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Review: Mac Miller graced the Rialto Theatre Tuesday night after taking a new direction with ‘The Divine Feminine’

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Heather Newberry
Mac Miller performs at the Rialto Theatre on Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Tucson, Ariz.

Pittsburgh native Mac Miller performed at the Rialto Theatre last night for a stop on his tour for his new album, The Divine Feminine.

The 24-year-old channeled more soulful vibes and took a new direction with his latest work, something his fans appreciate. 

The artist seemed surprised, though, to learn his Tucson fan base enjoyed his fourth LP—he took time out of his Rialto set to thank the audience for continually supporting his musical journey.

Performing for a little over an hour, Miller gave it his all while rapping songs from previous mixtapes and albums alike. Miller opened up his set with track ”Cinderella” from The Divine Feminine and set the tone for the crowd to groove to.

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“Mac Miller is so good live—he was amazing,” said concert-goer Amanda Emerson. “I definitely love all of the R&B influences in his new album. It’s really vibey.”

These R&B influences are intertwined with jazz-infused instrumentals and sophisticated melodies to produce an album that explores what love and femininity mean to Miller. And while there have been hints of this type of music throughout Miller’s career, this is his first project that is solely dedicated to this earnest topic. With help from artists like Bilal, Ariana Grande and Anderson .Paak, The Divine Feminine is a well-rounded piece of work that shows a new side of Mac Miller.

“[Miller’s] new album is different, but its great,” said attendee Anthony Martinez. “It’s cool to see him evolve and experiment with new sounds. I think him performing love songs is super genuine and interesting.”

The Divine Feminine is definitely an album that is meant for the stage. With its powerful instrumentals and flowy lyrics, its sonic compilation truly captivated the audience. From start to finish, members of the audience actively recited the songs along with Miller, creating a magical energy within the venue.

This energy made it apparent Miller has a devoted fan base here in Tucson. Older songs like “Diablo” from his Faces mixtape, or “Watching Movies” from his second studio album did not go unappreciated. Miller seamlessly moved from album to mixtape and from old to new throughout his entire set. 

This ability to genuinely flow is something Miller has garnered through experience and is something that he executes with a lot of charisma.

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The relatable charm that has become associated with the artist can be felt all over The Divine Feminine. The playful, yet meaningful lyrics pay homage to every woman and every love story that has ever crossed Miller’s path. With nothing to prove and only emotions to express, The Divine Feminine is Miller’s most honest and raw project to date.

“Even though this album is different from his other stuff, it feels relatable and classic and just has good beats on basically every song,” said audience member Samantha Ortiz.

This new musical direction has made it clear Miller is not afraid to push the bounds of what it means to be a rapper. He has successfully taken his fans along with him on his journey of self-exploration and musical bravado.


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