Over the weekend, producer and artist Madlib took the stage at MoMA PS1 in Queens, New York as part of the Warm Up event. During his set, Madlib played an unreleased track featuring the late (and great) Mac Miller.
Shortly after the rapper’s tragic death, rumours started circulating that the two artists had collaborated together on a project titled Maclib. However, Madlib spoke to Rappcats earlier in March, saying he had no intention to release the material. Madlib and Mac first met after Mac had recorded some verses for Freddie Gibbs’ Pinata (2014) album, and by early 2015 “Mac had batches of Madlib’s beats and was recording songs”.
The idea for the EP came about after Madlib played one of their songs during a festival set. However Madlib said they didn’t discuss completing the project. “The idea was to create for creation’s sake”. This hasn’t stopped Madlib from sharing Mac’s works to the world during his sets. Back in March he played a track featuring Mac, Thundercat and Freddie Gibbs at a show in San Diego.
Madlib playing unreleased musix by him ft. Mac x Thundercat + unreleased Freddie Gibbs 👀 pic.twitter.com/OW29c5YqG2
— JOE KAY (@joekay) March 17, 2019
The latest snippet from Mac only proves his reputation as a studio rat. He opens his verse with: “Doing EPs in one day / Sober right now but I’ll be back by Sunday”. We can only hope more of his music will be released to the world. The music world may have lost Mac Miller, but his music really is the gift that keeps on coming.
Featured image via Instagram @macmiller.