Published Feb 20, 2019In 2003, Madlib teamed with J Dilla to release Champion Sound as Jaylib. In 2014, he teamed with Freddie Gibbs to release Piñata, with the duo coming to be colloquially known as "MadGibbs." Now, it's been revealed that the revered producer had recorded a body of work with the late Mac Miller, titled Maclib.
The album's existence was shared by producer and Miller collaborator Thelonious Martin in conversation with DJ Booth. When asked about unreleased music from Miller, Martin confirmed that there is indeed "plenty of it" before expanding on Maclib:
When we was working on "Guidelines," he was always excited about all these other songs. He had this Madlib album, called Maclib. I opened for Madlib in Chicago last summer, at Pitchfork. So I'm opening for Madlib, and about 15, 20 minutes left in my set, Madlib pulls up. Pete Rock walks up as well. 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. And I turn to him, I'm like, "There's more of these, right?" He's said, "Oh, yeah, there's a whole album. Maclib." What! What! He just kept moving on with his DJ set. If Madlib decides to bless the world with that project, he should.
Elsewhere in the interview, Martin reflects on his friendship and working relationship with Miller. You can read the entire conversation here.
Last September, Miller was found unresponsive in his home in the San Fernando Valley, CA. His cause of death was later revealed to be "mixed drug toxicity." Miller was 26.
Madlib is readying a second collaborative effort alongside Freddie Gibbs titled Bandana. The album is expected to see release this April, and you can hear a first single from the effort here.