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"Ain't saying that I'm sober, I'm just in a better place," Mac Miller begins. As casual as the statement may seem, the sentence is a reassuring decree of deliverance following a dark battle with depression and addiction that witnessed the career and well-being of the 23-year-old Pittsburgh rapper spiral downward this past year. Throughout the summer of 2014, Mac hit a dangerous low, succumbed to his affinity for promethazine, which only by reaching out for help from music mogul Rick Rubin, was he able to grasp an essential personal breakthrough. GO:OD AM is the product of a mature and vital evolution, a title playing on Mac's welcomed new beginning. He may not be sober, but he's healthy - and that's enough.

Serving as his third studio album and major label debut, after signing to Warner Bros. Records for a staggering $10 million, GO:OD AM stands proudly as the greatest rap comeback record of the year. On a confounding 17 tracks, Mac Miller reflects on more challenging topics of life's complexities and its various contradictions with his attributed nasal drawl and a new sense of clarity that only comes with experience. Since his emergence on the scene with K.I.D.S in 2010, Mac has claimed the position as rap's charismatic hybrid of natural story-teller and stand-up comedian, but with his long-awaited offering, clever lyricism and witty wordplay take on a new form throughout the project so meticulously prepared, he had nine separate versions arranged leading up to its release. It's apparent, he's found his voice, wherein lies a maturity and gravity that has molded him into a more serious well-rounded artists.

Waking up from a whimsical Tyler, The Creator-produced dream on 'Doors', Mac quickly sets the soaring standard for the entire composition by eluding to his more settled temperament with drowsy mumblings over sleepy strings and playful synths. The alarm sounds on album standout 'Brand Name' - Mac's modern serenity prayer. Although he may not specifically be quoting the famous, "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference," mantra so famously included into most twelve-step programs, the track is a reflection of precisely the same mentality with which the young rapper has gravitated towards in order to pull himself back together, by showcasing his ability to grip the idea of celebrity in an industrious way. While Mac's lean addiction was the thing that dragged him into the lowest point in his life, the struggle to deal with the effects of fame allowed the despairing rogue of substance abuse to recruit the rapper in the first place, he's shared in various interviews. But the album cut is a well-versed acknowledgment of Mac's charismatic breakthrough in pure hearty charm. "Ain't nothing but a brand name," he self-assuredly states on the beguiling hook over light jazz-influenced production. The proclamation is more than a catchy play on the culture of materialism, but stands out also as an understanding that fame comes with an expense of total control. And while Mac Miller may be a brand name, Malcom McCormick is not.

While long-time collaborator ID Labs contributes rich bass and lush instrumentation throughout the bulk of GO:OD AM's heterogeneous production, Big Jerm and Sha Money L's '100 Grandkids' collaboration is an up-tempo congenial peak. And although features are copious and varied as Ab-Soul, Little Dragon, Chief Keef and Miguel are a charming parade of allure, it's internet prophet and Based God, Lil B that offers fitting honesty and advice on the fanciful 'Time Flies,' where the rappers pool hard-hitting truths on the reflective composition.

At times, the staggering length may make the album seem a little more "good night" than "good morning", but GO:OD AM is a place where quality and quantity coincide. In contrast to previous work like Blue Side Park or Macadelic, everything reads authentic. The witty banter and comedic word jostling that built Mac's cult following from the ground up is predictably present but the cheesy frat rap once associated with his earlier work has thankfully been replaced by thoughtful conceptual approaches, offering an introspective gaze into the journey that Mac took to get here.

It's common that the worst parts of artist's lives serve as inspiration for their most important work. It's where the honesty, vulnerability and knowledge are shared. It's what gives it purpose. For Mac Miller, GO:OD AM may not be the project that earns him the most award acclaim, DJ spins or mainstream radio play, or whatever the hell constitutes "success," but it's the album that matters most.

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