Mac Miller’s musical output had been relentless prior to his devastating fatal drug overdose last September at age 26. Outside of 2017, Mac always released something to cater to his diehard fan base. On Monday (May 20), a rare posthumous unreleased track titled “Benji The Dog” leaked online.
Outside of a rumored joint EP with Madlib, there hasn’t been much unheard Mac music surfacing in the wake of the rapper’s death. “Benji The Dog” samples Valerie Simpson‘s 1972 song “Benjie,” which Stereogum points out producer Streetrunner had already sampled on Lil Wayne and Drake‘s “With You.”
There’s also a sample of Friends actor David Schwimmer saying, “He’s always going to be the Juice.” That clip was pulled from the The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Story — in which Schwimmer played Robert Kardashian — but many believe it was added after the song’s actual recording.
“They told me don’t make a promise you can’t keep/ All the drugs in your system, you can’t sleep/ How many times you had to buy a Plan B/ For a girl you never bring back home to meet your family,” the Pittsburgh native candidly rhymes. A spokesperson for Miller’s label had no comment on the track at press time.
It remains to be seen if Miller’s estate will release a posthumous body of work at some point. Producer Sap believes that Mac gave his fans a formidable output during his career.
“It’s so many records that I have, I don’t even know the projects they’re from. I feel like he was somebody that put out everything that needed to be out, you know? I feel like he gave the fans the right music. I’m sure a lot of fans want more Mac music, especially if he’s your favorite artist. I think he gave the fans a good amount of work,” he told DJ Booth. “The stuff he put out, that’s a full career for somebody else.”