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Remembering Mac Miller: Song recommendations

Updated: Oct 19, 2020

Mac Miller is a rapper that touched the hearts of millions of people. He is a self-taught musician that started in the hip-hop scene of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 2007. He dropped his first album "Kids" in 2010 and his career skyrocketed from there. Before his passing, he produced five and a half studio albums and 13 mixtapes and so many singles on top of that. He was constantly producing and writing music. After his passing, Jon Brion finished the last album we will get from Mac Miller, "Circles." The two-year anniversary of his passing was earlier this month, so here are a few of my favorite songs by him that I will always hold close to my heart.

Knock Knock – Single

This is the very first song I heard by Mac Miller. My sister showed it to me and it was one of the first times I really listened to rap. I think everyone can agree that this song is simply just a Mac Miller classic.


After I heard "Knock Knock," this was the first song I clicked on when looking up Mac Miller on YouTube. The intro of him speaking just gives this song such a warm and comforting feeling. Now that I am in college and understand love, this song hits a little bit harder than it did when I was 14.

All I Want Is You – K.I.D.S.

This song just makes me feel some type of way. This song has such an upbeat tone yet such an interesting message. In this song, he explains how he is too young to fall in love, but he doesn’t care. He doesn’t want anyone else but this one girl, but he knows she isn’t ready for a real relationship. So, he just waits. I feel like a lot of college kids can relate to this song.

Missed Calls – Blue Side Park

If I could listen to one Mac Miller song for the rest of my life, this would be the one. It is so sad but so upbeat at the same time. The beat and tone are something I have never heard before in a song.

Blue Word – Circles

This is one of the songs that John Brion finished, and he couldn’t have done a better job. I am a big fan of Frank Sinatra and the beginning of this song just reminds me so much of Frank. Then it goes from old tunes to an electric beat drop with a mix of rap throughout it.

Ayee – K.I.D.S.

This song was written when he produced his "K.I.D.S." album but wasn’t released until this past month. They released it in honor of the two-year anniversary of his passing and I was blown away by this song. It has that "windows down, driving with all of your friend’s" kind of vibe and I can’t get enough of it.


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