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.

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Thank God Mac left this for us 😭
Relax and Travel
Relax and Travel:
to everyone who is doing homework, leave the chat, breathe slowly, take a sip of water, and focus

to everyone who is trying to sleep, leave the chat, grab a blanket, and get the rest you deserve.

to everyone who is feeling sad, grab a snack, get some water, get a blanket, and write down your thoughts. when you're done, lay down, and get some rest, no matter the time.

to everyone who is drawing, you got this. you're art is amazing. keep your head up (or down, depends on where your paper is) and remember that you matter.

i love you all
Alexander Stevens
Alexander Stevens:
YouTube should feel ashamed that they interrupt this masterpiece with ads.
I’m back again... not a surprise, not disappointed, life’s as good as it can be rn Mac. See you in another couple months.
Highlight Heaven
Highlight Heaven:
still coming back to this
Emmm S
Emmm S:
Doesn’t matter how long it took you to get here, it only matters that you did. Life with Mac’s sound in it was so necessary it seemed... Thanks for giving him love, dead or alive. Music is a beautiful thing.
Tatts By Eric
Tatts By Eric:
It's like his soul had already crossed over but his body was here for us all to see.Talented dude and very missed
Official Samson
Official Samson:
can’t be the only that comes back for 2009 🥺
"Music is a beautiful thing"
*Violins for 2009 start playing*
Dont make me cry dog
FaZe Teeqo
FaZe Teeqo:
Every day. Every day I come here <3
Crazy how I came back to this and everyone seems to be doing the same the past few days, something upsetting but equally calming about this
Conner Murray
Conner Murray:
“Music is a beautiful thing” - Mac Miller
Mac you left us with some of the greatest music there is... and I hate that you left us so soon but your in a better place love you Mac🙏🏻
Femi Oye
Femi Oye:
Look how mac miller was enjoing the moment, without knowing he will die a month after. This video makes me think that life can end in any moment. So enjoy life, enjoy the moment, enjoy music, like mac miller did here. Such a very good artist, R. I.P mac miller.
Annette Rhoads
Annette Rhoads:
I'm 68. And I love this. I never forget to come back to it. He had/has some sort magic...Stay safe, Everyone.
Jackuppy 99
Jackuppy 99:
nothing better than listening to this at the lows then coming back to listen at the highs. Mac you’ve been with me thru it all. Fly high king 🕊
Dotty 84
Dotty 84:
The bass line for 'What's the use' is unreal.
my man thundercat is a god on that shaker
Cheerio Jack
Cheerio Jack:
The vibe in the room is EXTREMELY positive, love the way everyone is smiling at each other and enjoying their time together. :)
my mind still cant accept mac's passing. miss u forever dude.
Dang It
Dang It:
Whoever put a ad in the middle of 2009 don’t trip it’s good i forgive u but come on we gotta do better
Whoever put ads in this vid needs to be fired
Brandon D
Brandon D:
This rendition of 2009 is the most beautiful song that I’ve ever heard. I wish it was available elsewhere.
I really like "What's the Use?" especially that strong, funky bass line.
Third High Productions
Third High Productions:
i listen to this almost daily
Kenny Culler
Kenny Culler:
2009 hits so differently without Mac. World lost the greatest artist ever
Chase god
Chase god:
What is goin on in the 14k people's lives that disliked this. Especially w thundercat on the shaker, c'mon now.
Craig O
Craig O:
I think Thundercat wanted to prove a point after that shaker comment...even Mac was smiling at those riffs
Glad to see people still coming back and enjoying this record to this day
It’s crazy seeing all these comments from “2 days ago”... everyone’s always coming back to this

