Mac Miller‘s family has shared the first single off his forthcoming posthumous album, “Good News.” The track’s accompanying music video kicks off with the late rapper in the studio, inviting the camera inside the recording booth to see how he works. Visual collages directed by Anthony Gaddis and Eric Tilford make up the rest of the video, including out-of-this-world animation, references to his previous releases, and stills of him performing and playing instruments. It ends with a shot of Miller walking backward toward a light source, which later on becomes visible as an airplane window — an ode to the cover of Swimming. Much like a goodbye, he walks into the light and we return to the studio where he enjoys a piano sample with a smile on his face.
“Good News” leads Miller’s Swimming companion piece Circles, which was announced by his family just a day before the single. The project is co-produced by Jon Brion and will feature 12 new tracks from the late rapper along with two additional bonus tracks. “Here we are. The act of having to write this at all feels surreal. At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles,” his family wrote on an Instagram post. “Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle – Swimming and Circles was the concept. He had been working with Jon Brion, who after hearing some early versions of songs, cleared his calendar to help Malcolm fine-tune them. After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles based on his time and conversations with Malcolm. We are eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work.”
Watch the visual for “Good News” above, stream the single on Spotify and Apple Music and take a look at the full tracklist below. Circles drops January 17.
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