There’s an unreleased Mac Miller album somewhere in renowned producer Madlib’s vaults, according to fellow producer Thelonious Martin.
Martin revealed the information during a recent interview with DJBooth, where he spoke at length about his admiration for the late Miller, who died of an overdose last September. “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,” Martin said. “And I turn to him, I’m like, ‘There’s more of these, right?’ He said, ‘Oh, yeah, there’s a whole album. Maclib.’”
His story was recently corroborated by a tweet from singer-producer Thundercat. “I was there when he recorded it,” he wrote. “Blew my fucking mind.”
The exciting news, however, must be bittersweet for fans, as Madlib is well-known for his stance against releasing posthumous material. “Ain’t nobody exploiting my shit. If I was dying in hospital I’d tell my son to go and burn it,” the producer told Dazed & Confused in 2014 about his own unreleased music. “Don’t think I’m going to get exploited like they’re doing to [J Dilla]. I’m learning from how he’s being treated from some people.”
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