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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)"
"2009"
Musicians
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)
Credits
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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Dr6Rockso66
Dr6Rockso66 7 horas atrás
@Kev. 1 ww a
Kev. 1
Kev. 1 3 dias atrás
Rip Mac!
Joaquín
Joaquín 3 dias atrás
lol
Luke J
Luke J 4 minutos atrás
My one regret in life is not meeting Mac before he left us. All i want to do is thank him. Most Dope forever ❤️
Plinio Cruz
Plinio Cruz 37 minutos atrás
We miss you Mac !!!!
TooGood
TooGood 38 minutos atrás
his laugh at 9:14 I miss this beautiful soul :( sad to think a month later we lost him...
DevanThatDude
DevanThatDude 3 horas atrás
bro you gotta be a real sucka for disliking this video.smh on you.
yao yaoya
yao yaoya 4 horas atrás
Oh... Mac🥺
raffs
raffs 5 horas atrás
6:00
Crimson Chin
Crimson Chin 6 horas atrás
2021
Preston Britton
Preston Britton 6 horas atrás
He was clearly asking for help and we were all so blind
Celiscissorhands
Celiscissorhands 8 horas atrás
I miss you mac 😔
Michael Gantt
Michael Gantt 8 horas atrás
"rather have my piece of mind than wooo" this line hits on the drug abuse so much when you think you out you aint...hope his mom has peace
Randy Hernandez
Randy Hernandez 10 horas atrás
5.16.2021 visiting Sedona jamming Mack. 🙏🏽
Zari Charisamor Zapatos
Zari Charisamor Zapatos 11 horas atrás
The Bassline on what's the use is 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥
Heather Huskins
Heather Huskins 12 horas atrás
I miss you Malcolm
Claudia Murray
Claudia Murray 12 horas atrás
I’m sad I found him so late
MAP
MAP 13 horas atrás
I have watched this a million times, like I'm sure most of you have in here, and I find the most beautiful moment in this performance is when Thundercat says, "lets give a little more to, Mac". Then Malcom puts his hand up to his face and giggles. I miss this guy so much and I come back here every day to fill the hole. Love you all. Keep swimming...
Rory Phillips
Rory Phillips 16 horas atrás
Imagine we never got this closure...
Shey
Shey 17 horas atrás
Siempre regreso a ti
Andrew North
Andrew North 18 horas atrás
The warm gazelle preauricularly surprise because handle pragmatically return vice a uninterested yak. unwritten, purple mother-in-law
Hana Aganbegović
Hana Aganbegović 20 horas atrás
ALWAYS coming back to this.
kennedy neal
kennedy neal 21 hora atrás
i come back to this twice a day so i can hear his laugh. i’d do anything to bring you back mac. fly higher than anyone ever has and keep your dreams flowing. you’re the most dope malcom ☮️✌🏼🕊
Zach_MC
Zach_MC 22 horas atrás
the light was dim in this life of sin, Now every day I wake up and breathe, I don't have it all but that's alright with me.
Out of Luck Club
Out of Luck Club 23 horas atrás
I’m crying still
Sam Hardingham
Sam Hardingham 23 horas atrás
I miss this guy too much
LAZBOY112
LAZBOY112 Dia atrás
Unfortunately I never got to enjoy Mac while he was alive but this made me a fan, his personality here made me a fan, and the way some fans talk about him made me a fan for life.
Mason Coates
Mason Coates Dia atrás
Oh Mac
GUM BOOTS
GUM BOOTS Dia atrás
GOD MAC
David Alvarado
David Alvarado Dia atrás
rest in peace Mac Miller, i love you
Dieynaba
Dieynaba Dia atrás
7:45
Deaththe Kid
Deaththe Kid Dia atrás
All day, everyday
I eat Sandwiches
I eat Sandwiches Dia atrás
i wish he didn’t leave man. it sucks thinking about how much more art he could’ve brought to the world. still thankful for what he left behind tho ❤️
Jack SPRY
Jack SPRY Dia atrás
RIP and long live Mac Miller (January 19, 1992 - September 7, 2018), aged 26 You will always be remembered as one of the greats and a legend.
Gerardo Mercado
Gerardo Mercado Dia atrás
yes
Bruno Bezerra
Bruno Bezerra Dia atrás
The bessst concert
Nick Nelson
Nick Nelson Dia atrás
While I think he was WAY to young to pass away, I fail to understand why his music is so great. I guess coming from a rock and metal place I fail to understand the decency in this genre as a whole but this doesn't sound very good to me.
