Nearly a year and a half after his devastating death, the family of Mac Miller has shared his first posthumous single.
Paired with a lush animated music video that features photos of Miller and clips of him goofing off in the studio, the mellow "Good News" feels like an appropriate in memoriam for the beloved late rapper. The song rightfully positions Miller as a saint of modern hip-hop, one who seemed to have spent much of his latter years trying to do right by his lovers, his family, and his fans. But all the while, as "Good News" suggests, he was at odds with himself—wearing thin under the friction between his ambitious, reverential nature and the pressures of being so idolized as a result.
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"Why can't it just be easy? / Why does everybody need me to stay?" Miller hushedly sings over staccato marimba chords, just one of countless lines that feel especially haunting under the shadow of his passing. "Good news, that's all they wanna hear."
The song is pulled from his upcoming posthumous record Circles, which is intended to be a companion to Swimming, the album Miller released shortly before his death. "Swimming in Circles was the concept," Miller's family wrote in an Instagram post. "This is a complicated process that has no right answer. No clear path. We simply know that it was important to Malcolm for the world to hear it."
"There's a whole lot more for me waitin' on the other side," Miller speculates in the final verse. However accidental, "Good News" paints a promised land where all of his inner wars have settled to an eternal peace.