Released on Thursday (August 13), the deluxe version features new tracks “Ayye” and “Back in the Day” to extend the project to 18 songs in total. Speaking on Twitter, the label said, “K.I.D.S. holds a special place in all of our hearts. We hope you enjoy celebrating this iconic mixtape with us!”
Mac Miller’s K.I.D.S. Deluxe Digital is out now! Featuring 2 NEW SONGS – “Ayye” and “Back In The Day”. K.I.D.S. holds a special place in all of our hearts. We hope you enjoy celebrating this iconic mixtape with us! ❤️💙💚💛 #KIDS10
— Rostrum Records (@RostrumRecords) August 13, 2020
Both songs were recorded around the K.I.D.S. era, with lyrics about proving people wrong and taking his music further.
As he raps on “Ayye, “Too many people always thought I wouldn’t ever do shit/I’m ruinin’ my life and I’ll never get rich/Forever I’m this/Never goin’ back/Don’t fade to black/I’ma stain the map.”
Miller’s frequent collaborator E. Dan of ID Labs posted a tribute message on Instagram, saying, “I produced this one called ‘Ayye’. Love and miss my brother everyday and forever.”
The other song, “Back in the Day,” was produced by Will Brown.
K.I.D.S., which stands for Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit, was inspired by the 1995 coming-of-age movie of the same name. It was his fourth mixtape and featured notable tracks such as “Nikes on My Feet” and “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.”
The project hit streaming platforms for the first time in April after it was originally released as a free download on DatPiff a decade ago. It debuted at No. 112 on the Billboard 200 chart with roughly 9,000 total album equivalent units earned.
Rostrum released Miller’s first two albums Blue Slide Park and Watching Movies with the Sound Off, before the late rapper moved over to Warner Records in a deal reportedly worth $10 million. In addition to Miller, the Pittsburgh label is also known for its success with Wiz Khalifa.
Miller passed away in September 2018 following an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. According to The New York Times, investigators believe he died after snorting counterfeit pills.
On January 17, Miller’s estate released his posthumous album Circles with the help of producer Jon Brion, who finished the LP after his death. A deluxe version was released two months later featuring two new songs.
Last month, Warner Records announced Miller’s team was working on a mystery project to celebrate his life and music. The announcement asked fans to share stories, thoughts and wishes by leaving voice messages through a toll-free phone number.
Listen to the deluxe version of K.I.D.S. below.