle John led me here. One love Mad Manny!!!
James Kissinger
James Kissinger 3 hari yang lalu
Mac 11:11 "its a beautiful thing, man, music is a beautiful thing."
Cab00S31
Cab00S31 3 hari yang lalu
RIP MAC, you are missed fam 🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼😢
Dr. Mister Black
Dr. Mister Black 3 hari yang lalu
Nothing was lost.
Michelle O'Lary
Michelle O'Lary 3 hari yang lalu
I keep coming back. A beautiful experience. Thank you Mac.
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