Song Review: Mac Miller, ‘Dang!’
Written by Tyler Thompson on July 31, 2016
Single Review: Dang!
Artists: Mac Miller & Anderson .Paak
Record Label: Warner Bros. Records Inc.
Release Date: July 29, 2016
As the eve of summer is upon us, Mac Miller and Anderson .Paak deliver on dance charged single, “Dang!”.
For those who are unaware, .Paak is a west-coast hip-hop sensation whose stardom has jettisoned since the release of his hit album Malibu. .Paak has been immoderately featured by recognizable artists in the past year such as Dr. Dre, Domo Genesis, Schoolboy Q and The Game.
Miller, who released GO:OD AM last year, has announced the follow up to his 2015 success, Divine Feminine, the album said to house features with Kendrick Lamar, Cee-Lo, Robert Glasper and more to come. In an interview with Zane Lowe at Beats 1 Radio on thursday, Miller detailed the album:
“”It was actually a concept that was told to me about just the energy of the world being a female energy, the energy of the planet,” Miller said of of the album’s title during his interview with Lowe. “And just kind of like how that mirrors the soul of a woman, and you know, like Mother Earth and falling in love with the universe.” – Quote from Rolling Stone, Althea Legaspi
“Dang!” opens up with an upbeat drum segment as the foundation of the track partnered by charming electric chords that soothes the listener. As the track progresses, more dance elements are thrown into the mix as Miller and .Paak rap and swoon over the instrumental mixed by Pomo. Pomo ensures that the listener is constantly entertaining with rising energy second after second; creating an atmosphere painting a sweltering dusk in paradise on a Summer night – grooving as the sun goes down.
Lyrically, Miller and.Paak team up to supplicate their fem to stay around as the hook bangs, “Can’t keep losing you”. Both rappers emphasize mistakes made chiming in on fear of commitment,
“I know I ain’t a saint, if it ain’t too late well…
I can’t keep on losing you, I run away so fast
Know my heart like gold but it break like glass
Knowing shit get old when I act so young.”
- Lyrics from Genius.com
Miller and.Paak playfully go back in forth in their respected verses and trading hook commands. The chemistry is natural for two rappers who hail from different coasts. Miller has set the tone for his new album emphatically, the concept is exciting and the energy of the single has me impatiently awaiting Divine Feminine’s release date, set to drop on Sept. 16.
Enjoy the final releases of July folks.