Edit: what do you know I’m back again seeing the same thing...
Sara Spruth
Sara Spruth:
"The world is so small til it ain't"
Vanessa Frazier
Vanessa Frazier:
Mac was as humble as musicians get. He has taught his listeners so much.
Urbain Delva
Urbain Delva:
The greatest thing about Mac was how he evolved his music into a more personal, introspective look inside the man himself. God love his soul forever
Nazareth Perez
Nazareth Perez:
mac: “that’s thundercat on the shaker. that was beautiful”

thundercat: “and i took that personally”
M K:
it's a weird feeling to miss someone you never actually knew
Emilio Ramirez-Guanche
Emilio Ramirez-Guanche:
this live version of 2009 is better than the original... Rest good Mac. Your legend is still alive, and will be for much longer..
Nicolas San Martin
Nicolas San Martin:
december 2020 and still missing Mac, it ain't 2009 no more I think...
Joey Ganja Seeds
Joey Ganja Seeds:
Mac Miller : *Breathes*
Room: *Erupts in schoolgirl laughter*
J G:
This Tiny Desk is how I discovered Mac and then a month later he was gone :(
2 years since you are gone , tomorrow i will be 2 years sober .
i'm still here =/
This video makes me cry sometimes. Not every time, but sometimes. We lost such a beautiful soul. R.I.P. Mac ❤️
Jamey Strauss
Jamey Strauss:
why do i have to hear about google nest hub in the middle of a good cry
Good Vibes
Good Vibes:
Everybody is now finding Mac, I’m grateful for it just don’t play out the only music he left.
Mariapaola Maggioni
Mariapaola Maggioni:
I'm 56 and coming here every single day.
Fantastic Music
Fantastic Music:
RIP Malcolm another legend disappear, you inspired ton of persons.
Viani Roach
Viani Roach:
You can see Mac and Thundercat were close, the way they were playing around and laughing😢
Mike -
Mike -:
0:20-4:38 Small Worlds
5:45-10:03 What's the Use
11:42-16:32 2009
Hi to everyone who comes back here everyday to appreciate true artistry.
Thabang Letsoso
Thabang Letsoso:
No surprise I'm not the only 1 who can't stop coming back to this masterpiece. Mac fans stay winning 🙏🏾
Collin Abroadcast
Collin Abroadcast:
Why is this so soothing
P Riggi
P Riggi:
Never heard of this guy before but now hooked..NPR tiny desk really show the raw talent of the artists and musicians that they should release these concerts as their records.
Roberto Herrera
Roberto Herrera:
Look at him, staying young forever while we grow older.
Brandon Swinson
Brandon Swinson:
I love the moment at 9:39 - Thundercat throws a nasty improvised riff down and the keyboardist just shakes his head lol
Ian Winkler
Ian Winkler:
Props to whoever put Thunder Cat on Songsterr, fun bassline.
popular opinion: this is one of the best tiny desk concerts ever.
cloudy withachanceofawesome
cloudy withachanceofawesome:
i'd love to see how i'm doing next time i come back to this, so hey future me you got this :)
edwardo Dejesus
edwardo Dejesus:
Like alot of fans here, I'm still coming back and tear up everytime. Just to remind you. we miss you and we love you.
Alex Richter
Alex Richter:
I just realized this was released just about a month before he has passed away.... The lyrics sound different, might be its just my imagination trying to find something.. 3:47
Thanks for being there Macie<3 And yeah for being, cuz you still are :)
Jon Infante
Jon Infante:
What breaks my heart is that within a month of this being posted,Mac passed away
Snoozed Grace
Snoozed Grace:
Mac fans always find their way back to this performance.
Tom Erickson
Tom Erickson:
if only someone would look at me the way the guitar player looks at thundercat during the entrance solo on whats the use...
Murdo Macgregor
Murdo Macgregor:
I’m gonna be watching this video until the day I die. Long live Mac Miller, we miss you man.
7:56 when Mac gets choked up over how filthy that thundercat lick was gets me every time man 😂
Yo Muddahh
Yo Muddahh:
Can we acknowledge the dude playing maracas in the first song then slaps a six string bass in the second song
Rampage Studios
Rampage Studios:
