A new album from the late Mac Miller will be released next week, titled Circles.
His death sent the world of music into mourning, leaving a huge void within the hip-hop community and so news of the album – which he was ‘well into the process of recording’ at the time of his death – has been welcomed with open arms.
In a post from Mac’s Instagram account earlier today – the first on his page since before his death – the rapper’s family announced the posthumous album in a note, describing it as a ‘companion’ to the critically acclaimed Swimming.
The 26-year-old had been working with composer Jon Brion who, after his death, helped bring the album to completion after hearing ‘early versions of songs’ when the two worked together, according to his family.
Alongside the emotional note, which thanked his fans for ‘support[ing] him unconditionally’, was a caption revealing Circles‘ release date (Friday, January 17), as well as the cover art for the album.
Comments on the post were disabled, but fans of the rapper soon took to other forms of social media to express their happiness that they would get to hear new music from their idol.
One person said they were crying ‘happy tears’ while another said they ‘haven’t been this happy in ages’. One wrote: ‘I’m looking forward to this. I still miss his voice in this world, but he’s always in my rotation.’
Another tweeted: ‘I can’t wait to hear it even though it’s gonna kill me to listen to it. I’m happy he created a final piece of work before his passing.’
After Mac’s death, he was posthumously nominated for a Grammy in the best rap album category, acknowledging the brilliance of Swimming, with fans hoping Circles will follow in its footsteps.
Rest in peace, Mac.