Childish Gambino's Heartbreaking Tribute To Mac Miller
"I love you Mac. I feel good about being sad, because it tells me that he was special"
Rapper Childish Gambino (real name Donald Glover) has given an emotional tribute to Mac Miller during his concert in Chicago on Saturday.
Asking fans not to record the heartfelt moment on camera in order to not “commodify the moment,” he said:
"I'm a very sensitive person... but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up," he told the 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."
"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."
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He wrapped up by dedicating his performance of “Riot” to the Miller, saying, “So 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.”
It’s the latest in a long line of tributes for 26-year-old Miller, who passed away on Friday after a suspected overdose, with iconic singer Sir Elton John also dedicating his performance to the rapper over the weekend during his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour.
“Unbelievably, 26 years of age, and passed away yesterday. It’s inconceivable that someone so young, and with so much talent, could do that. And I just would like to pass all of our love and best wishes to his loved ones, his family, his friends. And, Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now,” he told the Pennsylvania crowd before dedicating Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me to Miller.
The rapper’s ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande -- who dated Miller for several years before calling it quits in May this year, after saying she "could not longer babysit him" -- has not yet commented on his death, but posted a black and white photo of Miller to Instagram sans caption.
Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was found dead at his home in San Fernando Valley, California, at about midday on Friday, September 8.