Mac Miller was in the throes of promoting his latest album Swimming when he tragically passed away this summer from a toxic combination of fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. Although he had just released an album, the late rapper apparently left behind a trove of unreleased material that will likely see the light of day in the coming months and years. The first of this material is a posthumous contribution to Spotify Singles.
Recorded shortly before his death, Miller stopped by the Spotify studios in New York City for a solo performance of one original song and one cover, accompanied by nothing but a piano and his scratchy voice. For his original song, the producer performed Swimming cut “Dunno”, before proceeding to cover Billy Preston’s 1974 hit “Nothing from Nothing”.
Both tracks are almost haunting in their sparseness and intimacy, becoming almost like Nirvana’s MTV Unplugged In New York in that they display a beloved performer at their most vulnerable before their untimely demise shortly thereafter.
Stream both performances below. Update: Both recordings will be released on a limited-edition 7-inch vinyl via Spotify’s Fans First program. All proceeds will go towards The Mac Miller Circles Fund to provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities. Click here for more info.
Miller was recently memorialized at a lengthy concert featuring Chance The Rapper, SZA, Anderson .Paak, and many more. Recently, fans uncovered the rapper’s secret Instagram account attempting to “maximize the level of litness” through clips of different vape tricks.