Following Mac Miller’s uncharacteristic music absence since Donald Trump’s election and his relationship with Ariana Grande.
Mac Miller hasn’t disappeared since dropping his smoky lounge singer record The Divine Feminine in 2016, though he has gone quiet. That album uncovered a more abstract, sober side to Mac, as he switched bars for melodies and hazy introspection for cheesy romance. In addition, the self-destructive, gonzo party image that followed Mac had been replaced by a sober, almost wholesome hippie. (“Almost” because The Divine Feminine can be deliriously raunchy when regarding female anatomy.)
Many considered the loose concept album a loving ode to Mac Miller’s new muse, girlfriend and pop singer Ariana Grande, though he denied such rumors in interviews. Instead the album spoke to the nuances and in-between-ness of love and space in relationships. While the record garnered serious critical acclaim from the rap community, The Divine Feminine was the lowest-charting album of Mac Miller’s career, moving only 48,000 first week units.
All of which prompts the question of his next musical direction. Almost all of Mac Miller’s projects, including his various mixtapes and EPs under his Delusionl Thomas and Larry Lovestein aliases, share little sonic distinction, hopping between and around whatever genre fancies his current mood. With the recent release of Carnage’s “Learn How To Watch” which features Mac, some have speculated he may return to trap, like he did on his Macadelic mixtape.
But Mac Miller himself has offered little in clues. After dropping either an album or mixtape every year of his career (and sometimes multiple projects in the same year), he mostly rested in 2017. While he made guest appearances on other artists’ songs, he released no original music in the past 16 months with little explanation as to why.
Read on to see what Mac Miller’s been up to in his uncharacteristic absence.