It’s been over 4 years since hip hop artist Mac Miller tragically passed from an accidental drug overdose. Now, the Pittsburgh-born artist is back in the spotlight due to two separate occasions.
First, revered hip-hop producer Madlib told Sway in the Morning on Monday (March 27) that he’s finishing several projects, including a posthumous record drop with the late rapper.
“Right now, I’m finishing up the Mac Miller album, the Planet Asia album, and the Erykah Badu album,” he said while discussing his newly released joint project Liberation 2 with Talib Kweli. Sway then asked if Mac’s estate agreed to the completion of the project, which Madlib confirmed.
News of the LP validates years of rumors about a potential collaboration between Madlib and the late Mac Miller. In a 2019 interview with DJ Booth, Miller’s producer Theolonious Martin said the two recorded an entire project together and dubbed it Maclib. That same year, clips of an unreleased song between Miller and Madlib titled “Shut the Front Door” surfaced, but were scrubbed off the internet. It’s since been privately reuploaded by fans.
The second big Mac Miller update comes from his ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande. For context, it’s been 10 years since she dropped “The Way”: the debut single from her first studio album, 2013’s Yours Truly. The song, featuring Miller, peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in April of that year.
After a fan account noted the anniversary of the song’s release on Saturday (March 25), along with a clip from the flirty video for the song and the message, “can’t believe it’s been a whole DECADE (and more) in this road together [heart hands emoji] how are u guys celebrating today?,” Grande responded, “I love you.” The singer then reposted the video onto her Instagram Story with the same loving caption.
Grande and Miller reportedly became friendly in mid-2013 after “The Way” blew up. They teamed up again for the remix of her song “Into You,” before going public as a couple at the 2016 MTV VMAs. The singer announced that they’d broken up in May 2018, just four months before Miller was found dead at age 26 from his accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol.
Miller’s final album was Circles, which was released posthumously in 2020. It was intended to be the companion to his August 2018 Grammy-nominated effort, Swimming. It managed to debut at #3 on the Billboard 200 – the highest opening week of Miller’s career.
Revisit Miller’s feature in Ariana Grande’s “The Way” below.
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Article Image: Close up of Mac Miller in green-tinted shades while performing at Splash! Festival in 2017.