Mac Miller’s 2013 Off The Top Freestyle Shows His True Love For Hip-Hop (Video)
The 26-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MC/producer Mac Miller passed away on Friday (September 7), leaving a handful of essential albums behind, and the Hip-Hop community in total mourning.
Born Malcolm James McCormick, Miller had recently released his fifth studio album, Swimming, and was about to kick off a national tour on October 27 in San Francisco, with bassist/singer Thundercat and Atlanta rapper J.I.D. joining as supporting acts. Unfortunately and accordingly, the tour has been canceled, and the last bit of activity we’re left with from Miller is the rapper’s latest music video for “Hurt Feelings,” performed live at The Hotel Café.
This weekend, British mainstay DJ and radio personality Tim Westwood has joined in sharing his favorite Mac memory by uploading a freestyle from his archives. The Most Dope MC proves his love for Hip-Hop with a nearly 15-minute freestyle session from 2013, spitting a few fire bars before going full-on off-top improv. The artist who worked with a cross-section of Hip-Hop shows just how much of a fan he is. That presents itself in the gold-certified Mac going back to basics going off-the-top of the dome. Moreover, Miller starts grabbing random records from Westwood’s massive vinyl collection and spitting rhymes.
Hardly missing a beat, Miller goes off for what seems like forever. Without looking, Miller begins with some Beanie Sigel wax at 4:30, “I never do an acapella / I need a beat, label, that’s Roc-A-Fella / Records / Listen to the lecture.” Grabbing a second plate he goes, “You talkin’, but that’s not noise / Talk about Wayne and see the Hot Boys / Man, look at that cover! / I used to have to hide this from my mother!” He shows some mid-’90s finesse when he picks up a copy of Sir-Mix-A-Lot’s Mack Daddy and spits: “F*ck it, you know I spittin’ hot, and I’m all about the ass, Sir Mix-A-Lot / Mack Daddy, take out the K, then you got the way you spell my name, aye.” Through all the selections, Mac Miller beams with fun and pride for his rhyme skills. Even with a massive album during this campaign, the MC is rhyming just like he did back in Frick Park (aka Blue Slide Park).
Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to Mac Miller’s family, the Most Dope squad, and his fans.