Rapper Mac Miller recorded a whole new album before his untimely death
It's fair to say that Mac Miller's death has been a profound loss for the music industry, and has had a profound effect on his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande. On September 7, 2018, Miller's personal assistant discovered him unconscious at his home in Studio City. They quickly dialled 911 and performed CPR, but paramedics Miller was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of a suspected drug overdose.
The county coroner's office later confirmed that Miller died from an accidental drug overdose due to a "mixed drug toxicity" of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine. He was only 26-years-old.
Miller had been open about his struggles with addiction throughout his career, but his tragic death at a young age meant that he left a lot of things unsaid. He was scheduled for a video shoot on the day of his death, which his many millions of fans will now never get to see. A mere month before his death, his fifth studio album Swimming had been released to critical acclaim. However, now a source close to Miller had claimed that he was working on a collaborative new album with him, which will now sadly never see the light of day.
In a recent interview with DJ Booth, Chicago producer Thelonious Martin claimed that Miller had created a collaborative album with producer and rapper Madlib. Martin stated:
"When we was working on 'Guidelines,' he was always excited about all these other songs. He had this Madlib album, called 'Maclib'. I opened for Madlib in Chicago last summer, at Pitchfork. So I'm opening for Madlib, and about 15, 20 minutes left in my set, Madlib pulls up. Pete Rock walks up as well."
"So I'm trying to focus and DJ, and Madlib gets on and 15 minutes into his set he just randomly plays a Mac Miller joint. And I turn to him, I'm like, 'There's more of these, right?' He's said, 'Oh, yeah, there's a whole album. Maclib.' What! What! He just kept moving on with his DJ set. If Madlib decides to bless the world with that project, he should."
Miller collaborated with many artists in the course of his career, including Vince Staples, Tyler the Creator, Wiz Khalifa, and Thundercat. After his death, a tribute concert was held in Los Angele, in which his friends and collaborators performed or provided messages at the concert. The proceeds raised there were donated to the Mac Miller Circles Fund, to support youth arts and community-building programs in his memory. The initiative raised over $700,000 by January 2019.
Of course, Miller's most famous collaborator was his ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande. In the wake of Miller's death, she shared a short video of the two together on her Instagram page, writing: "I adored you from the day I met you when I was nineteen and I always will. I can't believe you aren't here anymore. I really can't wrap my head around it. We talked about this. So many times."