Today in Hip Hop History: December 17, 2013
Pittsburgh-based rapper and producer Mac Miller (aka Larry Fisherman, Delusional Thomas, etc.) released his first live album, Live From Space, through Rostrum Records in 2013. The album signified the first time the performer released five songs that failed to make his second album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off: “Eggs Aisle,” “Earth (Featuring Future),” “Life,” “Black Bush” and “In The Morning (Featuring Syd & Thundercat).”
The rest of Live From Space was recorded over a month’s period on Mac Miller’s Space Migration Tour in the Summer of 2013. The tour included openers the likes of Chance The Rapper, The Internet, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Action Bronson and Meek Mill, among others.
The album featured production from The Internet, ID Labs, Teddy Roxpin, Thundercat and Larry Fisherman himself. It represented the continued shift that Mac Miller took after his first album in 2011. After receiving criticism for an immature and biting style from his first album, albeit commercially successful, Mac switched it up on his second album and subsequently this one. The rapper moved towards a more lyrical yet psychedelic sound.
Live From Space received fairly mixed reviews with most citing the usual problems about live albums, that is, it’s hard to truly feel the live performance without actually being there.Regardless, the album charted well and gave fans new content alongside unconventional live songs to listen to. It added to an already solid discography for the young artist.