After first being released a little over seven years ago, Mac Miller’s critically acclaimed mixtape Faces is now available to stream on all major platforms for the first time. So, obviously we’re freaking out about it.
Faces served as the follow-up to the late rapper’s 2013 sophomore album Watching Movies With the Sound Off — and includes guest appearances from Vince Staples on “Rain”, Schoolboy Q on“Friends”, and Rick Ross on “Insomniak”, just to name a few.
And while his ambitious, acclaimed second studio album did help redefine Mac as a serious artist. It was Faces that had Mac fully coming into his own as an all-around musician, candidly opening up about mortality, love, and drugs, all while exploring a fresh sonic sound.
Originally released on Mother’s Day 2014, the behemoth 24 + 1 bonus track project was mostly produced by Miller himself under his Larry Fisherman alias, alongside the likes of 9th Wonder, Big Jerm, DrewByrd, ID Labs, Rahki, randomblackdude, THC, and Thundercat.
Though it may not be a new collection of music and despite having already known about the mixtape’s impeding stream release for about a month — the excitement of it actually being here is still next level — and rightfully so.
Keeping it entirely 100, despite already knowing the tragic ending, and that even back then Mac was no stranger to dark lyrics, it's hard not to find the beginning of the mixtape’s first track “Inside Out” to be chilling. As he proclaims “should have died already,” at the time establishing Faces as a confession, and now an eerie foretelling.