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Mac Miller, I Love Life, Thank You

In the last year, Mac Miller’s popularity has been rapidly growing. It’s a phenomenon he decided to document with his Road 2 A Million Fans series. For every 100,000 Twitter followers that he hit, the 2011 XXL Freshman rewarded his fans with a new song. The culmination of the journey came last week, when Mac hit that million mark and, instead of dropping a new track, liberated a full mixtape for his supporters, unabashedly titled I Love Life, Thank You.

Seven of the project’s 13 tracks were previously released as part of the series, but the Pittsburgh native did offer six new joints on the release. Whether or not it was his initial intention to drop a tape at the end of this process, it’s presented as if it were, as the project doesn’t feel as disjointed as a scattered collection of leaks could. Part of this stems from Big Jerm and E. Dan handling the majority of the production, as usual (though at six of 13, a little less than normal).

Though he’s gained a legion of fans at suburban high schools and in college, Mac again proves that he respects rap’s roots (“Boom Bap Rap”), and joins up with vets like Bun B, Talib Kweli and 9th Wonder. The Bun collaboration, “All That,” is a subtle dismissal of haters and any frat-rap tag, where Mac spits, “They just want the women and the cars/Gettin’ high so they can chill with some stars/But it’s deeper than all that.”

The Rostrum Records rapper still has the bright jams about youthful exuberance and getting high, money and girls, though, with cuts like “Just A Kid” and “Willie Dynamite” (“Make a million in a week/Takin’ off her clothes before I begin to speak,” he raps on the latter).

An unexpected release, I Love Life, Thank You is a stellar display of Mac Miller’s range and appeal. With his upcoming debut album Blue Slide Park due out November 8, the 19-year-old is sure to shake things up. —Adam Fleischer

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  • D90

    wtf an XL for beats and 2 L’s doesnt equate to a XL rating… sum1s gettin paid off cuz mack miller is wack as fuck

    • lilrizq

      how the -uck is mac payin someone off and he is independent? he ain’t signed to no label nigga, dat white boy just grinds hard. go to The Carter 4′s review page and copy and paste your comment.

    • J.R.

      yo homie, i bet your one of them wack ass niggas sayin red album was classic to, u ignorant ass, trailer trash, inbred mother fucka

      • tim

        you racist

      • http://HatersEataDick.com vaughn

        shut you hating ass up fagot get a life your a fucking nobody mac is far from wack you raciest fuck lmfao rely haters can eat a dick waist of gods air true talk

  • CPJ

    Is every mixtape and album ganna get the same rating, like everytime i look at a Review they all get XL, beats: XL and everything is else is L. I feel like sometimes you guys go to easy on big name rappers cause this mixtape definitely was not a XL, Mac can do WAY better than this

  • Pacer

    Mixtape is ok. Mainly i host of previous released tracks. But still good to tie over any fans for the Blue Slide Prk release.

    I dont how you haters say he is whack? He has good delivery, rhymes, beats, he’s universal, got he’s own stlye & has a large range of appeal.

    Dont hate just cause dude is blowing up with NO LABEL ASSISTENCE. Young kid is a great example that even young cats can grind their way to the top!

    I’m looking forward to Blue Slide Park & hope its worthy of they hype!

  • Patches

    This mixtape is better than anything I’ve heard off of Blue Slide Park so far.

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  • Jetsatyaneck

    this album is his best work eva period.