Although it’s been over a year now since Mac Miller‘s passing, the sadness he left in the hip-hop world and music industry at large is still palpable. As countless artists have shared and continue to share their fondest memories and deepest feelings about the legendary rapper, GoldLink took to Instagram today with an open letter thanking, remembering and oddly criticizing Mac – prompting Anderson .Paak to issue a response.
On Tuesday night (Nov. 26) GoldLink uploaded a few images of Mac Miller paired with a long caption touching on the nature of his relationship with the late artist. Speaking on Mac’s accomplishments, legacy and their friendship, GoldLink offered up some kind words for Mac before going on to accuse him of using his 2015 mixtape And After That, We Didn’t Talk as a “an actual blueprint” for Mac’s 2016 album The Divine Feminine.
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Mac Miller I’d be lying if I said I was surprised to hear that you died on us. Not because you were necessarily troubled, but because you were special and because of that, you were troubled. At your peak, you were the archetypal rapper all of us wanted to be; which was independent. But also just a kid with really bright eyes about life. I’ll keep it short because I want to continue our conversation for when it’s my time to go. But I think what made you and I special is that we weren’t always on the best terms. So I didn’t always have great things to say about you. When we were on the GO:OD AM tour, I played you my album “and after that we didn’t talk”, and you thought it was absolutely incredible. I released it under the“Soulection” label and the single for my album was called “Unique” ft. Anderson Paak, and that was your favorite song at the time. You loved it so much that you made the entire tour party listen to it, and surprised me with a cake after my set. I always thought you drove yourself insane about your own music. So much that, you would adopt styles as homage to those around you that you loved. That’s where our problem started. Divine Feminine was an actual blueprint of “and after that we didn’t talk”. Your single was called “Dang!” Ft. Anderson Paak…you had Souelction support you on the Divine Feminine tour and when I tried to contact you, about anything at all…you never hit me. A close mutual friend ended up just hittin’ my DJ saying “listen man, we love Link, but we just had to do what we had to do. And Mac said if he needs a verse at anytime, he got him” We are family, you could always call me. Afterwards, we seen each other at Coachella, and you put your head down like an innocent child, but I told you to pick it up and I hugged you like the brother you are to me. You were the first person brave enough to openly say “he’s dope.”, and gave me a platform. That meant more to me than anything else. 3 days before you died, I remember pullin up on you at the crib, walking in the house and seeing the Divine Feminine album plaque on the wall. I was so proud of you and what YOU created for yourself. And I’m forever grateful for that
As reviews and thoughts of the recent tribute continue to flood in, Anderson .Paak quickly responded to GL’s controversial post, calling it “disrespectful, narcissistic and jealous”. In a since-deleted full IG post response to GL, AP questions why the rapper felt the need to air his frustrations far after Mac’s passing, saying “you ain’t the first to make an album inspired by a relationship”. See GoldLink’s IG post and the caption for AP’s deleted response below and enjoy!