A match made in heaven, Mac Miller enlists Anderson .Paak to help deliver a groovy track to ignite the hype for Mac’s forthcoming LP.
We’re in the dog days of one of the hottest summers on record, and the same claim can be made for this years hip-hop releases. With Vic Mensa, YG, Snoop Dogg, Schoolboy Q, and most recently Gucci Mane and Lil Yachty all dropping, it’s been a struggle to digest each project before another is released into the mix. The flood of music looked as if it would tamper off going into the end of summer, at least after DJ Khaled’s Major Key, until today.
Zane Lowe has just premiered Dang! during his Beats1 radio show, the first single from Mac Miller‘s upcoming album, The Devine Feminine. The glossy, jazzy track is the perfect fit for Anderson .Paak, another artist who’s hugely contributed to the sounds of the summer, playing a large part in Blank Face LP, making appearances on Kaytranada‘s 99.9% and Domo Genesis’ Genesis, and even releasing his own fantastic album earlier in the year, Malibu.
The colorful, layered beat accompanied by Mac & .Paak‘s vocals on complications in relationships gives the song a sanguine atmosphere. Mac‘s loose delivery is reminiscent of his earlier projects, veering away from the sharp, alert delivery prevalent throughout his latest LP, GO:OD AM. While Mac‘s delivery flows well with the track, the slurring of words can feel overdone at times, and makes the subject matter hard to follow along with. But the production overshadows this minor flaw, and Mac‘s verses are still enjoyable fused with the horns and groovy undercurrent in the melody.
This track is the ideal antidote for these scorching, humid days, setting the ideal vibe for the long, lazy summer evenings and on into the twilight. If Dang! is a taste of what The Divine Feminine will be like, expect an upbeat, vibrant LP to help wrap up the summer. Although Mac‘s vocal delivery isn’t at it’s best, the bubbly production and .Paak‘s rasping croon make for an amazing single that shows promise for another great addition to Mac Miller‘s growing discography.
Stream Dang! below.
Also, unless he’s just trolling us, The Divine Feminine‘s cover art is below, and although not officially announced, it is widely believed the album will drop on the 16th of September.
Kendrick Lamar and Cee-lo Green are also expected as features on the record.