The Divine Feminine

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The Divine Feminine
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ReleasedSeptember 16, 2016 (2016-09-16)
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The Divine Feminine
Singles from The Divine Feminine
  1. "Dang!"
    Released: July 28, 2016
  2. "We"
    Released: August 19, 2016
  3. "My Favorite Part"
    Released: September 9, 2016

The Divine Feminine is the fourth studio album by American rapper Mac Miller. It was released on September 16, 2016, by REMember Music and Warner Bros. Records. [3] [4] The album features guest appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Anderson Paak, Ty Dolla Sign and Ariana Grande, among others. [4]

Mac Miller American rapper

Malcolm James McCormick, known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, and record producer. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Miller began his career in the city's hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of fifteen. In 2010, he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based independent label Rostrum Records, with whom he had his breakthrough with the mixtapes K.I.D.S. (2010) and Best Day Ever (2011), including the single "Donald Trump".

Warner Bros. Records American record label

Warner Bros. Records Inc. is an American record label owned by Warner Music Group and headquartered in Burbank, California. It was founded in 1958 as the recorded music division of the American film studio Warner Bros., and was one of a group of labels owned and operated by larger parent corporations for much of its existence. The sequence of companies that controlled Warner Bros. and its allied labels evolved through a convoluted series of corporate mergers and acquisitions from the early 1960s to the early 2000s. Over this period, Warner Bros. Records grew from a struggling minor player in the music industry to one of the top record labels in the world.

In show business, a guest appearance is the participation of an outsider performer in an event such as a music record or concert, show, etc., when the performer does not belong to the regular cast, band or other performing group. In music, such an outside performer is often referred to as a guest artist. In performance art, the terms guest role or guest star are also common, the latter term specifically indicating the guest appearance of a celebrity. The latter is often also credited as special guest star or special musical guest star by some production companies.


The Divine Feminine was supported by three singles: "Dang!", "We" and "My Favorite Part". The album received generally positive reviews from critics and charted at number two on the US Billboard 200.

My Favorite Part 2016 single by Mac Miller

"My Favorite Part" is a song by American rapper Mac Miller, featuring guest vocals from American singer Ariana Grande. It was released as the third single from Miller's fourth studio album, The Divine Feminine (2016), on September 9, 2016. It is their second official collaboration after 2013's "The Way", however Miller was also featured on a remix of Grande's "Into You" also in 2016. A music video was released on December 12, 2016 on Miller's YouTube channel. It was the last song done by the duo before their breakup in May 2018.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Background and meaning

According to Miller, the album was not about love (romantic), but rather about learning from women throughout his life and what those experiences mean to him. [5] In May 2018, singer Ariana Grande, Miller's girlfriend at the time of the album's release, denied a claim that the entire album was about her, but said the track "Cinderella" was. [6]

Ariana Grande American singer and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious from 2010 to 2013, and in the spinoff Sam & Cat from 2013 to 2014. Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.


The album's first single, "Dang!", was released on July 28, 2016. The track features guest appearance from American recording artist Anderson Paak, while the production was handled by Pomo. [3] [4] The music video for "Dang!" was released on August 2, 2016. [7]

Anderson Paak American musician

Brandon Paak Anderson, better known by his stage name Anderson Paak, is an American musician and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy. He went on to release Venice in 2014, under his current moniker. Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016, which received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards. Apart from his solo career, Paak is also one-half of NxWorries, alongside record producer Knxwledge. He is accompanied by the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards and drums and also serve as backing vocalists.

The album's second single, "We", was released on August 19, 2016. The track features guest appearance from American singer-songwriter CeeLo Green, while the production was handled by Frank Dukes and Kaan Gunesberk. [8] [9]

CeeLo Green American singer, songwriter, rapper and record producer

Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, known professionally as CeeLo Green, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, and actor.

