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Childish Gambino Stopped His Show to Share a Heartbreaking Tribute to Mac Miller
In the days following Mac Miller’s sudden death at the age of 26, there has been an outpouring of love from the hip-hop community and beyond about the late rapper. One particularly heartbreaking tribute came from Childish Gambino, who stopped his show in Chicago this weekend to remember Miller. Although Donald Glover asked his audience to not film his tribute in order to not “commodify this moment,” video has emerged of the moment.
“I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up. He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music. And we should be allowed to be sad about it. Like my heart was broken… and I feel good about being sad, because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment… Everybody in this room deserves that.”
Glover then dedicated his song “Riot” to Miller.
“So I just wanna say ‘I love you Mac,’ and I just want to tell you that I love you and this song is for him, because I feel like sometimes he wanted to let go.”
The artist died on Friday from a suspected overdose. Chance the Rapper also sent out a series of tweets noting the important role Miller played in his life.
“I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever. But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. Im completely broken,” Chance tweeted. “God bless him. Its so crazy cause [Earl Sweatshirt] literally hit me up this morning him and [Vince Staples] were real friends I met at a pivotal time in my life through mac. This shit hurts so bad. If you love someone [make] sure u tell em.”
A vigil will be held in Pittsburgh’s at Blue Slide Park—which inspired Miller’s debut album—on Tuesday.