Let's be honest, it isn't your first time here.. and it won't be your last 😔😤
Roy Amkies
Roy Amkies:
Every time I come here I'm amazed by Mac's guitarists professionalism
So subtle, precise doesnt steal focus yet adds alot of character to the track
Guitarists, take notes!
Coming here every day to listen to this masterpiece. Surprisingly, the thing that always gets me most is his laughter in the last few seconds when the screen already turned black... Shows how much he loves what he was doing. RIP Malcom
Anthony Edward
Anthony Edward:
The "have a great day" at the end made me a feel a certain way.
Eran cohen
Eran cohen:
He is so happy during the show until 2009 comes up and everything comes up
Paulo Nideck - Inglês direto ao ponto
Paulo Nideck - Inglês direto ao ponto:
Deeeeeeeeeeeep bass
Simire Foulks
Simire Foulks:
First time watching this since he past. Fighting back tears of joy. Miss this guy. 💙
Ryan V
Ryan V:
I still can’t believe he’s gone.
Steve Wynn
Steve Wynn:
Is James Lebron doing side work on the drums
Manuel Bonilla
Manuel Bonilla:
it still doesn’t feel real he’s gone. such a beautiful soul and musical genius. i miss when swimming first dropped. i miss when GO:OD AM dropped, it got me through high school. rest easy mac
Alex G
Alex G:
hey Mac, just came to hang out with you for a little while. miss you bro.
chenel samuels
chenel samuels:
I wish I could go back in time and pull him out off the dark place he was at, just like he did for me with '2009'
Nil Camprodon
Nil Camprodon:
I wonder what's the reason behind the 14000 people who disliked
did they know they would record such a legendary video? this will live on and on forever... <3
James Eason
James Eason:
just a fan that had a breakdown, and mac built me up.. again.
Dawsan N
Dawsan N:
sitting in qaurentine wishing this video never ended man still can't believe he's gone.
Mike Daniel
Mike Daniel:
"2009" is a masterpiece, I constantly come back to this video skip to "2009". I love this rendition with live instruments especially the violins. Awesome just awesome.
This is such an incredible live performance, definitely one of the best of the year really. Maybe of the last couple of years even. Everyone showed up and killed it, amazing.
Dillan Wu
Dillan Wu:
we miss you Mac, a lot
Maria Melendez
Maria Melendez:
“Music is a beautiful thing” pure soul
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.
Liam Willenberg
Liam Willenberg:
Mac was such a fun, goofy guy, i wish i could have seen him live or even better, meet him. but ill see you in paradise mac, Rest Easy king
daniel montavo
daniel montavo:
For real, NPR music blessed us forever with this video
Bryan Purcell
Bryan Purcell:
Listening to macs discography is a bitter sweet experience. Staring from his early stuff where everything is him having a good time then going further and further down this sad path where drugs and bad relationships ruined his soul. R.i.p
whats new
whats new:
November 2020 still rocking a good man, rest in peace ... The world so small ....
Billy Bob
Billy Bob:
We are all growing old, and look at him staying young forever.
Lofi Jams
Lofi Jams:
​love this , hopes everyone having a good day and stay safe ❤
rip Mac miller
ang3l .o_o
ang3l .o_o:
11:45 for whoever is looking for “2009”
Andy Redick
Andy Redick:
I will never tire of listening to this session. Real Mac, real talent. RIP
Davi Jones
Davi Jones:
these people man they are wonderful i love them all very much.
Tom Morgan
Tom Morgan:
Is it just me, or is the audio quality of these Tiny Desk shows just absolutely outstanding?
“You didn’t come into this world. You came out of it, like a wave from the ocean. You are not a stranger here.” – Alan Watts
Randall D.
Randall D.:
Learning that Ariana used crickets in the background of “Positions” to honor Mac brought me here
Studio PlopMemes
Studio PlopMemes:
can we just appreciate how thundercat can play the bass so good and play the egg shakers also as a god
Michael cook
Michael cook:
The live version of 2009 in this is a masterpiece.