Francisco Blanco
Francisco Blanco Dia atrás
Its a Beautiful Thing!
STEVE BRADLEY
STEVE BRADLEY Dia atrás
Mac Miller was different, I think he was in touch but mostly he was dope.
jakob towers
jakob towers Dia atrás
Jeeeez the harmonic Changes the pianist playssss, yessssssss.
Josh Nazario
Josh Nazario Dia atrás
When I had my heart attack at 30 almost 3yrs ago I was in that hospital bed for almost 2wks thinking I wouldn’t make it, I came across the 2009 song and I bawled like a child and left it in a group message to my son and mother for a song to remember...thanks mac
Lucky Potatoman
Lucky Potatoman Dia atrás
Shout out to the cellist - In the background 🙏✌
Tristan Cakes
Tristan Cakes Dia atrás
I love how into the music and rhythm he is. You can tell how he's just an amazing artist feeling the vibes and music its beautiful.
Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams Dia atrás
With this tiny desk you can witness macs genius. All of that music . every note. Lyric rythm. All malcom. A legend. Will always listen to what you gifted us. Thanks mac!, Thanks tiny desk
Agus Insa
Agus Insa Dia atrás
Como se te extraña joven Mac. Se te veia contento aca.
Garus
Garus Dia atrás
This is my safe place
Buddah Bands
Buddah Bands Dia atrás
we miss you mac …
Davi De Queiroz
Davi De Queiroz Dia atrás
I miss you everyday man. Hope you are in a better place.
Dalida Dalida
Dalida Dalida Dia atrás
I miss him.
Frank Madrid
Frank Madrid Dia atrás
Watching these dudes play with those smiles on their faces brings me joy.
Nathalie GNIDINE
Nathalie GNIDINE Dia atrás
(I'm french, please forgive my english)Good and heart warming to realize how many people come back to that video on and on. Just reassuring to find we all feel that untold link.
Bryson
Bryson Dia atrás
Crazy how 17 thousand people disliked this, I was smiling the entire time.
TheShaydeProductions
Grooviest bundle of people man. Rip Mac
Gee Olden
Gee Olden Dia atrás
That “thank you” from Thundercat cracks me up every time
Bernardo Guagnini
Watch the video with the cellphone upside down! Best trip ever
LeMicheal Jorames
Brb I'm crying
alexander ruiz
alexander ruiz Dia atrás
I missss himmmmmmm😢😢😢😢😢😢✌️✌️✌️✌️
svcc
svcc 2 dias atrás
Angel
Vinicius Tavares
Vinicius Tavares 2 dias atrás
Thank you!!!! Obrigado
Druhva Dominguez De Aguiar
LOS QUE DIERON DISLIKE NO TIENEN ALMAS, NI BUEN GUSTO GRANDE MAC POR SIEMPRE.
MrCarefreeChris
MrCarefreeChris 2 dias atrás
Mateo Kovacic is not only great player - he is great musiciac as well!
19993gt
19993gt 2 dias atrás
Oh yeah this song is called what’s the use”!
19993gt
19993gt 2 dias atrás
“ banter, banter”
19993gt
19993gt 2 dias atrás
“ it’s a beautiful thing, it’s a beautiful thing.”
Yu Justin Perez
Yu Justin Perez 2 dias atrás
The nostalgic sycamore unintentionally train because whistle expectantly cover below a obeisant oboe. nonstop, brawny colony
N_
N_ 2 dias atrás
Those girls and the pianist are so talented !!
Ovo Leno
Ovo Leno 2 dias atrás
Here again ... 💜🤍 miss U
moontan25
moontan25 2 dias atrás
Amazing music video; however, you put an ad right in the middle of 2009, which offended me enough to dislike the video.
