Rap sensation Mac Miller came to Norfolk on Tuesday for a show that was earlier scheduled for the Prism Theater in the Scope building, then moved to Chrysler Hall. The show represented the launch of Miller's spring tour.
Daily Press online producer Erik Medrano was on the scene and filed this review. -- Sam McDonald
Despite his lack of commercial success and fame, Mac Miller commands an army of loyal 'YouTube' fans. Known for his trademark energy and youthful persona, Mac has certainly reached internet fame with over 200 million total YouTube video views.
Just days after the 20-year-old Pittsburgh indie rapper released his seventh free mix tape -- that's correct -- seventh; Miller launched his 'Macadelic' tour at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk.
The pressure was certainly on Mac before the show. On Tuesday morning Mac tweeted "i'm f****** nervous about starting this tour. whole new setlist. performing a s*** load of new songs. hope yall rdy for somethin different".
Being my first Mac Miller show, I can't testify to any differences. Although I did notice the uncertainty on Miller's face when it came time to slow the pace down and play material from his newest mix tape.
The crowd, I assume, like at most Mac Miller shows, consisted of mainly high school students and maybe even some middle school students. It's obvious to Mac Miller and his promoters, this is the majority age group of fans that come to his shows. It's also obvious what they are expecting: the hyper Mac Miller who jumps around the stage and throws them a party without the alcohol.
Mac has some reason to be nervous in starting this tour. As a rapper, Miller's chops have certainly grown, as well as his artistic creativity. This more-mature Mac Miller is who hip-hop critics have been asking for. However he takes the risk of going outside of what his younger fan base demands.
The set list generally consisted of an every-other pattern of new and old material. With seven mixtapes and two albums, Mac has plenty of tunes he can pull out of his pocket. Problems showed up when it came time to perform the newer stuff. "Party on 5th Ave." got the kids jumping and the girls screaming, but the deeper "F*** 'Em All" off of the "Macadelic" mix tape failed to keep the young audience's attention span.
Still, I'm confident Mac's raw talent and his ability to grow as an artist will pay off, if it is hasn't already. He does have time. He's not even old enough to buy beer yet.
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