The Artist that is Mac Miller: Consistency VS Diversity
It is true that an incredible artist is one who is able to bring nothing to life in their chosen medium, one that is creative and diverse in whatever they produce. However, concurrently an incredible artist is one who is able to consistently deliver a unique expression that can empower their identity. To be an artist is to be free, but at the same time an artist shall always be chained to their duty of expression. Diversity is essential to allow potential for this expression, but consistency is essential to ensure the progression of this expression. Question is, who has both?
To an extent all artists display diversity in the art they produce, but some more than others. Malcolm McCormick, more commonly known as Mac Miller, is the epitome of the creative artist. Larry Fisherman, Larry Lovestein, Delusional Thomas – the alter egos of Mac Miller. Essentially, he was four artists in one, where he allowed himself a massive amount of room to express his art. Larry Fisherman was the name used under his production, which saw himself produce incredible studio albums for himself and artists such as Vince Staples. Miller himself described Fisherman as his ‘nasty studio rat’ persona because of how he would lock himself in the studio for almost two weeks just producing – if you have listened to the quality Faces of you would not be shocked at this. Larry Lovestein was everything jazzy and good with life. Lovestein was a sharp U-Turn in Miller’s discography which saw his vibe switch from white t-shirt with three-quarters and sneakers, to floral shirts with bootleg jeans and a fake fro. It was a big step as it took him out the hip-hop genre, one that he had been killing since a teenager, and pushed him into the unfamiliarity that all artists should experience – paint to sculpture. The results were jazz melodies of beauty, joy and love. It is rare that you will find many people that know of his Lovestein persona, but a listen to his You EP and The Divine Feminine is highly recommend. Then comes Delusional Thomas. Possibly Miller’s most complex and strange persona, but also his most expressive. A time where Mac felt most secluded and alone, he created a dark and eerie alter ego known as this Delusional Thomas, who had an animated voice and a mind of lyrics that could make any psychiatrist uncomfortable listening to. The mixtape Delusional Thomas is gritty and complex, but the art is there. It showed many the deep and dark emotions Miller had been experiencing and through that mental health awareness was allowed another platform for discussion. Whilst pulling all these strings there was Mac Miller still just being… well… Mac Miller.
Besides this incredible mountain of creativity that was Mac Miller what else can be seen here. Consistency. It sounds ironic but what Miller managed here was an expression of diversity in a consistent manner. The creativity is what grew him as an artist, but consistency in this is what allowed him to live as Mac Miller. There were never moments when one could confuse one of Mac’s forms of expressions as a solid shift in his character, but rather as an exciting exploration in his character. Whether it was one of his dirtiest rap songs, or slowest love song, there was never a doubt that it was not him. And what has resulted is possibly the most unique and attractive discographies in modern day music. Malcolm McCormick passed away on 07 September 2018 at the young age of 26. His last studio album Swimming, has been nominated for the upcoming Grammy Awards and a win would be fair recognition for the person he was and the artist he expressed, and we all thank you for you Malcolm.