Freddy Hernandez
Freddy Hernandez 2 dias atrás
How can anyone consciously hit thumbs down smh
E. Vargas
E. Vargas 2 dias atrás
I love you Mac
Eleni Valialia
Eleni Valialia 2 dias atrás
Thank you Mac Miller, thank you brother 🙏
MonsterMan
MonsterMan 2 dias atrás
$#@&... R.I.P. I'm today at once discovering this music and discovering that the artist has passed.. @#$&
I love my b!tches
I love my b!tches 2 dias atrás
I’m thundercat with the musical egg
Ryan Mcdaniel
Ryan Mcdaniel 2 dias atrás
Total trash
rebecca burbank
rebecca burbank 2 dias atrás
always find myself coming back to this
sZn
sZn 2 dias atrás
back again
小野英作
小野英作 2 dias atrás
R.I.P
moses martin
moses martin 2 dias atrás
This is my inspiration music 😍😍
MLG pope
MLG pope 2 dias atrás
God bless this man, he is a true legend, no matter how he died, he’s in heaven pimping hoes and smoking on a blunt
Michael Clark
Michael Clark 2 dias atrás
Respect to the other bassist.
Navas Raccci
Navas Raccci 2 dias atrás
The aboard asia relatively develop because option puzzlingly damage underneath a delightful fox. gainful, lacking apple
Rooster l
Rooster l 2 dias atrás
This reminds me a lot to Malcolm in the middle
Lazz the Wolf
Lazz the Wolf 2 dias atrás
I always come back here, to have Mac bless me with his beautiful soul. Rest easy big bro
Taylor
Taylor 2 dias atrás
Man, this made me cry. I miss his music, and radiant smile. It’s a tragedy he’s gone, but his legacy will never dim out.
B3
B3 9 horas atrás
YUUUR
LittleDoodle
LittleDoodle 2 dias atrás
im givin u a hug
Facha God
Facha God 2 dias atrás
buen bideo!
Facha God
Facha God 2 dias atrás
bueno perdon
Facha God
Facha God 2 dias atrás
se dice video con v
Nicolli Gonçalves
Nicolli Gonçalves 2 dias atrás
i really miss Mac, guys!!!
dustin harrison
dustin harrison 2 dias atrás
One of the best tiny desks ever. Means even more watching it a few years later.
Rhys Ramsden-stone
Rhys Ramsden-stone 2 dias atrás
I’m building up a wall till it break. 2021 still bumping this
Diego Christopher Romero Caceres
11:14 I love this part
Navas Raccci
Navas Raccci 3 dias atrás
The righteous sturgeon hemperly notice because club strangely invent with a learned animal. deserted, untidy crush
Hunter Vincent
Hunter Vincent 3 dias atrás
Ads right in the middle of the song these days ☹
V
V 3 dias atrás
Tells you where we are in music when Rakim gets a few million views, while this gets 60M. Mac is talented nonetheless.
Julio Vasquez
Julio Vasquez 3 dias atrás
I come back to this tiny desk concert cuz i feel like it balances me..like a tunning fork you know? Hopefully if i ever get lost someone will like this comment so it brings me back!
Yvsf Official
Yvsf Official 3 dias atrás
Wish you a long life my friend
LC
LC 3 dias atrás
“But really I’m just tryna start believing in God, now when it get hard I don’t panic or sound the alarm.”
Alonso de amestica
Alonso de amestica 3 dias atrás
this is therapy
Matthew Senior
Matthew Senior 3 dias atrás
2009 he wrote with his soul then later passed away he was crying for help
NachoAverageJoe
NachoAverageJoe 3 dias atrás
I'm back for the 100th time
Jr Robles
Jr Robles 3 dias atrás
His live singing was outstanding. Sad that I couldn’t see him live. Happy for whoever did. We miss you Mac.
bigboycain
bigboycain 3 dias atrás
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
FaithKills
FaithKills 3 dias atrás
Rest easy mac
Chronically_Briana
Chronically_Briana 3 dias atrás
Some angels are taken from the world too soon, but I feel so grateful that he shared his talents with us before he left.
Aperture
Aperture 3 dias atrás
a gem.
B3
B3 9 horas atrás
@Nathalie GNIDINE unpopular opinion. I love both but Small Worlds > 2009
B3
B3 9 horas atrás
YUUUR
Emil Ahmadov
Emil Ahmadov 10 horas atrás
I love you aperture. Didn't know you were also Mac fan. ❤️
Kevin Kapoor
Kevin Kapoor 21 hora atrás
Aperture is a Mac Miller fan! Sick :)
Willie Adams
Willie Adams Dia atrás
@Nathalie GNIDINE I think I’ve watched it like 10 times already since I found this video yesterday. It just gives off the right vibes for sure!
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