Bumbershoot 2012: Mac MillerPosted by Melissa Daniels
It’s a big jump from the Showbox Sodo to Key Arena, but Pittsburg rapper Mac Miller didn’t seem phased as he toyed with his crowd Sunday night to finish off day two of Bumbershoot.
Before coming on stage, the national anthem begins to play by way of electric guitar. Thousands of stoned teenagers begin to roar, and then Mac waltzes on stage to the tune of “Middle Finger.” Things got off to a slow strategic start as the video screens on stage showed a video of a young baby Mac dominating Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight,” the opening to his video for “Best Day Ever.”
Things lit up with fan favorites “Knock, Knock,” “Nikes On My Feet,” “Smile Back,” and “Loud.” The 20 year old honed in on his story telling skills, sharing his experiences at a local party the night before with some “Lucky A$$ Bitch,” before dropping the beat.
The entirety of the set was very celebratory. Mac has really come into his own since he last played Seattle, in October of 2011. As a young MC, the kid and his crew have mastered the art of full performance: incorporating video, a well produced light show, and set list. Before “Diamonds & Gold,” a video of Marilyn Monroe singing “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” played.
To wrap things up, Mac performed “Pink Slime,” “Of The Soul,” and “Frick Park Market,” before closing out with his biggest single to date, and the track that put him on the map, “Donald Trump.”
If there’s one thing to take away from Mac’s set, it’s that he is indeed the “Most Dope knucklehead.”