Los Angeles, CA – Thundercat and the late Mac Miller were extremely close. Not only were they frequent collaborators but they were also longtime friends. The Los Angeles-bred musician was on his way back from North Carolina to see Miller right before he died.
“Hurts even more today knowing I was coming home to see him,” he tweeted on Saturday (September 8).
Over the years, Thundercat contributed to several of Miller’s albums, including 2013’s Live From Space, 2014’s Faces, 2015’s GO:OD AM and — his most recent — 2018’s SWIMMING.
In fact, Thundercat plays bass on one of the first singles released from SWIMMING called “What’s The Use?”
Miller returned the favor and appeared on Thundercat’s 2017 solo project, Drunk. Most recently, they teamed up for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series, which was released last month.
But beyond that, the two talented artists spent time just playing around and doing what friends do.
“A friend like Mac is very rare,” he tweeted. “I felt like he cared about me not just as a musician, but as a real friend. The kind of friendship you can’t make up.
“We shared everything, laughed at everything, you don’t find that type of love very often. He made me feel less crazy.”
He added, “To know Mac was definitely to love him. Hands down one of thee sincerest people I’ve met in my life.”
HipHopDX reached out to Thundercat who is understandably reeling from Miller’s unexpected death. Thundercat was scheduled to tour the country with Miller this fall as part of the SWIMMING Tour alongside J.I.D. It was supposed to kick off in San Francisco on October 27.
“If anything, just [let people know] I loved him with all my heart,” he said. “I never took any photos of us because I didn’t want to disturb reality with him. I regret it deeply. I feel like NPR actually captured it.”
Miller will clearly be missed by all those who loved him — friends, family and fans alike.
Check out more of Thundercat’s tweets and photos below and revisit the Tiny Desk Concert above.