Pittsburg, PA seems to have become a hip-hop music stirring pot in recent years. First I got put on to that kid, Wiz Khalifa. Then I realized that Boaz was putting it down something hard for the hustlers and block huggers. Now comes the 17-year-old Mac Miller who’s been spending the last hot minute carving out his own niche and establishing himself as one of PA’s premier prospects on the mic. Don’t let the goofy look on the cover fool you, the kid got some sweet bars that could satisfy Willy Wonka’s and Lamar Odom’s sweet tooth (Lakers in 6!).

Who can argue with “Barz 4 Dayz” where son said, “We playin’ games in this jungle Jumanji/with bomb tree hidden under all my dirty laundry/call me your arm free/I’m fuckin’ around/I’m puttin’ words in your mind till you’re in love with the sound/they savor my plates/trash up this food in my face/so they force it down my throat till I’m used to the taste.??" Then he got on his A-Game for the ladies on “Got A Clue” where he spoke on a little philly that “Shine like she ain’t know what rain is.” That line alone is enough to make a dude curious about how a shorty looks. Well, that and “She got a fatty banging” and you’ve got me hella intrigued in how shorty looks.

While dude has a dope flow and his rhymes and lyrics are just above average (which in this day and age is more than enough to get you by), the chink in his armor is his hooks. His choruses on “What Up Cousin, “ “My Lady” and “Keep It Rollin’” were just lazy and subpar and didn’t compliment that creativity of the verses on the songs. Having Max B get “wavy” with it on “The Chow Line” was not helping his cause either. But aside from that the lil’ homie is diverse enough with his that he can make a soul touching sounding joint like “Keep Me Alive” and then turn around and drop a banger like “Snap Back.” A lot of dudes can’t drop a banger much less a joint that sounds straight from the heart. Overall Mac had me grooving to his style and for that I give him daps. But if he has that same doofy look on his next mixtape cover, I’m taking it back quick fast like Ramadan.-The Infamous O

Hottest Joint: “Cruisin’”

Weakest Joint: “Late Night”