Adam King Feeney, professionally known as Frank Dukes, is a Canadian record producer and DJ. A Grammy award-winner, Dukes is known for producing original compositions for prominent record producers to sample in their own productions. Many of his original samples have been used in songs for major artists across the hip hop and pop industry including Camila Cabello, Travis Scott, Future, Young Thug, Drake, Kanye West, Post Malone, and The Weeknd.

The album's third single, "My Favorite Part", was released on September 9, 2016. The track features guest appearance from American recording artist Ariana Grande, while the production was handled by MusicManTy. [10] [11]

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
AnyDecentMusic? 6.5/10 [12]
Metacritic 70/100 [13]
Review scores
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [14]
Consequence of Sound C [15]
The Guardian Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [16]
HipHopDX 3.8/5 [17]
Pitchfork 7.8/10 [18]
PopMatters 7/10 [19]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [20]
XXL 4/5 [21]

The Divine Feminine received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 70, based on nine reviews. [13] Andy Kellman of AllMusic said, "At all times, Miller and his associates are on the same page. Another aspect that makes this the rapper's most fulfilling album is that all the lines about being saved and in awe seem to be expressed with as much ease as the anatomical references, like they're plain facts, not wrenching confessions." [14] Narsimha Chintaluri of HipHopDX said, "The listenability is at an all-time high, but the writing itself is still lackluster." [17] Marshall Gu of PopMatters said, "Mac Miller isn't a good rapper, and he definitely can't carry a note, though he tries to do that a lot on this one. However, he has a vision of what he wanted this album to sound like and then carried it through with all the right producers and features, which is a talent in and of itself." [19] Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork said, "It's easily his most intoxicating release yet, an odyssey of soulful compositions paring down his expansive and eclectic soundboard from the last few years into something distinctly cozy and pleasant." [18]

Scott Glaysher of XXL said, "All in all, The Divine Feminine is an experiment well done. Mac Miller's creative mind explores the ins and outs of the modern relationship while maintaining a certain level of sophistication that can be considered timeless." [21] Kyle Eustice of Consequence of Sound said, "The album could offer some really tender moments, but because they're buried under lyrics that talk about nothing but sex, they're lost. Instead, The Divine Feminine leaves a sour taste behind and entirely misses an opportunity to truly honor the female gender." [15] Ben Beaumont-Thomas of The Guardian said, "Few lyrics are particularly arresting (on "My Favorite Part", new girlfriend Ariana Grande is told that she doesn't know how beautiful she is) and there's some mid-album filler as Miller struggles to add hooks to cosmic G-funk." [16] Keith Harris of Rolling Stone said, "Miller's grown-ass beats clash with his juvenile boasts, so he often ends up sounding like a well-meaning kid who can't stop putting his kicks up on the fancy furniture." [20]

Complex placed The Divine Feminine at number 23 on their "50 Best Albums of 2016" year-end list. [22] XXL ranked it among the best 50 hip hop projects of 2016. [23]

Commercial performance

In the United States, The Divine Feminine debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, with 48,000 units, 32,000 of which were from traditional album sales. [24]

The Divine Feminine earned 12,000 album-equivalent units in the week following Mac Miller's death on September 7, 2018, thus allowing the album to re-enter the Billboard 200 at number 50. [25]

Track listing

1."Congratulations" (featuring Bilal)Grant4:16
2."Dang!" (featuring Anderson Paak)
5."Cinderella" (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
6."Planet God Damn" (featuring Njomza)
8."We" (featuring CeeLo Green)Frank Dukes5:19
9."My Favorite Part" (featuring Ariana Grande)
10."God is Fair, Sexy Nasty" (featuring Kendrick Lamar)




Chart (2016)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [26] 13
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [27] 38
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [28] 156
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [29] 6
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts) [30] 30
French Albums (SNEP) [31] 64
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [32] 67
Irish Albums (IRMA) [33] 97
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [34] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [35] 35
UK Albums (OCC) [36] 59
US Billboard 200 [37] 2
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) [38] 1

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