Madlib Previews Some Of The Music He Made With Mac Miller
UPDATE: Following the recent footage of Madlib playing some unreleased collaborative music with Mac Miller, his team has released a statement.
Rapp Cats, a California-based store and label run by Madlib’s manager and business partner, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt published a statement today (March 20). “What exists is what the two had originally intended – an EP’s worth of music that was supposed to be the start of something. The end point wasn’t planned out or even discussed. The idea was to create for creation’s sake,” begins the statement on the Rapp Cats website.
After chronicling some of the 2017 exchanges that led to music, the statement closes, “And that name, MacLib? Like Jaylib, it was just in the metadata of one of the files he sent over. ‘MacLib – Number 4’ it read. The song still doesn’t have an official title, and there are no official plans to release the EP.”
ORIGINAL MARCH 18 STORY: Less than a month ago, Hip-Hop Heads learned that Mac Miller and Madlib had recorded an album together before the former’s death last September. Fans got a taste of that chemistry on Freddie Gibbs & Madlib’s Pinata album’s title track. However, a body of work reportedly called MacLib not only exists, it sometimes sneaks into public consumption.
Shortly after Mac’s passing, Madlib’s manager and business partner, Eothen “Egon” Alapatt confirmed that the two artists had “started to work on a project together” in an Instagram tribute. Egon added, “[Mac Miller’s] rapping on Madlib’s beats were better than many others who had tried to tackle the same tracks before him. When Madlib would play a song at a festival somewhere, I would send a text, and we would talk about making some music, having fun.”
One of Miller’s collaborators, Thelonious Martin, told DJ Booth‘s Donna-Claire Chesman that he heard both artists glow over their collabs. “When we was working on ‘Guidelines,’ [Mac Miller] was always excited about all these other songs. He had this Madlib album, called Maclib. I opened for Madlib in Chicago last summer, at [the] Pitchfork [Festival]. 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.”
Like the Chicago, Illinois producer’s account of Pitchfork Fest’, Madlib did it again this past weekend. According to Okay Player, Madlib broke out a collaboration with Miller and Thundercat at San Diego, California’s The Music Box. Twitter user JoeKay captured the moment on video, and shared it on social media:
Madlib playing unreleased musix by him ft. Mac x Thundercat + unreleased Freddie Gibbs 👀 pic.twitter.com/OW29c5YqG2
— JOE KAY (@joekay) March 17, 2019
At the top of the video, viewers can hear Miller rapping. Meanwhile, Madlib stands behind his equipment, including a mixer and turntables. In another clip in the same video, viewers can catch some unreleased Madlib and Freddie Gibbs.