Mac Miller: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Mac Miller play "Small Worlds", "What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)" and "2009" at the Tiny Desk.
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Aug. 6, 2018 | Bobby Carter -- There was a shift in Mac Miller's boisterous demeanor as he started the third of his three-song Tiny Desk set. It's the first time he's performed tracks from his new album, Swimming, in front of an audience. On "2009," he rubbed his chin with clinched eyes, looking like a young man who's beginning to crack the code. Backed by a piano loop and a string quartet, he reflected on his journey's peaks and valleys thus far.
I ain't asking why no more
I know I'll take it if it's mine
I don't stay inside the lines
It ain't 2009 no more
Yeah, I know what's behind that door
With nearly a decade under his belt at 26 years old, these words ring like an artist twice his age.
We were introduced to Mac Miller via 2011's XXL Freshman Class, which featured a special crop of MCs such as Kendrick Lamar, Meek Mill and YG, all of whom are now considered in the upper echelon of hip-hop. After his big splash, he's been able to find a groove and consistently release quality rap records, ultimately keeping his name in the conversation with the other young greats. His 2011 album, Blue Slide Park, reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independently distributed debut album to do so since 1995's Dogg Food by Tha Dogg Pound. These consecutive triumphs amassed plenty of fame, fortune and insurmountable obstacles, causing a stumble here and there. Throughout the years, however, Mac has brushed himself off and put it in the music.
For this performance, Mac Miller invited frequent collaborator Thundercat, who graced the Tiny Desk last year and will join Mac on tour this fall. Thundercat put on a dazzling shaker routine and played the deep centerpiece bass line on "What's The Use?" These Swimming iterations don't veer far away from the recorded versions, but here, his lyrics seem easier to interpret under live instrumentation.
Set List
"Small Worlds"
"What's the Use? (Feat. Thundercat)"
Mac Miller (Vocals), Thundercat (Bass), Justus West (Guitar), Klynik (Keys), Joe Cleveland (Bass), Kendall Lewis (Drums), Robin Fay-Massie (Violin), YaShauna Swan (2nd Violin), Lelia Walker (Viola), Melanie Hsu (Cello)
Producers: Bobby Carter, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, CJ Riculan, Beck Harlan, Khun Minn Ohn; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Eslah Attar/NPR.


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    1. Delta Tempest
      Delta Tempest
      17 uur geleden

      How about no

    2. *
      5 dagen geleden

      y da rich yittAa. brbtitecb

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      Jonathan Escobar
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      Jonathan Escobar
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      Jonathan Escobar
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  2. Chaz Bannawi
    Chaz Bannawi
    6 minuten geleden

    tuning in at 4/20/21 stay safe, don't trip👌

  3. James Smith II
    James Smith II
    53 minuten geleden

    Feel good music!

  4. Ian Cummins
    Ian Cummins
    2 uur geleden

    Mac Miller was born to be a great in the music community he puts his own twist on rap making him unique and unlike any other musician RIP man he's gonna be missed forever. (Greatest jam sesh ever)

  5. Paa Grant
    Paa Grant
    5 uur geleden

    As an upcoming beatmaker, these videos and performances proves I dont need to many instruments to make a beat. 5 Instruments can produce a good beat.

  6. Luis Tecson
    Luis Tecson
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  7. Falcão KZ
    Falcão KZ
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  8. Alessandro Felli
    Alessandro Felli
    7 uur geleden

    this will be forever my safe place 💔

    8 uur geleden

    magandang tanghali mac🙁

  10. Muhebur Shaha
    Muhebur Shaha
    8 uur geleden

    I laugh so much when Thundercat breaks down with "Ohhhhhh, I just want to fly...... thank you" hahahhaha

  11. Apryll B
    Apryll B
    9 uur geleden

    Wdym he still dead 😭

  12. roxana v
    roxana v
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  13. Fumi Melvin Ngobeni
    Fumi Melvin Ngobeni
    13 uur geleden

    Back here 🔥

  14. Callie Deremer
    Callie Deremer
    13 uur geleden

    Its that time again

  15. Sean Coyne
    Sean Coyne
    14 uur geleden

    Every time is an emotional journey.

