Mac Miller: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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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)"
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)
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:
Kimberlee Cox
Kimberlee Cox 6 hari yang lalu
I’m having an existential moment. I know I’m late to the gig. I’m mourning this baby faced genius. Good GOD- he’s something rarefied.
Quest Cowboys
Quest Cowboys 10 hari yang lalu
I'm trying to figure out how he could have been so young and at the same time be a classic... it makes me sad that he gone, I've only known about him about 2 months.
David Galdamez
David Galdamez 17 hari yang lalu
Love you Mac Miller!! 😭😭 RIP Mac Miller
Mane on a new plane nigga
Mane on a new plane nigga 18 hari yang lalu
+Nina Rauhauser sorry i left ya will keep the spirit alive. but i do believe hate killed the man. keep the love alive
Lynda Martin
Lynda Martin 27 hari yang lalu
NPR Music ReSpect❤Channel Watta Sweet❤ BlesS 🎵HiS BeautiFuL 🎵 🎶S💫uL R,I,P,🍃🌷🍃
Ricardo Marez
Ricardo Marez 13 menit yang lalu
He's a good star in the hip hop constellation to point you towards the heart
Rob 3 jam yang lalu
Glensen Estonilo
Glensen Estonilo 3 jam yang lalu
Miss you Mac :’(
Fidel Morfin
Fidel Morfin 4 jam yang lalu
Ethan 5 jam yang lalu
I don’t even like Mac. But damn this is good
Mr. O-Town
Mr. O-Town 5 jam yang lalu
I swear 500,000 of the views are me... I come back almost everyday.. Its crazy how you can miss someone you never met.. but you can tell his music and personality touched sooo many people in this world. *rest in piece Mac*
NDawg2014 9 jam yang lalu
I never listened to Mac Miller before this, but I'm really feeling it now and I understand why people miss him so much.
SAVANNA JOSEPH 9 jam yang lalu
i didn’t know i had one of his songs in my playlist till after he died true artist rest in peace
KONTROLLEDKHAOS HD 9 jam yang lalu
Comander555666 12 jam yang lalu
The Band is so on point
kayla branchford
kayla branchford 13 jam yang lalu
I went and saw Vince staples in Atlanta February 12 th when he ended his set he played this whole video on a projector screen it was beautiful how the whole crowd was screaming just as loud for Mac Rip my best friend got murdered the same day Mac passed sept.7 2018 so this hits me hard rip Edward reaves rip Mac Miller
briana eileen
briana eileen 13 jam yang lalu
i miss mac soooo much ugh
Eric Torres
Eric Torres 15 jam yang lalu
Probably the best NPR set I've seen.
Brooks Wilkins
Brooks Wilkins 15 jam yang lalu
I went to a Vince Staples concert a few days ago and at the end of the show after Vince finished his set they played this performance, and I never really had listened to Mac before, but now I've listened to both Swimming and The Divine Feminine, and I can now say I'm a big fan. This man has soul, and his words have such meaning, I'm glad to be introduced to a talent like this but sad that no more will be heard from him. RIP Mac Miller, rest easy brother.
Slashxxy i
Slashxxy i 16 jam yang lalu
I am wondering about something, and i am defiently not trying to be disrespectful to miller and to you guys, his fans. I know he recently past away so rest in peace. But my question is what makes mac miller an ‘’good’’ artist/rapper to you? Honnestly the only good thing i noticed about his songs, is that his lyrics isn’t only centered around bitches,money and dope. Which i guess is rare nowdays for rappers. But other than that, his voice isn’t really a singing voice. His lyrics sure has a meaning to him and people who realate, but its very square if i can say it like that. I did go and listen to some of his new songs, and some from 2011. But i really feel like i am missing something great in him, that other people/you guys see in him. Maybe hes just being himself or something and thats why you like him? Idk, again respect to miller and rest in peace. But i need some explanation as i have long time ago, fallen off the new wave of rap.
Anna sanchez
Anna sanchez 16 jam yang lalu
When 2009 came in...
J-Mac 16 jam yang lalu
at 7:45 Thundacat, Jeez! fire emojis!
Michaela Rabina
Michaela Rabina 17 jam yang lalu
Rip :(
Johnnyisahermit 17 jam yang lalu
Im so glad this exists and will always exist.
Iván André Carreño Marquez
The f*cking bass...
dcarl789 17 jam yang lalu
Lyrically the best artist that was nominated for that Grammy! Underrated always has been, will forever be grateful for his music. Thank You and miss you Mac Miller !!!!’
