I spent an entire weekend with Mac Miller… well, with him in my headphones. I had been looking forward to The Divine Feminine since I heard the first single, “Dang!” Soon after, I declared the smooth CeeLo assisted second single, “We” my favorite song before I even pre-ordered the album.
So when The Divine Feminine dropped last Friday, I decided to dedicate my entire weekend to an album that was allegedly dedicated to women. As a young woman, hip-hop lover, and renewed-Mac Miller fan, I’ve always noticed how very rare appreciation for a woman is shown on wax— unless they’re honoring her glorious body parts.
During my first listen—which took place at 8:30am as I made my way to work—I took The Divine Feminine for exactly what it was: a jazz influenced album dedicated to vagina. Simple, right? It wasn’t exactly the kind of womanly appreciation I had been searching for, but I wasn’t disappointed. By the time I got around to “Stay,” I found myself scrolling through my phone trying to figure out who I could pretend to be in “like” with for “just a little while.” The trumpet and vocals on the track made it impossible to listen to without smiling and reminiscing on better times with former boos. The last 20 seconds of the track —a woman climaxing to the sounds of horns in the background— was the perfect transition into the sex-fueled track, “Skin.”
“I’m takin’ care of each and every part/ I opened up your legs and go straight for your heart.”
Lusty songs like “Skin”— which was produced by JMSN— and “Cinderella” which featured a crooning Ty Dolla $ign referring to himself as Daddy yet again (which I’m not so mad at), reminded me that this album wasn’t so much a dedication to women, but an audio journey of what relationships are like in 2016.
The Crush Phase:
Maybe you saw her tweets and favorited a few of the selfies that made the timeline on the low, before you slid into her DMs. Maybe you’ve been stalking him on Instagram and liking every single one of his pictures. Or maybe your infatuation with a special someone started the “old fashioned” way— you two met in person. Regardless of how your newfound lust was expressed, it’s here now and you’re dealing with it.
On the opening track “Congratulations,” Mac raps “This sun don’t shine when I’m alone/ I lose my mind and I lose control/ I see your eyes look through my soul/Don’t be surprised, this all I know/I felt the highs and they felt like you.”
The intense desire that Mac feels on this track is the equivalent to wanting to be with someone but not knowing how to go about it. Bilal’s closing verse is the lyrical embodiment of the feeling of finally getting who you want.
“Your loveliness bring me sunshine/ I found an angel so divine/ Heaven probably not the same without you/ But now you’re in my world.”