It's been a suffocating experience and trying time for the hip-hop community since the passing of Mac Miller last month. Miller passed away at the tender age of 26, from a reported overdose earlier this year.
In light of Mac's death, fans of the artist have been posting remembrance videos and listening to their favorite projects. But music site, MaskedGorilla, has dug up a gem of their own that is quite incomparable to anything we've seen over the past month. In the short clip posted to YouTube, a young 18-year-old Miller can be seen exercising his lyrical ability in front of the camera.
Following his freestyle display, the man also known as Delusional Thomas went on to promote his then debut mixtape, K.I.D.S (Kicking Incredibly Dope S**t). A mixtape that would be his guiding light and help rise to prominence in the hip-hop realm. The video also shows Mac comically struggling to provide MaskedGorilla with an appropriate drop. He eventually gets it before the clip ends displaying a genuinely pleasant, personable, and amusing side of Mac Miller.
Fortunately, the culture is providing itself with healthy coping mechanisms to sincerely recognize Mac Miller's contributions to a genre of music he dedicated his life to. A group of his close associates including Vince Staples, Chance The Rapper, and ScHoolboy Q took to their public platforms to unveil the upcoming Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life tribute concert that will be taking place tomorrow, Oct. 31st at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles utilizing the Mac Miller Circles Fund as a beneficiary for the event. Performers will include the likes of John Mayer, SZA, Thundercat, Action Bronson and so many more will hit the stage in honor of the late Easy Mac also known as Larry Fisherman, his official production moniker.
Take a look at Mac Miller's MaskedGorilla freestyle for yourself and give thanks for the moments, emotions, and happiness he's provided us with his art. Rest in power, Malcolm.