J. Cole’s Tearful Tribute To Mac Miller Becomes A Message To Everybody Suffering (Video)
News of Mac Miller’s passing on Friday (September 7) has shaken the music world far beyond the Rap community. Meanwhile, just about everyone in Hip-Hop has paid tribute in some way to the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native. Perhaps one of the most emotional and vivid of the tributes was made by J. Cole.
Cole, who produced “Hurt Feelings” on Miller’s recently-released album Swimming, had initially sent out a few tweets about his friend’s passing and made outreach to anyone with depression. “Rest In Peace to the great soul Mac Miller,” he tweeted. “This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something. If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need [an] ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”
More recently, the Fayetteville, North Carolina MC/producer provided a full tribute to Mac Miller on stage. Hours after the news, on Friday (September 7), Cole was in Las Vegas for his KOD Tour where he dedicated the show to Mac, who had passed away due to an apparent drug overdose earlier that day. Before performing “Love Yourz,” Cole delivered an emotional speech while getting choked up.
“As you grow up, you go through some traumatic sh*t…You leave it alone, and you ignore it, and before you know it, you’re 20 f*cking years old, and you’re walking around with all this sh*t that’s accumulated,” he told the crowd. “Every day, Vegas, people die…. And they never got a chance to deal with their sh*t…. I’m not trying to wait till I die to deal with my sh*t. I’m trying to deal with my sh*t right f*ckin’ now.”
Five weeks ago, Miller released his fifth solo studio LP, Swimming. It included contributions from J. Cole, Jon Brion, Dam-Funk, and Mac’s longtime Pittsburgh producers, I.D. Labs, and addressed a transition in the artist’s personal life.
Drake, G-Eazy, former Rostrum Records label-mate Wiz Khalifa, and Elton John, among others, have made public tributes to Mac Miller’s life since he died.