Mac Miller: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Watch Mac Miller play "Small Worlds", "What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)" and "2009" at the Tiny Desk.

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Aug. 6, 2018 | Bobby Carter -- There was a shift in Mac Miller's boisterous demeanor as he started the third of his three-song Tiny Desk set. It's the first time he's performed tracks from his new album, Swimming, in front of an audience. On "2009," he rubbed his chin with clinched eyes, looking like a young man who's beginning to crack the code. Backed by a piano loop and a string quartet, he reflected on his journey's peaks and valleys thus far.

I ain't asking why no more
I know I'll take it if it's mine
I don't stay inside the lines
It ain't 2009 no more
Yeah, I know what's behind that door

With nearly a decade under his belt at 26 years old, these words ring like an artist twice his age.

We were introduced to Mac Miller via 2011's XXL Freshman Class, which featured a special crop of MCs such as Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and YG, all of whom are now considered in the upper echelon of hip-hop. After his big splash, he's been able to find a groove and consistently release quality rap records, ultimately keeping his name in the conversation with the other young greats. His 2011 album, Blue Slide Park, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independently distributed debut album to do so since 1995's Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound. These consecutive triumphs amassed plenty of fame, fortune and insurmountable obstacles, causing a stumble here and there. Throughout the years, however, Mac has brushed himself off and put it in the music.

For this performance, Mac Miller invited frequent collaborator Thundercat, who graced the Tiny Desk last year and will join Mac on tour this fall. Thundercat put on a dazzling shaker routine and played the deep centerpiece bass line on "What's The Use?" These Swimming iterations don't veer far away from the recorded versions, but here, his lyrics seem easier to interpret under live instrumentation.

Set List
"Small Worlds"
"What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)"

Mac Miller (Vocals), Thundercat (Bass), Justus West (Guitar), Klynik (Keys), Joe Cleveland (Bass), Kendall Lewis (Drums), Robin Fay-Massie (Violin), YaShauna Swan (2nd Violin), Lelia Walker (Viola), Melanie Hsu (Cello)

Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Beck Harlan, Khun Minn Ohn; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.

100+ comentarios:

Highlight Heaven
Highlight Heaven:
still coming back to this
Nichole DeJesus
Nichole DeJesus:
Tears, every time. This world isn’t the same without you, Mac
popular opinion: this is one of the best tiny desk concerts ever.
chase keith
chase keith:
Woppy Doddle
Woppy Doddle:
It ain’t 2009 no more, now it’s 2020. I wonder who’s been cutting onions.
FaZe Teeqo
FaZe Teeqo:
Every day. Every day I come here <3
filippo mynot
filippo mynot:
Man the secret of this concert is that the artist is singing song that he likes and not the most famous of his album, he is not promoting anything, he is not getting paid is just him singin his favorites songs and having fun wiht it. you can see it in this one the most.
Tita Tovenaar
Tita Tovenaar:
seriously why has this so many dislikes what a disrespect
Umar Khawaja
Umar Khawaja:
2009 is probably the most deepest lyrics I ever heard from Mac, I know he had a troubling career with drugs and relationships but this song right here has that purpose to keep on moving no matter the BS you or I’m going through. We will all make it just keep pushing

