Album Review | Mac Miller – The Divine Feminine

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This album was released on September 16th this year. I really don’t know how I’m gonna feel about this album. I remember enjoying GO:OD AM a lot when I first heard it, but I literally haven’t gone back to that album a single time since I reviewed it. It’s just been sitting in my iTunes catching virtual dust. Mac Miller is just super uninteresting to me as an MC. I guess that’s why I haven’t gone back to it. I remember really liking the production, but that’s pretty much it from what I can remember, and I personally value lyricism over production, so it had very little replay value. Hopefully this album will be better tho. I haven’t really seen anyone else talk about this project. I remember people really liking that Dang! track tho. There are only 10 tracks, but this album is 52 minutes long. I hope this review doesn’t take too long. The songs average about 5 minutes and 20 seconds each. I guess that’s not too bad. I’m expecting this to be alright I guess. I definitely don’t think it’ll be bad. I’m a big fan of Larry Fisherman, so I’m kinda disappointed that Mac didn’t handle any of the production himself, but I guess it’s not that big of a deal. I’m sure the beat’s’ll be good.

Track 1: Congratulations Feat. Bilal (Prod. Aja Grant)

Alright, I started this review about two weeks ago, and I still have not listened to a single second of this album. I’m so sorry. I just can’t bring myself to listen to this shit. I needed a break tho. I’m finally ready to listen to this shit. It’s starting now. “The Divine Feminine, an album by Mac Miller.” Ugh… This is some serious nitpicking, but I hate when artists break the fourth wall like that. I fucking know what album I’m listening to. Jesus. It’s really not that big of a deal tho. I’m just being an asshole. So, I guess this whole album is gonna be about relationships and shit, huh? That’s bad news for me… Y’all know I don’t like love songs. Whatever. I’m sure the whole album won’t be too sappy… Okay, yeah I was wrong. He’s already repeating the word “love” over and over again. This production is fucking NICE tho. It’s just a really soft piano melody. Uh oh. He’s singing. It’s not really that bad I guess. I can’t really say I’m enjoying it tho. Gotdamn. This production is fucking gorgeous. This is probably one of the best instrumentals I’ve heard all year. As far as the production goes, this track is dope af. Mac’s actually rapping now. I’m about halfway through the song. The verse just ended. It was cool I guess. His flow wasn’t bad. The lyrics were fine. It’s a Mac Miller verse. Nothing about it was really bad, but his vocal tone was pretty boring, and there weren’t really any standout lines. I guess this is gonna be one of those albums where the only thing I’m really interested in is the production. I know this is kinda fucked up to say, but I hope he releases an instrumental version of this album. He’s singing again. Why didn’t he just have Bilal do all the singing? Fuck, man. I really love the production & Bilal sounds fantastic on the outro. That’s really it tho. I wish I liked this more than I do. It’s alright tho. It’s definitely not bad. I just don’t know if I’d wanna come back to it personally. 3/5

Track 2: Dang! Feat. Anderson .Paak (Prod. Pomo)

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Gotdamn… I haven’t worked on this review in like two weeks. Yeah. It’s been ANOTHER two weeks. I’m 18 now. It’s not just this album tho. I haven’t listened to a single new song as an adult. I’ve just been super depressed and I haven’t felt like doing anything, but I’m feeling better right now, so here we go. I’ve heard a lot of great things about this track, so maybe I’ll actually end up enjoying it. It’s starting now. This beat is dope af. Anderson .Paak of course killed the hook. This shit is smooth as FUCK. Good lord. Okay, this is really good so far. The first verse from Mac was cool. I wasn’t really that impressed by it, but it wasn’t bad. I’m enjoying this one. Man, Anderson .Paak sounds perfect over this beat. Everything I said the first verse applies to the second one as well. Whatever Mac says kinda just goes in one ear and out the other. I’m really enjoying this sonically tho. It just ended. Yeah. I like this one. I don’t know how much I’ll be returning to it since I really just like the beat and hook, but it’s still dope to me. 4/5

Track 3: Stay (Prod. Frank Dukes & I.D. Labs)

Maaaan… I’m tellin’ yall, the fucking proDUCtion on this album is absolutely heavenly. This hook isn’t really doing much for me. It’s cool tho. The first verse was alright I guess. Man. I feel like I’m just gonna keep repeating myself for every track. This is cool sonically. Aside from that tho… I don’t know man. It’s just not interesting to me at all. Even his flow and delivery aren’t really pulling me in. If this was an instrumental album I’d love it. I hate to be a dick, but I kinda wish these beats were given to some other rapper. Mac Miller’s just not for me I guess. As soon as I hear his voice I get put to sleep. This actually kinda sounds like something that could’ve been on Coloring Book, and y’all know I wasn’t really a fan of that project. I don’t even think this is a bad song. It’s just not really doing anything for me. It’s alright. It’s definitely not wack. It’s just not good to me. 3/5

Track 4: Skin (Prod. JMSN & Garcia Bros.)

