One of my favorite projects from Mac Miller, which he produced under his Larry Fisherman alias, is his 2014 mixtape Faces. It features some of his best experimental work with contributions from Thundercat, 9th Wonder, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Schoolboy Q, Ab-Soul, Rick Ross, and Mike Jones. The project will be made available on digital streaming platforms and can also be purchased in vinyl format on October 15th. In addition, Mac Miller's estate has also released a music video for "Colors and Shapes" which was directed by Sam Mason.
The track felt very visual to me—like it had its own world. 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. 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. - Sam Mason