Album of the Day
“You could have the world in the palm of your hands - You still might drop it” notes Mac Miller on SWIMMING, and the Pittsburgh rapper's break-up with Ariana Grande and his struggles with sobriety loom large here. Yet the 2018 set is hardly downbeat; Miller's resilience is inspiring, and a skilled team of producers including Jon Brion adds surprising flourishes to airy arrangements. Mac's singing and rapping were never better, and the baker's dozen tracks include Top 40 hit “Self Care,” “Small Worlds” and “What's the Use?” (which features guest vocals by Snoop Dogg and Thundercat). A Grammy nominee for Best Rap Album, the Platinum-certified SWIMMING would be the final collection from Mac Miller before his untimely death five years ago today.