Mac Miller’s first posthumous album titled “Circles” will be released on Friday January, 17th as a companion album from his critically acclaimed ‘Swimming LP” The news broke from Mac’s estate on Janurary 8th through his Instagram with a heartfelt letter from Mac’s Family describing Mac’s last body of work.
Mac Miller’s posthumous project will be different than some we’ve seen in the past. It’s not a desperate money grab or a label trying to stay relevant. Its an attempt to truly capture Mac’s expression and message that he never got the chance to put out in the world. The album was nearly complete before Mac’s untimely passing in September of 2018. It was meant to accompany Swimming. Swimming In Circles was the concept. “Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle.”
Mac Had been working with producer Jon Brion who dedicated himself to finishing “Circles” after Mac’s death based on all the conversations he had with the rapper during their studio sessions.
After the album announcement the first single of “Circles” titled “Good News” was released two days later. Hearing Mac’s voice is surreal as he raps and sings over the gentle hypnotic beat with heavy lyrics that hit hard especially knowing that he is no longer with us.
You really get a sense of what Mac was going through as he sings ” Good news, good news, good news ,that’s all they wanna hear no, they don’t like it when I’m down “. Explaining how no one wants to hear about his problems and ultimately he’s alone. It then gets difficult to listen as he raps “I heard they don’t talk about me too much no more and that’s a problem with a closed door” and “there’s a whole lot more for me waitin’ on the other side”. It makes you wonder if he had a sense of his impending demise. Yet, as painful as the song is it is a beautiful work of self expression that the world needs to hear.
Mac Miller’s family will release information on “Circles” and his Charity on a new Instagram account @92tilinfinity