At his Childish Gambino concert in Chicago Saturday night (Sept. 8), Donald Glover took a moment to pay tribute to Mac Miller, who passed away Friday at the age of 26.
“I’m a very sensitive person…but this Mac Miller s–t got me f–ked up,” he told the United Center crowd. “He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy; he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music.”
Glover also encouraged fans to be open with their emotions and not be ashamed of their grief. “We should be allowed to be sad about it,” he said. “Like my heart was broken…and I feel good about being sad, because it tells me he was special, that I had a special moment…Everybody in this room deserves that.”
He then went on to dedicate his performance of “Riot” to Miller, saying, “I just wanna say, ‘I love you, Mac’ and I just want to tell you that I love you and this song is for him because I feel like sometimes he wanted to let go.”
Watch video of the full tribute below.