If you’ve hipped yourself to any of the leaks from Mike Posner’s latest mixtape, The Layover, you might have heard his track, “A Perfect Mess.” Amidst all the star-studded guest features, I bring this song up specifically because it’s the perfect introduction to this new chapter in the career of a once-grounded artist.
Throughout much of the release, the Southfield, MI singer can be found walking the fine line between moving to the moon and recapturing the nascent stages of his career. Yet, specifically on “Mess…,” Posner acknowledges that somewhere between “dreams in the dorm room to doing big things in the boardroom” things began picking up pace and many of us just couldn’t keep up.
While Mike can rattle off specifics that make our wallets jealous all he wants, the real intrigue lies in how the multifaceted producer/songwriter handles his core supporters. He’s well aware the moves he makes distance himself further and further from the people who boosted his career initially. Yet, when he says a line like, “I ain’t your little secret no more,” the gap seems somewhat irrelevant. Then again, maybe that type of self-prescribed confidence is exactly what’s needed to separate him from the both the past and the pack.
Take a listen and find out.
1. The Layover ft. Don Cannon
2. Wonderwall ft. Big K.R.I.T. (Drive to This)
3. Shut Up ft. Rusko (Drive to This)
4. Henny & Purple ft. Slim Thug (Smoke & Drive to This)
5. Looks Like Sex [Snippet] (Pull a Bad Bitch to This)
6. Rocket Man ft. Bun B (Fly to This)
7. Blackout Remix (Pre-Game to This)
8. Hey Lady ft. Twista (Fuck to This)
9. Marauder Music ft. Blackbear (Drive in the Dark to This)
10. Long Time (Vibe to This)
11. They Call Me ft. Bei Maejor (Ride to This)
12. 21 Days (Chill to This)
13. Attitdues ft. Casey Veggies (Blaze to This)
14. Traveling Man (Reminisce to This)
15. On Fire (Drug Dealer Girl Part II) ft. Machine Gun Kelly (Rage To This)
16. Room 925 ft. Cyhi Da Prynce (Fuck to This)
17. Mittens Up ft. Elzhi & Dusty McFly (Represent Your Shit to This)
18. A Perfect Mess (Think to This)
19. Rolling in the Deep (Fall Asleep to This)
20. The Scientist (Fall Asleep to This)
21. Echo ft. Michael Franti and rjd2 (Fall Asleep to This)