Mac Miller: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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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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Larry Torres
Larry Torres

Fresh

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Thomas Kinchin
Thomas Kinchin

Yeah

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Lucas Barnett
Lucas Barnett

C'mon NPR, plenty of people here waiting for your response regarding this matter.

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Mario Salinas
Mario Salinas

3 años🕊️

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alexandra reid
alexandra reid

I know what’s behind that door

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Lui Ruffolo
Lui Ruffolo

Crashed my car listening to this lol

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Bigbankmo216 Cartel
Bigbankmo216 Cartel

rest up mac miller 😢🥺 a legend gone way too soon..

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Amanda Mears
Amanda Mears

Why im i just now listing to more than self care? Lovin Mac Smooth

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Cabbage
Cabbage

😂

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Shaddia Morris
Shaddia Morris

I’m here again Mac

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jack boy
jack boy

This is beautiful :(

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Lino Rosa Voigtländer
Lino Rosa Voigtländer

The guy with the shaker in the corner in the first song radiates that "bring your lil brother and let him be part of your band" energy

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Lino Rosa Voigtländer
Lino Rosa Voigtländer

well then he pulls out the bass and things get groovy

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PeanutButterBB
PeanutButterBB

1:50 for a great giggle

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Caitlin Hall
Caitlin Hall

rip mac

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TheBrink
TheBrink

While combating adversity, I find myself here again.

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PodcastBai
PodcastBai

This video is my happy place. Love you Malcolm ❤️❤️❤️

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DestinyyAlexiss
DestinyyAlexiss

Every day I heard at least 1 Mac song and fk I sure do miss him. Always tears in my eyes. Im so glad I was able to enjoy his music as he grew and even now after he's passed.

Vor 14 Stunden
Jeffrey Wright
Jeffrey Wright

Man that guitar player looks hurt Mac didn’t acknowledge him like he did thunder cat

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Paul LOL
Paul LOL

Hard to believe this great talent is gone. Love the sound

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Diana Dundidit
Diana Dundidit

❤️ 51 year old professional mom of 2. BIG FAN HERE!

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Serpentina
Serpentina

mac tqm

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Hollis DmoLish
Hollis DmoLish

RIP MAC YOU WAS ONE OF THE REAL ONES. YOU ARE MISSED. 💯

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Caroh Bermudez
Caroh Bermudez

Hola de nuevo, Mac. Te amo

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Steeler bunyion
Steeler bunyion

I'm so glad everyone still comes here to leave heartfelt comments, Real Recognize Real ❤️

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Caleb Taylor
Caleb Taylor

i wasent looking at my phone and i dident know this was live jeeze he is amazing

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Eder
Eder

The intro to 2009? *kisses fingers* Perfection.

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MONIQUE SYKES
MONIQUE SYKES

I keep coming back to this NPR PERFORMANCE it never gets OLD thank god

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Gabrielius Rimeika
Gabrielius Rimeika

Love the ads mid song!

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ImDubbz
ImDubbz

The moment between Mac and Thundercat at 7:45 just made my heart light up😔😔

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Tatiyana Ramirez
Tatiyana Ramirez

my biggest dream was to see mac live, one year he was coming to hometown Detroit. i sadly wasn’t able to go. may this LEGEND, KING & now OUR angel rest peacefully. 👼🏻🤍✨

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Jeffrey Koehn
Jeffrey Koehn

The debonair revolve theoretically clap because timbale spectroscopically sail up a coordinated freezer. horrible, tense lumber

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Bruno R
Bruno R

2009 legendary song

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Hobonickel
Hobonickel

first time listener .. maybe cause I'm an old geezer ... came across the story of his sad departure and I must say Mac had a gift reminds me a lot of an artist back in my day called G Love and the Special Sauce ... rip Mr Mac luv your style and energy

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MaddLagger
MaddLagger

fukeing puke

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MaddLagger
MaddLagger

weakinjgest pest a fucl all all

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Keke Goeshard
Keke Goeshard

Mannn... That last song got me real good.

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The Prodigy
The Prodigy

Back here again

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James Killinger
James Killinger

2009....nuff said😔🥲 beautiful man just beautiful.....thank you Mac

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Jonizah Mangalus
Jonizah Mangalus

rip mac

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Ernest Dent
Ernest Dent

Was the name of the first song??(Nevermind 😂)

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Turbo Dood
Turbo Dood

I thought music was supposed to be good

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Ryan Negron
Ryan Negron

GET THIS TO 100,000,00 VIEWS!!!! I KNOW I'VE CONTRIBUTED ABOUT 100 MYSELF

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TheWildSack
TheWildSack

Never gets old 💔

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Ral Dien
Ral Dien

It is so hard to laugh with his jokes across the video... To laugh and then cry. Just a beautiful performance.

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JUAN MANUEL SEGURA BENITEZ
JUAN MANUEL SEGURA BENITEZ

I need this

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Olara L. Lamara
Olara L. Lamara

😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

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Kristopher Duran
Kristopher Duran

Time to bring my old friend back to life for a bit so we can spend time together 🥺

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TotallyTiteMan
TotallyTiteMan

If I had a time machine and I could only use it once, I think I would go back in time to see this in person.

