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If you’ve been paying attention to Mac Miller’s last few releases, you can see exactly what direction he’s steering his career into. Shedding the “frat rap” label that hip-hop fans originally pigeonholed him into, he’s since carved an image of an underground, backpack rapper akin to Quasimoto or Captain Murphy. From the release of Macadelic in 2012, Mac Miller started collaborating with new people and even producing beats (under the name Larry Fisherman). Delusional Thomas is far from a finished product, and the concepts feel like well-developed sketches of an idea, but it’s still an intriguing listen.
While he is doing something a bit new, Mac Miller is still in his comfort zone. Entirely self-produced, the tracks are usually limited to a blurry sub-bass, drums, and maybe some keys. Starting with “Larry” he sets this dark tone, wolf howls and gunshots in the background of horror movie keys and an unmoving bass line. And let’s get it straight. Larry Fisherman isn’t a phenomenal producer. If you remember “Guild,” it’s basically that except maybe a bit better. His beats do what they’re supposed to but beyond that they don’t offer much else. In fact they can be a bit of a detriment to the album as a whole, since as a whole they’re largely interchangeable. In trying to maintain a constant theme throughout, track after track feels the exact same barring the difference of the specific piano chords or the sound effects. It’s hard to imagine that Larry Fisherman utilizes more than three or four plug-ins. This is simplicity to an extreme, and while the beats aren’t necessarily understated, they take a back seat to the lyrics that accompany them.
That brings up the question – who is Delusional Thomas and how is he different from Mac Miller on Watching Movies? Why did Mac Miller create a brand new persona simply for this project? Besides his pitched up vocals, he seems to be basically the same as Mac Miller on any other track: dark, comical, and occasionally depressed. If anything, Delusional Thomas is a little darker than Mac Miller, not unlike early Tyler, the Creator or the Biggie’s murderer persona that he sometimes used. Delusional Thomas casually brags that he kills people or gives people AIDS, and clearly he’s trying to express that he’s this violent, misogynistic monster opposite the light, innocent Mac Miller. That’s the intention, but really he gives off a joking, childish vibe more than a serial killer’s. Unlike someone like Quasimoto who only exaggerates Otis Jackson’s actual personality, Delusional Thomas tries to be someone who isn’t Mac Miller. It’s not that we can’t take him seriously, but it feels like an affectation.
On the final track “Grandpa Used to Carry a Flask,” Mac Miller jumps on the second verse with an unaltered voice. It’s listed as a guest verse, as if he is a completely separate character from Delusional Thomas. But it’s so refreshing to hear, like that’s the moment we were all waiting for. It’s not because the persistent pitch-up vocal effect is particularly annoying, but it just lacks a reason. Why should we treat Delusional Thomas like a different person? Mac Miller doesn’t make enough effort to differentiate his two characters, so when he appears on the album sans vocal effect, it’s him peeling off this unnecessary mask rather than presenting the dichotomy of two separate, antithetical characters.
This project isn’t bad but also it isn’t particularly good. The beats don’t carry the album and the lyrics don’t shine either. It doesn’t show off Mac Miller’s technical side (side note: his multis are A+) or Larry Fisherman’s growth as a producer. All in all Delusional Thomas is Mac Miller creating an alter-ego that doesn’t make all that much sense. After listening to the album I don’t know who Delusional Thomas is. I can see this album becoming a fan staple, but to the Mac Miller-uninitiated, this album doesn’t say all that much. I commend Delusional Thomas for the vision, but I can’t say this is a great album.
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