Written by Stephen Shuler
Mac Miller is a rapper from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miller has released two previous albums, “Blue Side Park” and “Watching Movies with the Sound Off.” “Go:od AM” is Mac Miller’s third LP, a thematic album that revolves around Miller’s journey through his struggles and successes.
Doors: This track is the introduction to the album. The song starts with a sleepy tone setting a dream like atmosphere with soft sounds flowing through the track as Miller speaks to the listener confessing the state of his mentality. This sets the tone of the album leading to the next track.
Brand Name: Following the opening track, an alarm sound goes off giving the sense that Miller is waking up from his dream to start his day. The track represents the feeling of waking up since the tempo of the song is slow and easy. There are groovy basslines that flow with the song, with a catchy hook that has a smooth delivery. If you’re looking for a track to wake up to and ease your morning into the day, then this is the one for you.
Rush Hour: This track starts off light with a nice pumping bass. Miller’s rap flow stays consistent through the instrumental while he discusses his efforts to be the best he can be, while not letting life’s struggles drag him down. The track ends with a small interlude verse from Vinny Radio, who gives poetic insight to the listener about how to progress in life. Miller seems to make this track about his way of being positive in an often negative world.
Two Matches (Ft. Ab-Soul): This track kicks off with a 90s beat style giving a nostalgic tone right off the bat. Ab-soul’s verse is definitely on point with his flow meeting the tone of the song, by d;ivering his conscious rap style. The hook in this track is catchy with the bassline flowing to the nostalgic beat. This track almost feels like a nod of appreciation to the East Coast hip-hop style.
100 Grandkids: The track has a phat beat, and I mean phat, turn those subs up! This is a funky tune with guitars stringing along a funky bass that bellows along with the high tones of the track. Then all of a sudden, the track gets gritty, stepping away from the light funky tone. This track does not lose its funk, but loses its innocence on the second half of the song. The switch up is a refreshing juxtaposition with the light toned atmosphere transitioning to a deep and darker beat.
Time Flies (Ft. Lil B): Trippy is the word that comes to mind when this track plays. Right off the bat, Lil B gives an introduction speech as airy sounds and light tones carry the song into the verse, where the beat is reversed and bouncy, which is perfect for introspective thoughts and insightful feelings. This track contains mini interludes that have Lil B speaking words of wisdom, which is a nice take from the Based God. Miller does a good job making the track feel memorable and insightful, a more mature take than his previous albums.
Weekend (Ft. Miguel): Strong keys start this track by resonating a heavy feeling with distorted vocal samples adding some trippiness. This track carries some heavy bass, so get your speakers ready to rumble. Miller’s flow is top in this track with his ability to match the tempo of the track. Miller and Miguel on the hook is also a nice touch adding a catchy flavor that’s suitable for getting ready for the weekend.
Clubhouse: Another trippy-like song with echoing samples hanging in the background while the beat is quick and consistent. Miller talks about his successes in the music industry, but his hunger for success is still not full, so he still strives to make it on top. This track is pretty simple in terms of instrumental. Although, Miller’s flow is still on point in this track, but the hook can feel a bit repetitive at times.
In The Bag: This track has probably one of the funniest intros and outros to an album. On the music side, this song hits, and hits hard. The beat is powerful and the instrumentals bounce while Miller raps with an attitude giving the care-free attitude many millennials have. This is a club track that would have the dance floor bounce to the beat that fails to sound boring. Definitely a track that can be enjoyed at a party.
Break the Law: Now this track is a fun track to hear. The bassline is smooth with the drums kicking the beat in while Miller bellows his notorious care-free attitude. This track is a rebellious track by giving no f***ks that will do what it wants and not think twice about what it did. This is a fun song that just makes you want to bob your head up and down to the beat as you stroll along not caring what is going on in the world.
Perfect Circle/ Godspeed: This is a double track where the first song, “Perfect Circle,” starts off with a blues feeling. The beat is slow, the bass guitar strums with falling keys in the background. The atmosphere in this track is dark and self-reflective. Mac reveals into his inner self and reveals his struggles, fears, and desires.
The second part of this song starts off with a voicemail from Miller’s brother wishing Miller well since he has been reclusive in the recent past while making the record. The second part seems like a resurgence from the first part. Miller seems to see his flaws in 20/20 vision. This part contains the same elements from the first part, but the tone is happier and hopeful. This is one of the most honest and organic tracks in the album.
When in Rome: Now this is a definition of a banger, where you just jump in your ride, crank the volume up, max the bass and ride through the city like a boss. This track has some of the heaviest bass and hardest hitting beats on the album. Miller attacks the verses like Lebron driving in for an epic dunk. This is all around badass track where the fun doesn’t end till the song is done. The hook is addicting with its quick hits on Miller’s sampled voice. Miller also states that he is at the top of his game in this track, and he is not lying.
ROS: This is a love track, a big difference from the prior song. The track starts off with a piano and Miller singing to what seems to be a crowd in a fancy restaurant. Miller is ambitious with his singing and he comes off passionate, but it is not at the top of his game. This is a good track for that special lady in your life, so thank Mac Miller if you get lucky.
Cut the Check (Ft. Chief Keef): The beat in this track hits and causes some head bobbing with the flow of the beat. Miller realizes that he is too rich for his age and sometimes doesn’t know what to do with all that money. Chief Keef comes in this track with authority on his verses. This track is fun, but doesn’t really stand out in the album, kind of feels generic on the instrumental side.
Ascension: This track is mellow and slow that has the drums slowly stepping along with the bassline slowly grooving in the background. This song has a preaching tone in Miller’s voice where he is seeing himself as a different man from the past. Miller keeps the introspective lyrics consistent, fitting the tone in the track as well. This song is a good choice for wanting to be alone in your thoughts as a way to improve oneself.
Jump: The instrumentals in this track give off a dance vibe, like an electronic artist produced this song. The beat is strong and the bass thumps as the hook builds up. The hook feels like a sample at an electronic festival where dancing is the most appropriate for this album. Miller seems to be optimistic on this side of the song where he chooses to jump into life’s risks.
The Festival (Ft. Little Dragon): This song is a sleepy, trippy journey towards the end of the album. The beat is soft and mellow, almost like coming down from a high. Miller raps in a mellow flow along with the beat. Little Dragon comes into the track as a way to guide the listener to the end of the track and album. The instrumentals in the track feel appropriate for the festival vibe, especially with its trippy approach.
This album is one of Mac Miller’s more complete albums. The tracks flow with cohesiveness without leaving the listener lost in the direction that Miller directs. Go:od AM is a more mature approach from Miller as well, with the more introspective takes on his lyrics, and his ability to open up his vulnerable side gives a deeper feeling with his tracks. This album also has solid production and instrumentals that are fun and full of attitude. Overall this album is Mac Miller’s best piece of work where the whole LP should be heard from beginning to end to capture the whole feeling.
The standout tracks: When in Rome, Break the Law, Weekend, and Two-Matches