Hunter Rose
Hunter Rose:
Whoever put an ad in the middle of 2009 should be fired.
Nick B
Nick B:
shout out to Thunder Cat in the back just ROCKIN that shaker.
Hasun Darwiche
Hasun Darwiche:
I find myself here, every now and then.
ben g
ben g:
Thundercat on the shakers really brings small worlds together
my mind still cant accept mac's passing. miss u forever dude.
Bootleg Records
Bootleg Records:
Don't be sad that he's is gone be happy he was here
Matt Sully
Matt Sully:
Being realistic and honest... I listen to this 3 - 5 times a week. Its a masterpiece. Its funny how you can know someone so well that didnt even know you. R.I.P to a friend that I never met. Thankyou for showing us your emotions and views through your music Mac. Helps alot of people ❤
ADVISORY: This video will either give you goosebumps or make you tear up
Aaron Diaz
Aaron Diaz:
The first time that I said that a song made me happy was 100 Grandkids, when I was 11, starting at 13 I stopped so many anxiety attacks with his songs, I had my first makeout sessions with my first girlfriend with Divine Feminine in the background when I was 15, bumping his albums back to back every day and finding something new each time. PRICELESS memories that I cherish with all of my humanity. I have mourned you like the brother you were, Malcolm. Nobody can take the happiness that you gave me away from me. Fly high Malcolm, not a day goes by where your voice doesn't come to mind. I'll keep coming back to this video big bro. I'll take your memory to my grave❤
It’s crazy seeing all these comments from “2 days ago”... everyone’s always coming back to this
Woppy Doddle
Woppy Doddle:
It ain’t 2009 no more. Now it is 2020, and I wonder who has been cutting onions..,
Kev G
Kev G:
im so sad he's gone, and I really can't talk about it with anyone. And no one would understand. Ive followed Mac since the beginning. Idk if other people are still this sad about him. Even when I try to talk about it with my girlfriend or anything they just brush it off like it's nothing. But it really does make me so sad. I wish Mac was still here, I always looked forward to his new stuff so much. I really related to him so much and it destroys me to know that he's gone. Life really was better in 2009. Man....
If anyone could tell me where to buy the “don’t trip” he’s wearing that’d be awesome! Rest easy legend. 🙏🏻
Bricka Massoco Tomás
Bricka Massoco Tomás:
Everybody is having a good time, and thats ok.
M K:
it's a weird feeling to miss someone you never actually knew
Felipe Useche
Felipe Useche:
Everything in the world started going doing since Mac killed himself. The last sane man.
Rip mac. This tiny desk concert still brings tears to my eyes. Was supposed to see you again on your last tour in AZ. All love.
MWP 69
MWP 69:
Ok who would ever dislike this vid
Paul Yorston
Paul Yorston:
I am very sorry to have discovered Mac Miller after his departure.
The same thing happened to me with Chris Cornell.
I'm certainly not very knowledgeable but they both pierced my soul as soon as I heard them ... and they are gone
Good trip to them

Thank you Tiny Desk
Fly high did not get a chance to tell you my dad loved this video - Lil B
Bastien Fery
Bastien Fery:
2009 seriously one of the most beautiful song of the decade
Brendan Rudolph
Brendan Rudolph:
Petition to remove ads during this performance

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kgosi jimmy
kgosi jimmy:
He is the main reason why I never committed suicide. Him and 2Pac should share the same grave
Nathan Pruitt
Nathan Pruitt:
I wish all of the musicians in this video could get back together for an instrumental version of 2009 as a tribute. Including the same strings instrumentalists.
Snoozed Grace
Snoozed Grace:
Mac fans always find their way back to this performance.
Scott Miller
Scott Miller:
The level of legend that has Thundercat just hanging out with a shaker on the first song. Unreal
T Ward
T Ward:
The “2009” performance saved at least one life
daniel haines
daniel haines:
Mac was born to give us chills with his songs. Just listen man. That's it. Listen. ❄
Melanie Dewald
Melanie Dewald:
This album guided me, healed me and changed me. That's how I know you'll never be gone, because such a tangible part of you lives in my soul and I carry it with me everyday.

RIP Mac.
2 years since you are gone , tomorrow i will be 2 years sober .
i'm still here =/
Itwasgoingtobeinthisway Iknewit
Itwasgoingtobeinthisway Iknewit:
This is one of the best tiny desk concerts at least for me.
Oscar Cornejo
Oscar Cornejo:
amazing... is like he knew he was going to leave this world. RIP Mac
Ashley Dobson
Ashley Dobson:
This was a gift to his fans. The sound engineering and quality of npr tiny desk is top notch. I will always come back to this. Over and over Mac is still here for us 🧡
Keegen thong
Keegen thong:
Miller, Cobain, Ahr, Onfroy and Higgins:
What did they have in common?

They started off as misfits, but their creativity and expression led a whole generation to feel like they were home.

