Late American rapper Mac Miller's critically acclaimed 2014 mixtape 'Faces' is coming to streaming services and vinyl next month, and seems like fans of the artist have been treated to an early Christmas present.
Miller, originally known as Malcolm James McCormick, died from an accidental drug overdose at his home at the age of 26 on September 7, 2018.
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'Faces' instantly became a fan-favourite when it came out because of its introspective lyrics and experimental production, however, it wasn't available on streaming platforms or in physical formats.
With a run time of over 80 minutes, 'Faces' was mostly produced by Miller himself under his Larry Fisherman alias, with contributions from Thundercat, 9th Wonder, and Earl Sweatshirt under his randomblackdude alias. Earl also showed up for multiple guest verses, and there are also appearances from Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Rick Ross, Mike Jones, and Vince Staples.
The expansive release will make its debut on streaming services for the first time on October 15 and will be available to purchase on vinyl.
Mac's crew enlisted director Sam Mason to create a spooky animated video for mixtape standout "Colors and Shapes" to coincide with the news that the album will finally be available for streaming.
"The track felt very visual to me—like it had its own world. This atmospheric nighttime place that was sometimes dangerous, sometimes comforting, then I saw a picture of Ralph and a story emerged," said Sam Mason of the new video.
"To build it out I asked Malcolm’s family to send me bits and pieces from his childhood, scenes from the town where he grew up, objects, toys from his room—little pieces of his life that I extrapolated outwards and used to inspire the story," Mason added.
"In the abstract, it’s meant to be a video about childhood—growing up as an artist and the highs and lows of that experience. It’s sort of a look at the emotional and difficult and perilous but noble path of an artist."