Miami Beach, FL – When Mac Miller passed away last month, it hit a lot of people hard and the ripple effect was felt throughout the music industry.

During Tuesday night’s (October 16) airing of the 2018 BET Hip Hop Awards, Anderson .Paak expressed just how much Miller meant to him and countless others.

“Legends never die,” he begins. “Legends never die and Mac Miller not was — but is — a whole legend. Mac Miller did more in 26 years than some of y’all could do in three lifetimes. He never hesitated to extend his hand to the people he loved. He was responsible for putting on so many artists. He not only influenced me but a whole generation of new, creative, independent artists.

“Mac Miller was a humble rock star. He was a rapper’s rapper. He was an actor, a comedian, a musical genius, a heartthrob. Mac Miller was a brother. He was my friend. I loved him and I still love him. Thank you Mac for all the good times. Thank you for being you.”

The Aftermath Entertainment signee went on to assure the audience he would remain dedicated to doing the work of the Mac Miller Circles Fund, a foundation that helps underserved communities through the arts and community building.

“We will keep that dream alive,” he said.

The MMCF is holding a fundraiser on October 31 that boasts performances from Ty Dolla $ign, Paak, Action Bronson, Chance The Rapper, SZA, Travis Scott, Thundercat and more.

Watch the Paak’s tribute above and find more information on the MMCF here.