You all will be missed.
Fantastic Music
Fantastic Music:
RIP Malcolm another legend disappear, you inspired ton of persons.
anthony zimmer
anthony zimmer:
RIP, your gone but still making my days easier
Claudia Hinojosa
Claudia Hinojosa:
I didn’t new this singer....... I started watching this video by accident..... WOW.... love the music...... his performance so natural and original...Loved everthing. I cant’t belived his dead.... so young. Thank God we have this in video.... I’am going to start listening to his songs....
2009 sounds so beautiful in this setting, was never really a big fan of mac but this is so powerful 🖤
Glass Hafful
Glass Hafful:
Never listened to anything Mac Miller in my life. Watching this performance for atleast 30th time this year. Always start to finish.
Collin Abroadcast
Collin Abroadcast:
Why is this so soothing
Brandon Caguyong
Brandon Caguyong:
lyrically he's practically hip hop's tom waits
I feel like I can fall in love to this concert, make babies to it, get married to it, dance around with my future children to it, and die happy to it - it’s THAT perfect. Thanks for this gift and for blessing us with your amazing talent, Mac, you will live in all of us and your music will forever be timeless 💖
He knew he was gonna die soon. Even if he didn't.
Lachlan Issell
Lachlan Issell:
i want someone to look at me the way thundercat looks at mac
Dawsan N
Dawsan N:
sitting in qaurentine wishing this video never ended man still can't believe he's gone.
he really put one of the greatest bassists of all time to play a shaker 💀💀💀💀
Chandler Howell
Chandler Howell:
When Max performs 2009 I cry everytime. My buddy passed last year and he loved Mac. I hope they both are kickin it right now. Miss you Kyle. Love you bro
Jane Jones
Jane Jones:
People criticize Mac Miller's voice. But it isn't his voice that's important. It's the words, the rap, the beat. He's one of my favorities. I miss him so much.
Can’t stop coming back to this. I miss him
Rampage Studios
Rampage Studios:
Let's be honest, it isn't your first time here.. and it won't be your last 😔😤
Sarah Chen
Sarah Chen:
The violins really made me miss the soul of his music.
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson:
The funkiest performance to grace NPR's Tiny Desk. Never gets old
Every time I hear the guitar opening for what’s the use, I think of George Benson Jazz Music! I love it!
Faux Paw
Faux Paw:
NPR I appreciate that you need ads to support your very excellent work, but can we please not interrupt a song with one? Especially 2009, it feels insulting to Mac's memory.
Paulo Nideck - Inglês direto ao ponto
Paulo Nideck - Inglês direto ao ponto:
Deeeeeeeeeeeep bass
Jack Nightingale
Jack Nightingale:
Every Tiny Desk Concert means something, to someone. This one is special. Just so cool.
John Ohkuma Thiel
John Ohkuma Thiel:
That bass player makes me want to switch to bass.

Also, I never listed to Mac Miller before, but such an amazing sense of rhythm and timing, I will definitely seek to hear more.

You could seriously do a bit with just the bass player and Mac Miller.

Next tune, is that a six string bass?! Hey Santa, I want one!
alexboutabag onYT
alexboutabag onYT:
rest in paradise mac
Marceline Ingot
Marceline Ingot:
I miss Mac more than any other artist that died too soon.
Sierra who?
Sierra who?:
1:50 his the guy in the blue hat’s big moment
Listen the whispers between mac´s voice... 11:20 is like someone say: "is a beautiful thing baby" after mac, and then say "Let me tell you some bout music" BUT BEFORE MAC.
Cream Candle
Cream Candle:
he mixed up "And I ain't never in a hurry
You don't ever gotta worry" and still made it work, what a king ❤️️
Matthew Sommerville
Matthew Sommerville:
After seeing this I immediately understand why so many people loved him. Fantastic backing band too.
Billy Bob
Billy Bob:
We are all growing old, and look at him staying young forever.
alan hernandez ramirez
alan hernandez ramirez:
9:40 his reaction after thundercat's crazy fill
2009 still brings a tear to my eye. Rest easy Mac
Marcella Cruz
Marcella Cruz:
Quanto que eu amo, meu Deus
AztecsMyth | FJPS3Lead
AztecsMyth | FJPS3Lead:
man look at these guys having a blast when jamming, thats all its about
Phil Gorecki
Phil Gorecki:
Love seeing him jamming out like this. It's so beautiful and pure.
Tyrone McKenney
Tyrone McKenney:
The fact that he had all minorities in his band says so much about his appreciation of OUR culture. Mac, we love you. We miss you, and 2009 will always be one of my favorite songs. Thank you for your contribution to the industry.
The entire Swimming album helped me through so much when it was released. Rip Mac, wish you were still here with us 😢
Carson Barnes
Carson Barnes:
This was one of my first impressions of mac. I was so late to the game, but so grateful he's in my life now. You have inspired me to do more than I ever could have imagined. No one has ever affected my life in the way that you did, ever. I am so thankful for you, and for this, and for all of you that has helped me in my life. Rest In Peace.
Ali B
Ali B:
Me trying to sleep at 4 am...
My brain : Go watch Mac Miller’s tiny desk concert for the ten thousandth time.
Milan Van Luyn
Milan Van Luyn:
Watching this every single f*king day