47_dronan_47 222
47_dronan_47 222 18 jam yang lalu
Was "yay high" a reference to coke use or is that a stretch? In the bay area some rappers refer to it as yay
TaylorSamP 20 jam yang lalu
I dont know, i feel Kind of addicted to this Video since 3 weeks or so.. No day without enjoying this 17.09 minutes hard minimum twice... 3 different Songs fitting so nice together.. the persons inside the Video... Anyone else feeling like that ? I cant come around coming Here everyday... wow
TNABANG BERNETTE 22 jam yang lalu
Great performance Miller, Jamming from Mzansi
William Bauer
William Bauer 22 jam yang lalu
regardless of his passing, this shit is straight fucking fire. flow is impeccable 🙏🙏🙏
MrFreddy123 22 jam yang lalu
The vibes when What's the Use comes on
# 63G774298
# 63G774298 23 jam yang lalu
This video was in my recommended list. I heard of Mac Miller but never heard him. I thought i remember hearing about him passing. I clicked on the video. It felt like we were having a conversation, just us. By the end, i wanted more. I'm sad that i missed his star fly by.
jeffrey johnson
jeffrey johnson Hari Yang lalu
Mac if you listening.. I need to hear this daily bro. Thank you for giving the world your feelings. 🙏🏾
Dom Philly aka Karma
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this shit touched me
Laurent Gilbert
Laurent Gilbert Hari Yang lalu
the guy to the left is me
Atomic Dawg
Atomic Dawg Hari Yang lalu
Thankyou Mac Miller ❤
L Tella
L Tella Hari Yang lalu
1:49 that shake was glorious
Casey Rodriguez
Casey Rodriguez Hari Yang lalu
made me cry, beautiful music beautiful soul 🙏🏼 rip baby
Towelie Hari Yang lalu
2045 cncr
2045 cncr Hari Yang lalu
I have watched this video ten hundred times now
Manny Cali
Manny Cali Hari Yang lalu
Action Bronson?
Dixie Gould
Dixie Gould Hari Yang lalu
the fact that he lost the only Grammy he would ever have to cardi b is something I will never get over. fuck you RCA. this man was a fucking legend ♡
Ein Mann, Ein Code
Ein Mann, Ein Code Hari Yang lalu
damn this is f****n chill
cashmereG3000 Hari Yang lalu
Thank you for this tiny desk concert NPR Music
Ross h23
Ross h23 Hari Yang lalu
This is the first time I've listened to him since he passed. Too many good memories come along with his music
noduck noluck
noduck noluck Hari Yang lalu
Wassabi mane.. wassabi.
Declan Devine
Declan Devine Hari Yang lalu
13:00 hits hard
Raphael Galdino Silva Costa
Great guy. Rest in peace boy! p.s. thundercat fenomenal, always.
Isaias Jaco
Isaias Jaco Hari Yang lalu
Beautiful !
Isaias Jaco
Isaias Jaco Hari Yang lalu
Mohammed Adam
Mohammed Adam Hari Yang lalu
amazing musician
Mr 5th Dimension
Mr 5th Dimension Hari Yang lalu
Gt Fit Mllynn
Gt Fit Mllynn Hari Yang lalu
Honestly today I’m just feeling a little out of it. I’m so sad and I feel like Instead of going forward I’m taking a step back. This is making me feel a little bit more whole again.
ryunnz17 Hari Yang lalu
3:35 beautiful everytime
Nick Crimi
Nick Crimi Hari Yang lalu
The band is good and tight. Not sure where the autistic guy mumble rapping fits in.....
Peter Marino
Peter Marino 21 jam yang lalu
Get the fuck out of here hater. This is so far from mumble rap. Your an imbicile. If hes autistic then your a paraplegic vegetable. Bitch.
Malik Yassein
Malik Yassein Hari Yang lalu
u dumb
Brenden Merasty
Brenden Merasty Hari Yang lalu
opening piano almost puts me in tears
Bree Lovatic
Bree Lovatic Hari Yang lalu
Leonela Suarez
Leonela Suarez Hari Yang lalu
What’s the Use!!! One of my favorites! Thank you Mac! It’s a beautiful thing! So sad we won’t be blessed with more 😭
Taken4 Hari Yang lalu
What's the use is so good holy geez
Chris Frye
Chris Frye 2 hari yang lalu
Rip Brother
Jessica Hernandez
Jessica Hernandez 2 hari yang lalu
Everytime I watch this I get a knot in my throat!! I miss you so much ❤️
mario calito
mario calito 2 hari yang lalu
I discovered Mac because I am a Pittsburgh Steelers fan like he was. Mac's music is truly inspirational and will forever live like he will in our hearts. You are dearly missed.
Quaaid 2 hari yang lalu
Why is this guy revered at all? Backed by phenomenal musicians and good beats, but the lyrics are shit and he's an awful singer even for a rapper.
Peter Marino
Peter Marino 21 jam yang lalu
Dude get the fuck out of here. Shit lyrics? You're just too stupid and basic to understand. Keep it moving bro. Us real fans came here to indulge and enjoy this masterpiece. Stop hating.
angee angee
angee angee 2 hari yang lalu
These are legit people that just love making and playing music you can just see the happiness in their faces
Novembers Finest
Novembers Finest 2 hari yang lalu
Kyle Estment
Kyle Estment 2 hari yang lalu
Dislikers, fuck you🖕🏻
Mitchell Parks
Mitchell Parks 2 hari yang lalu
Dude is prolly the least talented guy on stage be fair. Doesn't mean he wasn't talented for sure...just saying
Peter Marino
Peter Marino 17 jam yang lalu
+Mitchell Parks I'm probably gonna come off as a fanboy here but I really dont care. He was AMAZING musically. Go watch his last livestream he recorded. Put together a sick beat, played multiple instruments, all in about a 15 minute snippet. I mean you can't discredit this man as an mc even if you personally dont like his singing voice. Record after record. Mixtapes albums and beat tapes, all the same. AMAZING. He made a damn jazz EP for christ's sake.
