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Why Mac Miller’s Circles Deserves Album of the Year

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Nearing a year since its initial release, Mac Miller’s Circles has since changed the way fans perceive and relate to the late artist who passed away on September 7, 2018 due to an accidental substance overdose. 

His passing recontextualized all of his music in a grim, sweeping moment, and fans had trouble processing lyrics that hit close to home. 

In January 2020, Miller’s family took to his social media to directly announce to his fans that his previous album, Swimming, was only one half of a pair of albums that were thematically linked, with Circles being the other half. Prior to his passing, Miller made a good amount of progress on the latter album, thus helping producer Jon Brion make the late artist’s musical vision come true. 

Circles reinvented Mac Miller’s discography and rather than having his death wash over his old music, the latest and last album from the artist acts as a final piece in Mac Miller’s career to help fans and other people deal with loss until it eventually gets better over time. 

The songs on this album still retain many of the depressing themes and allusions that pertain to his passing, much like his previous work had, but the overall tone bears a significant difference. It acts as a highlight reel of Mac Miller’s career and displays all the avenues he has taken in a decade in building up and preparing his music. 

Basically, it gives off a sense of closure to his fans and shows that despite the pain and grief, one can eventually come to terms with reality and move on from its grasp. 

With Circles now available, fans have the second piece of the puzzle to Swimming, thus also allowing Mac Miller to take a bow on his life and career rather than dwelling on what else he can show to the world. 

Mac Miller, or Malcolm James McCormick, has established himself as a major player in the music industry in the early 2010s through a strong variety of projects such as K.I.D.S., his first project that earned him a wider audience and kicked off his career. With his songs, he gained a significant amount of viewers and fans online and paved a way for himself at a time when the internet was only beginning to organize itself. 

Although criticized by some, fans gravitate towards Mac Miller’s music because it was simply fun to listen to, and before audiences had a chance to forget about him, he manages to reinsert himself again in people’s playlists.

The album “Swimming” was announced in 2018. The album was a pivotal moment for his discography, where he managed to create tracks that had many of his rap undertones but were predominantly fused with more classical pop ideas and formulas. 

Swimming also had that perfect blend of Mac Miller’s signature along with jazz, pop, and funk elements that were easy on the listeners. The late artist also displayed his singing abilities even more in many of the tracks in this album. However, the lyrics are influenced by his troubled times in the previous years, as well as his battle with substance abuse. In hindsight, Swimming is more difficult to process but Circles has put any strong negative emotions to rest.

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Bryan Quaranto is the CEO of Dreamwood Media. He is also the host of The Creative Activation Podcast available exclusively on DreamwoodMedia.com

Bryan Quaranto is the CEO of Dreamwood Media. He is also the host of The Creative Activation Podcast available exclusively on DreamwoodMedia.com

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La Mata JaeLuna Releases New Latin Raggaeton Album Titled “Paradisiaco”

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Rising artist out of Puerto Rico, La Mata JaeLuna, is taking over the streets with his latest album titled “Paradisiaco”. Released March 30th, 2021, after a successful tail off his latest single titled “Titera”, JaeLuna has built a name for himself in the Latin reggaeton scene. 

Working together closely with Gaby Metálico, an award winning and multi-platinum producer know for creating hits with artists like Ozuna, and Jon-Z, La Mata JaeLuna has found the recipe for creating great hits, and he didn’t do it alone. Also involved in the projects success were the likes of Raggaeton Caro, support from Watuki Music and Carlos Diaz Valdés, an art director based out of Santiago, Chile.

JaeLunas’s latest album comes with a raw nuance of tropical flavor and dives deep into the sounds of urban raggaeton. Should anyone think Luna might waste their opportunity to exceed people’s expectations of his capabilities, “Paradisiaco” offers a diverse variety of unique Latin sound. 

You can listen to the full album, available streaming on Spotify here.

Follow La Mata JaeLuna at his Instagram here: https://instagram.com/jaelunalamata

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West Coast Hip-Hop Artist Lilvzexy Shines Bright On ‘Chapter 2’

In addition to being Lilvzexy’s record label, V Zexy Records represents his business knowledge and commitment to being independent.

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West Coast Hip-Hop artist Lilvzexy shines bright on ‘Chapter 2’

In an announcement made in Los Angeles on Monday, hip-hop artist Lilvzexy announced the release date for his latest album “Chapter 2”. On September 27, 2021, the album will be released, with the first singles “Envy Me” and “Heartbreak” setting the tone for the release. 

Chapter 2 reportedly contains 15 tracks total with a bonus track. Also featured on the album are guest productions from Canadian-based producer Johnny and a guest appearance from independent artist Snuffles. Distribution of the album will be handled by V Zexy Records/Distrokid and it will be available online through services such as Spotify, Apple Music, iHeartRadio, and YouTube. 

It is Lilvzexy’s ability to transform visions of pain into lyrical bars of inspiration that makes his music so appealing to Millennials and Generation Z.  In addition to being Lilvzexy’s record label, V Zexy Records represents his business knowledge and commitment to being independent.     

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