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Emil
Emil

I wish I could‘ve visited a concert of swimming

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Geregamo
Geregamo

Thank you Mac, forever

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Khau Buda Boy Tattoo
Khau Buda Boy Tattoo

Thank u Mac 🙏🏼🖤☯️⛩️📿

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cam314 cam314
cam314 cam314

I just love how diverse his musicians are. Long Live Most Dope 🕊

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GetLit Skoden
GetLit Skoden

0:00

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P. Smokes
P. Smokes

Will forever miss you Mac! Thanks

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교주사랑해찡긋
교주사랑해찡긋

5:39

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교주사랑해찡긋
교주사랑해찡긋

냐유유ㅠ카캨

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Moe Lester
Moe Lester

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Josh Ware
Josh Ware

Dayum Mac. You really blessed us bruvs. 🙇

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Nick Powell
Nick Powell

1:58

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Fernando Delgado
Fernando Delgado

Music is a beautiful thing!

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Ray Scott
Ray Scott

This sample of him made the 40yr me look into who he was and I am happy I did. Thank you Mac

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Mike Parker
Mike Parker

2009 10:50

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Milos Collins
Milos Collins

might be the greatest video to ever touch the internet. RIP big bro fly high❤️

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viviana santos
viviana santos

LOVE IT

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B Camila
B Camila

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Mr. Parker
Mr. Parker

Discovered Mac through this. Thank you NPR. Can’t get enough of him now. So glad I found his music, even if it was late.

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Brenda Valderrama
Brenda Valderrama

I miss you Mac

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michael elwell
michael elwell

Can feel this

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Logan
Logan

If he wasn’t on drugs do you think he would be good all the best artist are on drugs and overdose and die most of them

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shawn kopp
shawn kopp

I love Mac more than words could express. I even got a tribute tattoo. Literally got something permanent on my body just to honor him. This man has been through the break ups, the failures, the disappointments, the legal trouble, the suicidal thoughts and all. I really hope that in some spiritual way he can see this. I owe my life to this man. Been listening for over 10 years from the youthful innocence to the depression and darkness life can bring. Mac has always been there for me. Most dope forever

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mike keech
mike keech

The pianist tho...

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Reuben Charles
Reuben Charles

I only discovered Mac Miller's music last week. I hate the fact that I'm not updated with music and that I missed his music while he was on earth. This is one of my favourite tiny desk sets and I've listened to it every day since finding it.

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𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘴
𝘒𝘦𝘭𝘴

Mac we miss you dearly

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iHadSexTuesday
iHadSexTuesday

❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

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Student video 2300
Student video 2300

Never paid much attention to Mac's music when he was here, but I'm glad to have discovered it now. RIP

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AetherRune
AetherRune

They really had Thundercat on percussion 😭😭😭

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Bruce Esquivel
Bruce Esquivel

Met Mac back in 2014 at the San Diego Airport. Most down to earth and respectful person i ever met. Glad i had the honor to meet him!

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Matthew Rideout
Matthew Rideout

Forever MAC 🙏🖤

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Mink Boels
Mink Boels

This video saved me from having a bad trap

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Johnny Kaj
Johnny Kaj

Best ever😇😇😇😇SIP bro

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Timothy Jones
Timothy Jones

R.I.P. to the young Trendsetter 🙏🏼

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Allan Daoust
Allan Daoust

This is just awful

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J Fuzz
J Fuzz

L

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Tinii
Tinii

What

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ProfessorWake&Bake
ProfessorWake&Bake

Music that flows throughout your mind and soul and an even greater person…Mac will definitely be missed and even if you may not meet him personally watching this can really feel like you are right there and he’s just pouring his thoughts out

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Lorenzo Fabricio
Lorenzo Fabricio

man seeing him laugh like that hurts

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Derrick Wisner
Derrick Wisner

Ads In the middle of the song. Thanks YouTube for ruining music

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Abril García
Abril García

Me mama ver cómo parece que está a punto de cagarse de risa a media canción y luego simplemente retoma el hilo jajaj

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Legroux Baptiste
Legroux Baptiste

🙏 Best Tiny Desk ! Thanks Mac Miller for your music !

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Harleigh Coffey
Harleigh Coffey

Miss you Mac

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Matheus Vargas
Matheus Vargas

the best tiny desk ever

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Zach Davis
Zach Davis

Me: crying to Mac pouring his heart out in 2009 Youtube: we should show a dear Evan Hansen ad

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David Franco
David Franco

Can't believe he's dead. I checked his bio while watching this session. RIP Mac

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Lipsy Curly
Lipsy Curly

Beautiful, beautiful soul why did you have to go. Miss you so much.

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Zachary Pittman
Zachary Pittman

Can never watch without tearing up sucks since you left RIP Mac keep looking down over us all!

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HeGotJays 985
HeGotJays 985

Classic ‼️

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Emil Millet
Emil Millet

LLM🙏🏿

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Joseph Morris
Joseph Morris

Thundercat is such a great sidekick for for Mac here, the unison humor is just fantastic.

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Flavio Adrianzen Acosta
Flavio Adrianzen Acosta

i velistened this at least 2 times per days actually

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Lorenzo Monzon
Lorenzo Monzon

how could someone dislike the music is soooo good

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Jeff Reider
Jeff Reider

Thank you

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adaryll turner
adaryll turner

came here by algorhythm, stayed due to undeniable vibes

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J
J

RIP

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Waylon
Waylon

after thunder cat sings, everyone is so happy, maybe the greatest thing ever. We miss mac.

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Katie Odland
Katie Odland

The last track. So many tears.

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Nahiara Alarcon
Nahiara Alarcon

I Miss you💜

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GPK131

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