This is life
You'll never hear another version of Whats The Use as unique as this, Mac stepping off key to improvise the vocal melodies a little, just feeding off of Thundercats energy.
I wish we could've heard circles at tiny desk, I wanted Hand me downs so much, such a wonderful song, we miss you Mac Miller Rest peacefully
Juan M Garcia Valenz
Juan M Garcia Valenz:
I have watched this concert everyday since he passed. It helps me get through the day, RIP EASY MAC!!
I love how thundercat flew to the US in the middle of a Europe tour just to perform with Mac. What a guy.
He really was vibing to his own music. Moreso than what he put on the album. Its a magical thing when an artist can appreciate that they've made something for themselves to paint a picture from words and feelings. R.i.p Mac
not yet
not yet:
He thought me some things without even trying, we miss this man
bre m
bre m:
“And I'm a pro when it come to my job
But really I'm just tryna start believin' in God”

i felt that one...

Mark Lacheta
Mark Lacheta:
That's thundercat on the shaker. lol. That's just awesome. Everyone misses you mac :(
Connor Reid
Connor Reid:
I was 11 in 2009. My dad had just come out as gay n I was in year 6 at school. The kids werent nice before then but everything changed that year, I told my best friend about what was going on at home and she told everyone else in an attempt to make fun of me n get more recognition from the rest of the kids. The next three years were hell. Getting physically fucked up for what my dad liked, getting interrogated about my sexuality in English class, and spending my lunches and recess' just wandering alone listening to mac and just trying to avoid the kids who made my life shit. But to this day I look back on those years as what shaped me into the man I am today and I can't thank you enough for that mac. You'll be in my ears and heart forever. Much love. Rip mac. It definetly ain't 2009 no more.
Too Dapper
Too Dapper:
Rest In Piece to a Legend - I only hope to emulate some of your word choice and transparency in my own music. Far too often this video puts me in a creative space, one I can't explore because of how petrified I am by the sadness.
I’m 16 years old for context. Listening to Mac’s early work reminds me how it feels to be a teenager and have fun. Me and my friends always listen to his early stuff when we hang out. But his later stuff is what I heard first. This tiny desk concert was one of the first things I had ever seen of him. It’s so beautiful and I come back to it often. And especially today it makes me so sad but also makes me happy to know how much his music connected with so many of us. Circles has been one of my favorite albums ever. I’m sorry I’m rambling. In short, I love you Mac. You’re an inspiration to me and so many others. Rest easy king. 😔❤️
Oliver Lester
Oliver Lester:
Never been a fan of rap, but that "2009" song is deep.
I remember being 11 listening to best day ever and keep floatin and always wearing snapbacks with button up shirts cuz of mac, haha man it feels weird missin the guy even tho i didnt know him at all, but mac played a big influence in my life, love you man💔
Inigo Henares
Inigo Henares:
Son: Dad, why is my sister's name Rose?
Dad: Because your Mother loves roses.
Son: Thanks, Dad.
Dad: No problem, Mac Miller: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
This was in my recommendation feed and I watched it. All of it. Never heard of the dude. Came back the next day to watch it again and while watching it decided to do some research on who he is. Imagine my absolute disbelief that he was gone from an overdose. Just from watching this alone I could tell he was a sincere and gentle person. I'm sure his parents are devastated.