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These words are taken from The Torah — Deuteronomy 6:4-9 to be precise. It speaks to how religion’s strict insistence that its followers pass on its teaching to others has helped it become one of the most prominent aspects of mankind since Ancient times.

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To live life, you kids might just close your computer
The street lights might blind you, though
Make a collage and look at it through a kaleidoscope
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This idea above best represents what Mac has brought to Hip-Hop in 2013 and how he has advanced his sound. Whilst Mac made sure that he presented many unique views that he has on life to the listeners where he shined brightest was when he took basic ideas and principles and translated them in different ways to make us think about things many of us will see as unimportant; whether he does it in a humorous way

Yeah, young sire, slap the fuck out Jon Cryer
Rough rider, raw bust inside a vagina
Like I want kids
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Observational;

America, the standard of vanity when the camera’s up
We become celebrities, distract from the hysteria
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Fictional;

Forfeit in the war, he lays a sword down and walks away
Grabs a 40 from the corner store and begins to contemplate
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Or Introspective;

I think I’m JFK’s final speech
They try assassinating all of my beliefs
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Point is Mac can rap from many different view-points and evoke many different emotions!

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Anyone who has kept their ear to the new breed of artists over the past five years will probably be aware that Mac Miller came under much scrutiny from critics and fans by the time his debut studio album Blue Slide Park was released back in 2011. The reasons being vary, with most citing a lack of originality and a decline in technical skills from his previous miztapes such as K.I.D.S. and Best Day Ever.

By the time his debut had dropped topics he touched on had become limited and he became addicted to lean (syrup). At this point in time Mac Miller shifted the opinion of many, with his mixtape Macadelic transforming opinions on him as he experimented with beats, features and subject matter. After creating aliases such as Larry Lovestein, Larry Fisherman and more recently Delusional Thomas, Mac has shown us that breaking the mould really is possible, and he can finally explore his music and his interests without worrying about sales or other artists opinions — both of which achieved success with Watching Movies.

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Observe the lyrics here

Red Dot Music showcases just how good two of the best new artists can be bragging about their lifestyles, and pointing out how you aren’t living it. Both guys play off each other extremely well, and listening to it you can definitely hear that the two were having fun at the same time. The beat provided by The Alchemist would best be described as trippy, filled with spacey effects and angelic voices (playing to the theme of the song). Then, after all is said and done, famed battle-rapper Loaded Lux comes through to destroy Mac Miller lyrically, something he described to XXL Magazine;

Loaded Lux ethered me on my own album. He said all the shit that’s supposedly drove me into a drug addiction and this and that, but doesn’t matter. It’s just something awesome that’s on the album at the end of the day. It’s not like, damn I can’t listen to the rest of the album now that
He made these points.

I said it must be the drugs that got us doing crazy shit

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I think both …Like Clockwork (as in the title track) and The Vampyre of Time and Memory are incredibly beautiful and passionate songs led by Josh Homme with single voice performances from Josh showcasing just how diverse and experimental QOTSA are willing to be for what many consider a mainstream rock band.

Nihilism and depression are spread across throughout this track, and the guitar riffs have a very eerie feel to them which I enjoyed. The composition of this song is just brilliant, especially with the drum solo’s from Homme.

The illusion that you feel is real

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Everything about this song stands out to me, I love the Western feel of the beat (reminded me of a Clint Eastwood film back in his acting prime), the hook is interesting and the lyrics Earl brings to the track blew me away, which at first I didn’t feel but after listening to it a few times you see just how much of a lyrical God Thebe is.

Pro-abortion endorsing his own importance

Or leaving opponents floating with paper and dirty porcelain

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This track is the perfect representation for what …Like Clockwork brings to Rock; Depressing, hard-hitting, lyrical and pessimistic. The musical shift at around 4:15 of the full version sends chills down my spine, the instrumentation on this song is perfect. The lyrics are sometimes surreal, and always full of emotion. Josh Homme and QOTSA put out the second best album of 2013, and my SOTY.

It’s only falling in love because you hit the ground.

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Mac Miller described Avian as the heart and soul of the album and I agree with him. It really captures what Mac Miller is now about, and whenever songs do this – Cowboy also does this for Tyler, which is why it is 3rd on my list – I instantly value it. The beat is a creative as they come, the verses vary in subject matter and the hook sent chills down my spine. I did what Mac asked, and since I have a different outlook, I take nothing for granted and think everything in this world has value and will never fully be understood. The GOAT song.

Make a collage and look at it through a kaleidoscope

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2013 has to me be one of the best years of music in general during my lifetime (certainly for Hip-Hop). I mean, I think I have 40 albums on my iTtunes from this year that are constantly being played to death and this pleases me inside.

Many will know that I believe Watching Movies With The Sound Off is amongst the best albums in a very long time, and that it will remain that way for eternity. I could have picked 10 tracks off of it and called it a day (shouts to streets), but I have tried to be a little different with my list, so I left you with 3. The Star Room was close to making it, as was Objects in the Mirror, Matches and REMember.

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The Big Ticket!

I have always maintained that Garnett is amongst the most underrated players in NBA history. During the TNT Greatest Player of the decade (2000/2009) Garnett got 3% of the vote, compared to LBJ who got 17% for achieving far less (Duncan deserved it ahead of Kobe/Shaq). In greatest PF debates, Karl Malone and Barkley are often put ahead of him (Dirk is a maybe). And so often NBA Pundits bash him for missing the playoffs for 3 straight years.

I am not one of those fools who thinks Garnett would have won more than Duncan had they switch teams, but, during KG’s prime, he had worse players, a worse coach and a lack of a strong, intelligent franchise. Garnett in his prime showcased how he was different to Duncan and Dirk. Firstly he is a better passer and defender than both. KG revolutionized pick and roll defence by being able to guard all 5 positions (yes LeBron, you are not the first) which he achieved through his high IQ, allowing poor shooters space and good shooters no opportunity to penetrate. Offensively I think all 3 shape up differently. Duncan is the best in the low post, Dirk best in the high, KG second in both. KG has a lethal mid-range, and a well rounded skill set in the low post. His intensity could charge his team to any height, and because of his frame was able to be a dominant rebounder. The numbers he put up in his prime are astonishing — 23.2/13.2/5.6/1.5/1.8 — and incomparable to any player in the NBA.

For the pick-up team KG will be the defensive anchor; the guy who can co-ordiante everyone else on the back end and be instrumental in the offence through his mid-range jumper and screen setting.

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"Mac Miller" (Rap Genius Editors – Teams) | accepted

I think this is a given.

To anyone who wants to read a really insightful interpretation of the whole album, check this out.

Man this is detailed. Great work.