Mitchell Parks
Mitchell Parks 18 jam yang lalu
+Peter Marino Just my opinion. We can split hairs on the others, but he certainly is less talented than the bass player. Again, I'm not saying he isn't talented. People are just acting like he was AMAZING at everything. He holds a tune kinda...but isn't a good singer by any means. As far as his ability with all those instruments? I'd have to see it.
Peter Marino
Peter Marino 21 jam yang lalu
You know he plays those instruments too right....produces many of his own tracks. I mean I dont know the band personally but I can guarantee they are not on Mac's level musically. I mean listen to this album front to back then come back and say that
Paul Mosman
Paul Mosman 2 hari yang lalu
You can tell mac and thundercat are real tight. Love this shit. RIP MAC
Chris 2 hari yang lalu
"I think were supposed to talk or something..." feel the same way everywhere i go man.
Rafa Torres
Rafa Torres 2 hari yang lalu
February 15th 2019, the day I discovered Mac Miller music, (can you even believe that?) I'm speechless, man.
PozoRec 2 hari yang lalu
Rick Paterson
Rick Paterson 2 hari yang lalu
The universal outpouring of grief in music when Mac died says all you need to really know about who he was. We can each be so lucky to be remembered as fondly when our time comes.
DaddyGilmar 2 hari yang lalu
this guy has some amazing r&b songs anyone agrees ?🙋‍♂️ rest easy mac :(
Poke Smot
Poke Smot 2 hari yang lalu
one love
Tommyboi 2 hari yang lalu
Watching this makes me feel he's still with us, even for a brief moment. It's comforting to watch him in it.
Popping Clutch
Popping Clutch 2 hari yang lalu
Miss u mac. I’m sorry
Mick Boger
Mick Boger 2 hari yang lalu
This little preformance, all these comments, to think we all got the same love for Mac.
Rich Will
Rich Will 2 hari yang lalu
That laugh will make anyone smile... rest easy Mac. 👍🏼
Tanayri Navarro
Tanayri Navarro 2 hari yang lalu
2009 is a beautiful song. Wish I was able to see it live
Tanayri Navarro
Tanayri Navarro 2 hari yang lalu
Anyone know where the 50 second intro in ‘2009’ comes from? I’m OBSESSED
Romain S
Romain S 2 hari yang lalu
That moment between Mac and Thundercat hahaha ! U can see they thight with that big ass smile on thundercats face after that shitty attempts of voice over
Fernando Castañeda
Fernando Castañeda 2 hari yang lalu
never tired of this, simply the best
Jesus Espinosa
Jesus Espinosa 2 hari yang lalu
vince staples played this video at the end of his setlist and there was not a dry eye in the whole venue. such an amazing tribute for such an amazing soul. RIP Mac.
VAS 2 hari yang lalu
denzel tiny desk wya?!👀
latenight cashews
latenight cashews 2 hari yang lalu
the way mac moves to every little and most nuanced beat or note of instrumentation... shows how involved and impassioned he is about his music.
kiddtaak 2 hari yang lalu
Instruments sound flawless 🎵🎧..... everything else was 👎❎😝
Shaunio 2 hari yang lalu
Miss you man
deep 2 hari yang lalu
thundercats shorts
Carl Joshua Deiparine
Carl Joshua Deiparine 2 hari yang lalu
OFWGKTA55107 2 hari yang lalu
Mac’s laugh at thundercat snapping at 7:50
comedy Vlogs
comedy Vlogs 2 hari yang lalu
ugly voice
comedy Vlogs
comedy Vlogs 2 hari yang lalu
straight to hell stupid
Ryan Anderson
Ryan Anderson 2 hari yang lalu
The real crime is we will never see more of Swimming live. RIP MAC
YUNG Rilla
YUNG Rilla 2 hari yang lalu
R.I.P Mac you're a young legend...
MalanCDE 2 hari yang lalu
Know macs gone haven't listen since nike's on my feet and im not here to kiss ass and all that but listening too all the shit since is like he's alive. still mac forever.
Jacob Barnes
Jacob Barnes 3 hari yang lalu
indiepicks -
indiepicks - 3 hari yang lalu
His death was so sad & way too soon. But the music he gave us lives forever 🙏🏾
DJ Sharkey
DJ Sharkey 3 hari yang lalu
X Pena
X Pena 3 hari yang lalu
Rob Fernandez
Rob Fernandez 3 hari yang lalu
Music is a beautiful thing! Lol rest in paradise.
Khary Robertson
Khary Robertson 3 hari yang lalu
Everyone in this performance looked like they enjoyed it so much, that was a great second the the awesome set.
Nicky adele
Nicky adele 3 hari yang lalu
Rest in peace
elso rodriguez
elso rodriguez 3 hari yang lalu
Damn. I just come back to feel human again.
koalabearnation 3 hari yang lalu
Definitely missed , Rest peacefully ♥️
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