Music Review: Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Going Down

October 1, 2015


Ellie Moslander
Editor-In-Chief | emo012@latech.edu

Rating: Four of five stars

Philadelphia rapper Mac Miller begins his newest album by stating the world does not care about loneliness; you have to do this for yourself.

He starts off by talking about sobriety and being in a better place after seeing tough times. Yet the album seems to still rejoice and praise living it up, comparing the bad and good times to being stuck in between heaven and hell.

With references to not wanting to join the “27 Club,” he seems to want to live life fast, but does not want to die young.

The point of the album seems to be telling the world and everyone who has looked down on him, he does not care and he is in control.

He raps about how people have to learn the hard way sometimes,  but will come out stronger through accepting all of life’s circumstances.

Reminiscing of childhood days, coming back to his young adult life he opens up about his personal experience growing up, admitting he screwed up but is now living his life the way he wants to.

His lyrics, “get money, f*** the system, break the law,” can be taken radically, yet he uses them as artistic expression.

He explicitly illustrates riding the roller coaster of life, hitting highs and d lows. And while he brings up some serious situations, he manages to maintain a chilled out attitude without toning these issues down. In his song “In the Bag,” he calls out society and gets real as he bashes the typical American dream, trading it for a fast-paced lifestyle. 

Aside from the fast progressive beats, his words alone set the radical tone of the album while still being as chilled out as he can. He tells it like it is, with no shame.  Ranging from slower songs such as “ROS,” a softer jazzy song where he compares love to a strong drug. And then moving onto ones such as “When in Rome,” where Miller really sets the high on life atmosphere.

Concluding with songs like “Ascension,” where he talks about transformation and religion and reinventing oneself, he seems to have had a transformation. As opposed to some of his previous music, where he still raps about having fun and living hard, “Go:od AM,” has more of an overall serious tone.

“Jump”, the second to last song on the album, begins to wrap everything up as he encourages his audience, and himself, to open have an open mind.


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