  16. Stephen A Smith
    Stephen A Smith
    14 uur geleden

    Mac Miller was a beautiful soul he fit right in with black folks we accepted him RIP to a real one and also a special soul!

  17. Yusef B
    Yusef B
    16 uur geleden

    Best tiny desk ever

  18. Yusef B
    Yusef B
    16 uur geleden

    I don’t want to imagine thundercat crying when he noticed Mac death 😢

  19. Cheddah Bob
    Cheddah Bob
    16 uur geleden

    Still cant believe hes gone I listen to this so often

  20. Joe Gee
    Joe Gee
    17 uur geleden

    Imagine taking your lunch break and this is what is waiting for you by the water cooler

    19 uur geleden

    This is my favorite tiny desk. I have this memorized completely. Rip Mac ❤️

  22. Gina Finch
    Gina Finch
    19 uur geleden

    Ive watched this so many times the past year. I feel like mac and thunder had such a good connection. Id love to hear if he has any worda to say on Mac. Link me if so please. RIP to an gaddamn legend.

  23. Crazy Chick Sheena
    Crazy Chick Sheena
    20 uur geleden

    Miss you mac miller 😢

    20 uur geleden

    Love this since the first time I listened to it

  25. isaac emmanuel
    isaac emmanuel
    20 uur geleden

    take some time to finish, mind my business

  26. Lenni Levela
    Lenni Levela
    20 uur geleden


  27. Jorge Miguel Mas Nevado
    Jorge Miguel Mas Nevado
    22 uur geleden

    Remember me of Kurt Cobain and his unplugged

  28. Miss Mary
    Miss Mary
    22 uur geleden

    "what's the use" ... if you have a bad day just go back and watch that song. Thunder Cat is amazing. Mac as usual a beast!

  29. Bonnie Gonzalez
    Bonnie Gonzalez
    22 uur geleden

    What is the name of the song that starts around 6mins

  30. Droh
    22 uur geleden

    7:00 is my jam!

  31. Mahtab 21
    Mahtab 21
    23 uur geleden

    I look at his face and it’s just how is he gone like he rlly is

  32. Khotso Liphoto
    Khotso Liphoto
    23 uur geleden

    Knowing he's gone makes his music hit different😢

  33. hot dilberto
    hot dilberto
    Dag geleden

    Goodness this is beautiful I couldn’t bring myself to watch it now rip Mac

  34. Jeffrey M
    Jeffrey M
    Dag geleden


  35. Ian R
    Ian R
    Dag geleden

    Incredible concert. Mac is such an inspiration. Talented band.

  36. Astro.productionss
    Dag geleden

    Had to visit this video on this beautiful Sunday. Fly high Mac

  37. Jay Dee
    Jay Dee
    Dag geleden

    My happy place...

  38. Constanza Belen Godoy
    Constanza Belen Godoy
    Dag geleden

    Mi novio ama mucho a Mac Miller y se pone triste cuando escucha este álbum porque jamás podrá escucharlo en vivo pero porfa Mac no te lo lleves aún a tu concierto personal, yo quiero que le cumplas el sueño cuando el sea viejito, gracias y R.I.P.

  39. Ernesto Rivera
    Ernesto Rivera
    Dag geleden

    and a month after he was gone :/

  40. CSEG
    Dag geleden

    ily Mac

  41. Juan David Mendoza De Avila
    Juan David Mendoza De Avila
    Dag geleden

    This concert shouldn't have an end

  42. Jeff Duyckinck
    Jeff Duyckinck
    Dag geleden

    miss you a whole lot mac.

  43. Katie Waugh
    Katie Waugh
    Dag geleden

    I watch this everyday.

  44. Нус
    Dag geleden

    Such a blessing. RIP Mac.

  45. Morgan Fallot
    Morgan Fallot
    Dag geleden

    C'est de la belle chansonnette ! La vibe est là!! !!

  46. Hidden Soul
    Hidden Soul
    Dag geleden

    Amazing! 🔥🔥🔥🔥

  47. emiliano fuentes
    emiliano fuentes
    Dag geleden

    Name of first song?

  48. KY Backwoods
    KY Backwoods
    Dag geleden

    wow , cant beleive i never heard this. thats on another level. RiP Mac Miller

  49. matthew swoopley
    matthew swoopley
    Dag geleden


  50. liamCA
    Dag geleden

    the fact that he was dead a month after this makes this so much more special

  51. Rafa Quesada
    Rafa Quesada
    Dag geleden

    We Miss You Mac ❤️

  52. Art Chiviste
    Art Chiviste
    Dag geleden

    floir; i love you

  53. Joshu Cook
    Joshu Cook
    Dag geleden

    We MISS you MAC 🕊.

  54. Les Amants
    Les Amants
    2 dagen geleden

    Rip Mac❤️

  55. Aryk Colden
    Aryk Colden
    2 dagen geleden

    Boring... blah blah blah when does he stop talking and play music?

    1. Aryk Colden
      Aryk Colden
      2 dagen geleden

      @Charles Hagens all he does is talk and you can't even spell your offensive comments correctly. 🙄Merica!!!

    2. Charles Hagens
      Charles Hagens
      2 dagen geleden


  56. Alexis Tapia
    Alexis Tapia
    2 dagen geleden

    Who still here in 2021😁😌

    1. Vibe with Destiny
      Vibe with Destiny
      2 dagen geleden

      Me bro Always

  57. Simon Lucas
    Simon Lucas
    2 dagen geleden

    Its crazy how the tragedy of the world losing this man made me love him so much more. Still I wish he was still about

  58. Music With Heather
    Music With Heather
    2 dagen geleden

    I love how Thundercat goes from shaker in the first song to the sickest bass ever in song two. lol

  59. CTF WB
    CTF WB
    2 dagen geleden

    I mean Rest In Peace to this guy but ever since I started playing guitar I just can’t listen to Rap anymore.....especially white rappers.... Honestly there really is no talent in rapping...:.the only talent is in the instruments being played. Im sorry but the way he is just bouncing up n down with no instrument in his hands - n the way he all looks up at the ceiling in a half eye roll - then how he stops n spazes his body to the jazz guitar solo as if he thinks it makes him looks really really cool when it’s just all sooo cringe...ugh I think Ive out grown rap and rappers.

  60. Kemi Bodunwa
    Kemi Bodunwa
    2 dagen geleden

    His voice sounds exactlyyyy d way it sounds in his tracks

  61. Tyrone Holmes
    Tyrone Holmes
    2 dagen geleden

    He said he didn’t wanna grow old. Let his death be joyful full of good memories!

  62. Ross Murray
    Ross Murray
    2 dagen geleden

    I'm a 49 year old chap in the UK who honestly had no idea who Mac Miller was. Came across this and think it's fabulous. Sad that he's gone because I'd have liked to hear more from him. This is why I love NPR. Would never have listened to him if it wasn't for this and now he has a new fan.

    1. Natasha Brady
      Natasha Brady
      8 uur geleden

      Love this 💙

    2. Hooneeds Taknow
      Hooneeds Taknow
      11 uur geleden

      @Wordislife Faces is my favorite as well but is definitely harsh for a new listener. If this guy liked the npr set I think he'd be more comfortable listening to Swimming/Circles/Divine Feminine as they are less bar heavy and more musical. Cant go wrong with anything tho. Could even start near the beginning with K.I.D.S. to hear the happy, carefree, young mac before diving into his later work. whatever you choose, enjoy.

    3. Wordislife
      23 uur geleden

      If you haven't heard it check out his Faces mixtape. My personal favorite work by him. Hope all is good for you over there. Someday I'll save up some money and cross the ocean to visit your country.

  63. Kevin Dominguez
    Kevin Dominguez
    2 dagen geleden

    We miss you man

  64. Marvin Dean
    Marvin Dean
    2 dagen geleden

    When you can overcome addictions you feel 2009

  65. Derek Yates
    Derek Yates
    2 dagen geleden

    Best part is @7:45 and @9:57 when Thundercat goes off and the guitarist seems genuinely surprised

  66. Владимир Захаров
    Владимир Захаров
    2 dagen geleden

    Классный чел Малколанд, слишком рано ушёл, но успел оставить свой след в музыке. 👍

  67. matt3000
    2 dagen geleden

    This is lowkey the best NPR concert

  68. Mister Ray
    Mister Ray
    2 dagen geleden

    This is going to be at a hundred million views in a couple years the way I keep coming back to this. Glad he left this for us.

  69. Dalton Campbell
    Dalton Campbell
    2 dagen geleden

    the enjoyment he had during this is beyond me. I felt the happiness through the screen....

  70. Diego Albornoz
    Diego Albornoz
    2 dagen geleden

    All love all my friends

  71. saint joborg
    saint joborg
    2 dagen geleden

    its entirely possible that that moment where Mac laughs at Thundercat after the "thank you" has saved my life. Seeing genuine happiness, even in a moment, despite knowing the demons he was struggling with at the time reminds me to keep hope and appreciation in my perspective. I Love this video. RIP my friend, you are missed

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      E M
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  72. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    MAC U Always Know What’s Best 4ME&JV Thanxxx bro💌💋

  73. Shmacalacapingo
    2 dagen geleden

    16k deaf blind people accidently clicked the 👎

  74. Sonny Dee
    Sonny Dee
    2 dagen geleden

    At least we know that he's in Heaven. He started seeking God more. "Looking for what was looking for me."

  75. condicionado ar
    condicionado ar
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  76. Sonny Dee
    Sonny Dee
    2 dagen geleden

    Only thing I could think of is, "Wow!"

  77. Dom M
    Dom M
    2 dagen geleden

    You’ll never leave this video

  78. Carl Marks
    Carl Marks
    2 dagen geleden

    you can feel how much he loves music. he was clearly so passionate and he gives off such great energies.

  79. Tommy_S
    2 dagen geleden

    How can you like something multiple times? Just wanna know..

  80. Ellen R
    Ellen R
    2 dagen geleden

    That head-nod at the end of “small worlds” is so iconic it hurts 🤩

  81. Ellen R
    Ellen R
    2 dagen geleden

    The second bass player is toxically happy! Every time I watch this video, I am always watchin that dude. His groovyness is contagious

    1. Gator
      2 dagen geleden

      his name is thundercat and he makes his own music too

  82. Pierre OGE
    Pierre OGE
    2 dagen geleden

    Love you Mac

  83. D'Andre Graves
    D'Andre Graves
    2 dagen geleden

    My favorite tiny desk concert Rip mac miller

  84. Ellie Waltman
    Ellie Waltman
    2 dagen geleden

  85. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    It’s not just a crush It’s 4sure love!!! Like Lifetime 4EVERY eternity & infinity LOVE!!!! MAC I bought Justin Vernon a ring!!! What the what in the heck!!!!😂🌻💌

  86. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    Ok Stop Singing Video MAC I’m talking 2 U bro I’m so in love It’s so funny 2 me

  87. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    UR Right It’s Not 200-9 It’s 202-1 April 16th I think I’m trying 2 escape my X & Waitin On My King/GOD 2 save me

  88. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    The Love Within Me Is 100% Possessed by BON IVERs lead man!!!! I mean In every way possible It’s Beautiful!!

  89. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    MAC I can’t talk Will I be able 2 talk 2 him outside of earbuds??

  90. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden


  91. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    Oh my G O D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh Screen Shot!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!⚠️🤎⚠️

  92. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    Look How Cute!!!!! Love you so much! Thanxxx 4 keeping me safe W/ so many others in your industry!!!!! 💌💣💋

  93. Tumi Nkosi
    Tumi Nkosi
    2 dagen geleden

    2009 is as haunting as it is beautiful.

  94. Thane Williams
    Thane Williams
    2 dagen geleden

    Definitely one of the good ones. Should have gotten more props! A real one

  95. Toski2Gamer
    2 dagen geleden

    Crying rn

  96. Serjin Conche
    Serjin Conche
    3 dagen geleden

    3:335-4:35 I don't know but somehow it relates to me. I miss you, Mac. It's like I lost a brother.

  97. kailey kappel
    kailey kappel
    3 dagen geleden

    god i love him

  98. Axx Diego
    Axx Diego
    3 dagen geleden

    Man, I miss you Mac, it just wasn't your time to go, rest in peace legend.

  99. Karate Knut
    Karate Knut
    3 dagen geleden

    those basslines are so freaking good! The band was soo tight, I enjoyed every instrument and the giggles in between! Humans are awesome

  100. david portugal
    david portugal
    3 dagen geleden

    Late nights that keep me up have me coming back to this just to vibe💞