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Mac Miller’s 2014 mixtape ‘Faces’ gets a re-release

Mac Miller‘s celebrated Faces mixtape is finally coming to streaming services. Not only will it be hitting streaming platforms for the first time, but it is also being released on vinyl, and the news has got fans hotly anticipating its arrival. 

The mixtape was originally released as a free project back on May 11th, 2014 which happened to be Mother’s Day in the US that year. It features an all-star cast including Schoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Thundercat, Vince Staples, Mike Jones, Earl Sweatshirt and more. It is one of Miller’s most celebrated pieces of work.

Ahead of the mixtape’s re-release on October 15th, an accompanying video for one of its tracks, ‘Colours And Shapes’, has also been shared with the public. The video is directed by modern auteur Sam Mason, and it features a dog travelling through some colourful examples of his unique, surreal landscapes.

“The track felt very visual to me – like it had its own world,” Mason said of the video. “This atmospheric nighttime place that was sometimes dangerous, sometimes comforting, then I saw a picture of (Mac Miller’s dog) Ralph and a story emerged.

He continued: “To build it out I asked Malcolm’s family to send me bits and pieces from his childhood, scenes from the town where he grew up, objects, toys from his room – little pieces of his life that I extrapolated outwards and used to inspire the story. In the abstract, it’s meant to be a video about childhood – growing up as an artist and the highs and lows of that experience. It’s sort of a look at the emotional and difficult and perilous but noble path of an artist.”

Real name Malcolm McCormick, Mac Miller tragically passed away on September 7, 2018, at the age of 26. A coroner’s report later revealed that the cause of death was “mixed drug toxicity”. The substances fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol were all found to have been in his system at the time of death.

In other news, Vince Staples recently revealed that Mac Miller refused to take any royalties from him on another early project they collaborated on. Speaking on N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN’s podcast, Drink Champs, Staples also dazzled audiences when he spoke of how Miller inspired him to take rap much more seriously after they were introduced by Earl Sweatshirt.

Watch the video for ‘Colours And Shapes’, below.