By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor
The family of the late-hip-hop star Mac Miller announced earlier today that Miller’s last record, ‘Circles,’ will be posthumously released on Jan. 17.
Miller, 26, died on Sept. 7, 2018 at his L.A. home following what officials would later determine was a accidental overdose of fentanyl. The statement was released on the Instagram page, @92tilinfinity.
Here we are. The act of having to write this at all feels surreal.
At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process
of recording his companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles.
Two different styles complementing each other, completing
a circle—Swimming in Circles was the concept. He had been
working with Jon Brion, who after hearing some early versions
of songs, cleared his calendar to help Malcolm fine-tune them.
After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles
based on his time and conversations with Malcolm. We are
eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to
the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work.
This is a complicated process that has no right answer. No
clear path. We simply know that it was important to Malcolm
for the world to hear it. One of the most difficult decisions in the
process is how best to let people know about it—how to
communicate meaningfully while keeping sacred what should be
kept sacred. So this will be the only post on any of his channels.
Information regarding this release, his charity, and Malcolm
himself will be found at @92tilinfinity. Thank you to all the fans
who’ve supported him unconditionally through the years. We
miss him. We are left to imagine where Malcolm was going and
to appreciate where he was. We hope you take the time to listen.
The look on his face when everyone was listening said it all.
with humility and gratitude. Malcolm’s family
According to the statement, Circles was the planned followup to Miller’s Swimming which was released shortly before his death. The record is an official release from Miller’s family, but many more recordings of Miller are in existence.
In November 2018, Miller’s friend Choo Jackson told the Current that the artist was selfless with his time and talent. Jackson surmises that there must be countless unheard Mac Miller recordings floating around the country. He loved working with others in an attempt to make something different, something new. Jackson says he has at least an album’s worth of material that he recorded with Miller that he plans to do something with some day.
Miller had a widespread affect on the Pittsburgh hip-hop scene, supporting, collaborating and recording with a lot of other artists. At the time of Millers death, friend and collaborator Ryan Haynes, aka DJ Afterthought told the Current on the day of Miller’s death: “He was the underdog who made his dream happen and then helped many more of us realize ours.”