This beat is pretty damn smooth. Ehhh… Uh oh… I’m really not feelin’ the way Mac’s singing on this shit… Nah. “I lick my fingertips and get your clitoris in the mix / My dick on business trips / My tongue twistin’ is ticklin’ just a little bit / I’m swimmin’ inside of your skin like a river in the Caribbean.” Nah. I don’t like the lyrics. I don’t like his singing. This is actually kinda… I don’t know. I like the beat, but this is kinda corny. This just sounds like a super cliché sex song. I’m sure plenty of white kids will have their virginity taken to this shit. I think this is the first song that I actually dislike. Even the songs that I wasn’t really feelin’ before weren’t bad. This is pretty wack to me tho. This doesn’t appeal to me in any way. The beat’s cool, but the subject matter & Mac’s vocals are pretty bad. I’m not feelin’ this one. 2/5

Track 5: Cinderella Feat. Ty$ (Prod. DJ Dahi, Gitty & Santos Colón)

Ty$ is singing his ass off on this hook. I like Ty$. From what I’ve heard, the content of his music usually isn’t very appealing to me, but I think he has a good voice. I like this hook. This beat is dope too. Man… I actually REALLY like this hook. This is dope af sonically. Ty$ did a fantastic job. It’s kinda long winded, but I don’t even really mind. The verse from Mac was alright I guess. Man… He really just isn’t for me. Nothing about his verse stands out. I don’t even really care for the subject matter of this song. It’s just so good sonically that I don’t care. I think I might even like this one more than Dang! I’ll have to go back and re-listen to that track one more time to see if I really do. I feel the same way about the second verse that I felt about every other verse from Mac on this album so far. It was fine. His voice man… It just puts me to sleep. Shit, he sounds like he’s about to fall asleep himself. Actually, it kinda sounds like he just got his dick sucked. I guess that’s kinda fitting since he’s been talking about sex throughout this whole project. I haven’t really minded it too much. I think he’s doing a decent job of not getting too vulgar. There are some exceptions tho. Anyway, this song is nowhere near perfect to me, but I definitely enjoyed it. This is dope. It’d be a lot better without that unnecessary outro with Mac singing tho. That almost ruined this shit for me. 4/5

Track 6: Planet God Damn Feat. Njomza (Prod. Vinylz, Frank Dukes & Aja Grant)

Alright, I think he’s trying to pick things up with a more uptempo track now. I’m actually getting through this album pretty quickly. I wish it was the weekend so I could just do the whole thing right away. I have shit to do after this song tho. I’ll probably finish it tomorrow. Or maybe later tonight. Anyway, this beat is cool. The first verse did nothing for me. It was fine tho. I didn’t think it was wack. It just wasn’t really good to me. The hook from Njomza didn’t really do anything for me either. This honestly might be the least interesting track on the whole album so far for me. It’s not my least favorite song. I think it’s the most boring one tho. I’m not feelin’ the second verse. “Girl what’s on your brain? ‘Cause that head is stupid / Lotta people suck a dick, but you can execute it / Perfect timing; don’t you add another second to it / Don’t you ever ever ever ever ever do it.” That was awful. Actually, you know what? I think this IS my least favorite track on the album. I think. I gotta go back and listen to Skin again one more time to confirm. This shit is wack to me tho. 2/5

Track 7: Soulmate (Prod. Dâm Funk, MisterNeek & I.D. Labs)

Damn… This is about to be one sappy ass song. This intro is long as fuck. It’s a sample of Robin Williams talking in Good Will Hunting. Man… Mac’s voice is just so… I don’t know. I just don’t like it. He’s singing the first verse. It’s not very good. This beat is incredible tho. I NEED an instrumental version of this album. I’d buy the fuck outta that shit. I’m not feelin’ this hook. This second verse is pretty bad too. It’s fine lyrically I guess, but his delivery and flow are putting me to sleep. But GOTDAMN this beat is gorgeous. This is just like the majority of the other tracks. I’m not really feelin’ it, but the production is way too good for me to say this is a bad song. It’s alright. 3/5

