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Rapper offers sparse, pitch-shifted take on Joel’s 1977 ballad “Vienna” under Under Larry Fisherman alias

Mac Miller

Brick Stowell

While other artists are jovially releasing holiday tunes to round out the year, Mac Miller has posted a creepy, yet soulful, Soundcloud cover of Billy Joel’s 1977 ballad “Vienna” under his Larry Fisherman alias, Noisey reports.

Over woozy piano chords, the rapper sings in a pitch-shifted rumble, “Where’s the fire, what’s the hurry about? / You’d better cool it off before you burn it out.”

Miller previously released the 2013 instrumental mixtape Run-On Sentences Vol. 1 under his Fisherman production pseudonym alongside a mixtape under the name Delusional Thomas. The year before, he released a set of lounge-jazz tracks as Larry Lovestein and the Velvet Revival. 

His last release as Mac Miller, GO:OD A.M., came out in October. Last week, after spending three months on tour, the rapper postponed four upcoming shows in Australia and New Zealand, citing exhaustion. “I haven’t cancelled anything in 5 years, but I found out I was human. Fuck,” he tweeted. “I thought I was a super hero … I’m not giving up on that theory.”

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