Madlib’s recent DJ set turned into a showcase of collaborations stashed in his vault. The acclaimed producer previewed an unreleased song featuring the late Mac Miller and Thundercat during a show in San Diego on Saturday night (March 16).
The set also included an unreleased track with Freddie Gibbs, which will presumably appear on their upcoming album Bandana.
Madlib playing unreleased musix by him ft. Mac x Thundercat + unreleased Freddie Gibbs ? pic.twitter.com/OW29c5YqG2
— JOE KAY (@joekay) March 17, 2019
Madlib’s collaboration with Miller may be proof the two recorded an album together prior to Miller’s death in September 2018. In a recent interview with DJBooth, producer Thelonious Martin told a story about Madlib revealing the LP’s existence to him last summer.
“[Miller] had this Madlib album, called Maclib,” Martin said. “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 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.”
For now, listen to what Madlib cooked up with Miller and Thundercat — and Gibbs — above.