Mac Miller’s Swimming is one of the best albums I’ve ever listened to in terms of content, production, and overall quality. I’ll be doing something a bit different, and rather than reviewing underground music, I’ll be doing some reviews on my favourite albums. Swimming is Mac’s final album before his tragic death in September of 2018. Prior to this album, his discography included four studio albums, Swimming being his fifth, one EP, seven Mixtapes, and many features and singles. The evolution of Mac’s music throughout his career was incredibly dynamic and beautiful. The contrast from his frat rap style when he was starting out as an eighteen-year-old high school student, to the matured and thoughtful artist he grew into is something so intimate and profound. Swimming is very R&B influenced, with Mac introducing unique flows, rhythms, and styles. His singing is much more prevalent on this project than any of his past projects and he blends this well with his rapping. As a farewell album, I, as a fan, could not have asked for a more perfect piece. Mac shares his most intimate thoughts and feelings and listening to this makes me feel like I am immersed into his mind and feeling what he is feeling. One of the most impressive things about this project and Mac as an artist is that he does most of if not all his production. This helps him create music that truly represents his vision and augments his music as a whole. The album has a sad undertone, and it almost feels like he knew he was creating his farewell album. Listening to this album before and after his passing was eye opening. It brought all new meanings to it and made me see things I hadn’t seen in it before. The versatility of it is part of what makes this one of my favourite albums. The album above all else makes you feel. The words are emotional themselves, but the way Mac uses his voice to convey his own feelings paired with his deep and complex production make every track an emotional journey. This album was the perfect close to a beautiful career. The contrast between this work and his first is truly surreal, and his personal growth from his struggles is exhibited wonderfully. I can’t vouch for this album enough and would rate it a 5/5. Notable tracks are difficult to do because every track is noteworthy. You may never think that one album could change how you see things, but if you give this a chance, you will be beautifully surprised.