The death of Mac Miller affected so many people in the music industry, even artists who barely got a chance to meet him. In a video posted over the weekend, Fiona Apple lamented the rapper’s Sept. 7 death at 26 of a suspected overdose, saying she was sad she never got a chance to musically connect with the “Self Care” MC. “I just wanted to say that I’m very sad about Mac Miller dying, I don’t know why I feel like I need to express this, publicly but I guess I’m just realizing how great he was,” Apple says in the emotional one-minute clip.
The rare public statement from the reclusive singer makes more sense when she put it into a bit more context by connecting Miller to her intimate musical universe. That tie is her longtime collaborator and friend producer Jon Brion, who co-produced half the tracks on Miller’s most recent Swimming album. Apple says she only met Miller once, “for a few hours and it was a small group of people but I really really really liked him and I wanted to stay friends with him and I never got his number and I remember that we were talking about music and I remember that he was talking about how much he loved Jon Brion.”
The singer had just learned that Brion worked on Swimming, and vowed to listen to the album and “keep him alive that way. I wish I could have made music with him. He was a really good soul, and he’s still around I hope.” The kind words from Apple is the latest homage to the beloved rapper, following on the heels of a touching photo posted by Miller’s mother and a number of in-concert tributes from Drake, J. Cole, G-Eazy, Childish Gambino and more. “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,” Gambino told his crowd on Saturday night (Sept. 8). A public vigil will be held for Miller in Pittsburgh’s Blue Slide Park on Tuesday (Sept. 11).
Watch the video below.