Track 8: We Feat. Cee-Lo Green (Prod. Frank Dukes)

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This beat is pretty good. I’m not as impressed as I was by the other ones, but it’s still good. This hook is boring as fuck tho. Why didn’t he have Cee-Lo sing the hook? He probably just did a bridge or something. This is easily one of the most boring tracks on the album so far. Honestly… The beat is cool, but I don’t even know if I’d download the instrumental version. It’s definitely my least favorite beat so far. It’s not bad tho. Cee-Lo sounded pretty good on the bridge. I think that’s the only aspect of this song that I enjoy. I don’t really like this one. Nothing about it is even bad. It’s just really not that good to me. I wouldn’t ever wanna come back to this. It’s fine tho. 3/5

Track 9: My Favorite Part Feat. Ariana Grande (Prod. MusicManTy)

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Oh shitfuck. Okay this production is amazing. Oh God… Mac is singing… I’m not gonna like this shit. He sounds bad… If he had a better voice I’d probably like this more. I just can’t do it tho. I’m not feelin’ the hook. He’s not a very talented singer. This is like when J. Cole sings. At least J. Cole is more interesting lyrically tho. Ariana actually sounded REALLY good on the bridge. She should’ve just taken this beat and made her own song with it. Again, I don’t think this is bad. I just wish Mac Miller was a better vocalist. I loved the beat, and Ariana sounded great. This song is fine. I just wouldn’t come back to it personally. I’d be fine with it if it came on the radio tho. 3/5

Track 10: God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty Feat. Kendrick Lamar (Prod. Tae Beast, Aja Grant & Robert Glasper)

Okay, last track. This review has taken an absurd amount of time. This song is starting now. Oh FUCK. Okay, yeah. This beat is fucking awesome. Kendrick’s singing the hook right now, and he sounds amazing. It’s kinda hard to take seriously when he says “sexy nasty,” but the shit sounds fantastic. This is my favorite hook on the album. As you can probably tell from the title, this track is about sex. I’m actually really enjoying this one tho. The subject matter isn’t for me, but I like Mac’s flow. Damn. I even like the way Mac sounds when he starts singing. Maybe it’s because this beat has that really deep, slow bass. It complements his weak sounding voice well. This is actually really good. I think this is my favorite song on the album. I loved Mac’s flow on the second verse. This is dope af to me. I could’ve done without that long ass outro tho. It was some old lady talking about how she loves her husband. I don’t really give a shit about that. The piano interlude from Robert Glasper was fantastic. I can easily remove the outro with GarageBand too. This is a legitimately great song. 5/5

Final Thoughts:

This album is alright. I kinda enjoyed it. A little bit. Not really tho. Lemme get the obvious pros outta the way. The production on this album is absolutely fantastic. It’s fucking gorgeous. Just from an instrumental standpoint, this might actually be the best album I’ve heard all year. It’s amazing. The features were pretty good. I didn’t really hate any of them. I know this is gonna sound really harsh, but if I’m being completely honest, Mac Miller is easily my least favorite thing about this album. He’s just such an uninteresting artist to me. There’s not a single thing about him that stands out to me. His lyrics, flows, and voice just bore me to death. I frankly don’t really get the appeal. I kinda feel the same way about Mac Miller that I do about Curren$y. The only difference is Mac Miller is an incredibly talented producer, and has a much better ear for beats. Honestly… That’s pretty much all I have to say. I didn’t like anything Mac did on this. He was tolerable at best. Without the features and superlative production, this would be one of the most boring albums I’ve heard this year. It’s fine tho. I think it’s worth listening to for the production. At this point, I’m pretty sure that I’m just not a Mac Miller fan, and I don’t see that ever changing. This album is okay tho.

Favorite Song: God Is Fair, Sexy Nasty

Least Favorite Song: Planet God Damn

Verdict:

64%

60-69

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One comment

  1. Know what you mean, I like his beat choices. Lyrically he ain’t for me; though I won’t down anyone listening to his works, but the best way to suffice his music is just background “smoke-and-chill” music, not anything that’s meant to entice and grab your attention.

    You’d be better off copping that new E-40 imo.

    Peace

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