Mack­le­more and Lil Yachty’s ‘Mar­malade’

USA TODAY Weekend Extra - - LIFE - Maeve Mc­Der­mott

In a way, Mack­le­more and Lil Yachty are kin­dred hip-hop spir­its. Both have ra­bid fan bases and have in­spired plenty of hate among their de­trac­tors. Their mu­sic, which of­ten toes the line be­tween play­fully ex­u­ber­ant and eye­rollingly ju­ve­nile, of­ten leaves crit­ics con­fused. And now, the two rap­pers have a new track to­gether to get the In­ter­net talking: Mar­malade, a col­lab­o­ra­tion for Mack­le­more’s forth­com­ing solo al­bum. At 34, Mack­le­more is a full 15 years older than Yachty. But as the track shows, he’s more than ca­pa­ble of chan­nel­ing the younger rap­per’s sing-song, Au­to­tuned ca­dences. Mack­le­more has been open with his strug­gles with sub­stance abuse, but as he told Beats 1’s Zane Lowe this week, Mar­malade’s play­ground cheer­ful­ness is ev­i­dence of his im­proved men­tal and emo­tional health. “This al­bum, I was in a good place,” he said. “For the most part, if I’m in a happy place and life is good, that’s go­ing to be re­flected in the mu­sic.”

GUS­TAVO CABALLERO, GETTY IM­AGES, FOR TURNER SPORTS JA­SON LAVERIS, FILMMAGIC

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NEIL KRUG

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