Mac Miller Kicks off GO:OD AM Tour in Pittsburgh [Giveaway]
Mac Miller is long past the days of his fresh-on-the-scene, Pittsburgh Kid persona. Just short of a decade ago, he crept swiftly onto the radar with several releases and mixtapes that quickly gained local traction, allowing him to become an established figurehead in Pittsburgh hip-hop. It was 2010 when he hit the ground running on his pursuit towards a dedicated career in music. His debut album, “Blue Slide Park,” received massive attention and mixed reviews; but nonetheless, created a solid groundwork for his future endeavors, and wiggle room to continue developing as an artist.
Since then, he’s built upon that foundation and continued to deliver a stream of progressive content, releasing a second studio album and multiple mixtapes in between; most noteably and more recently, his “Macadelic” (2012) and “Faces” (2014) mixtapes. Now he’s on the brink of releasing his third studio album, “GO:OD AM,” this September, stating on his Tumblr page that this is the “most excited he’s ever been for a project.”
Needless to say, we’re looking forward to it, as well. His latest work has adopted a sound more forthcoming, more mature, and more prevalent than ever before. A few weeks back, he dropped “100 Grandkids,” one of the first official releases off the new album. Play it through once, and there’s no denying that he bodied the beat and wordplay.
Though his lyrical game has only continued to improve, Mac stays true to his roots when it comes to production. For his latest release, he’s linked up with none other than the masterminds at Pittsburgh-based recording and production studio, ID Labs.
Comprised of founder and audio engineer, Eric Dan, and producer/mixer, Big Jerm, the duo always comes correct in regards to seamless, forward-thinking production quality. Since the early 2000s, the Lab has become a hub for Pittsburgh artists and producers alike – i.e. Mac, Wiz Khalifa, Sledgren, Chevy Woods – to articulate their ideas and perfect their craft.
Mac spent months in the Lab with the duo, brainstorming, hypothesizing, collaborating and finalizing the project from start to finish. The final tracklist contains 17 cuts, and includes features from the likes of Ab-Soul, Little Dragon, Miguel, Lil B and Chief Keef. Its release date is Sept. 18.*
With the majority of the production (and all of the mixing) done here in Pittsburgh, mastering was then completed by nationally acclaimed master engineer, Chris Athens (Texas), who’s been accredited to artist works ranging from Rick Ross, to N.E.R.D., to India Arie.
Mac Miller hits Pittsburgh on the first stop of his GO:OD AM Tour Sunday, Sept. 20 at Stage AE with local talents, Choo Jackson and The Come Up. Doors open at 7PM, and tickets start at $29.50. Ticketholders will also receive a free, digital copy of the album with their purchase.
*Editors Note: Mac’s album leaked a few days early! Give it a full listen here:
Additionally, we’re giving away two free tickets to one lucky winner. You can enter to win them below: