Mac Miller finally released his highly anticipated album Swimming and now he’s getting fans prepared for the tour of the same name with his soulful Tiny Desk Concert featuring tour collaborator Thundercat.
The 17-minute concert features Miller and Thundercat performing the Swimming track “What’s the Use?” along with tracks “Small Worlds” and “2009” from the record utilizing a string section to join his live band, who Miller reveals played the song live for the first time during the show.
“We knew we weren’t going to be able to take a string section on the road with us, so we sent them the sheet music to learn last week just for this,” Mac Miller said to the crowd. “So you guys are really hearing this for the first time live, I hope you enjoy.”
On “2009,” fans get to see a more vulnerable Miller as he dives into a place of honesty and realness. 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
Definitely his most exposed album to date, Swimming definitely gives fans a glimpse of the heart of the usually quirky emcee who revealed during an interview with Rolling Stone that this album was therapeutic during a time of seclusion after his breakup with former long-term girlfriend Ariana Grande.
“I’ve cared about her for a long time as a person,” Mac said n the interview. “I am genuinely happy that that’s how she moved. That’s good for her. Go, go, keep going! As she should. I’m just being real. That’s good. Now I have space for me. And that’s great too.”
Mac Miller and Thundercat are set to head out on the Swimming tour this fall, with assistance from Atlanta rapper J.I.D. The official show kicks off on October 27th in San Franciso and wraps up on November 13th in Atlanta. For tickets and the latest dates, click here.
Check out the amazing performance below.