On April 3, Thundercat will be releasing his fourth studio album What It Is, which boasts the recent single releases “Black Qualls” and “Dragonball Durag.” This week, he delivers another cut from the project titled “Fair Chance,” which features assistance from west coast artists Ty Dolla $ign and Lil B. As revealed via press release, the Sounwave, Flying Lotus and Thundercat-produced cut is a tribute to Mac Miller, who tragically passed on in 2018:
“This song is about Mac.... When he passed it shook the ground for the artist community... Ty’s a strong dude and when he heard the song he knew exactly what it should be. I was there when he recorded it. We talked about what it was, and he did what he felt was right to it, and I love what he did.”
Things will never be the same, never be the same again/
Everything so strange, it ain’t a game no more/
We were just gettin’ lifted, yesterday, yesterday/
Now we just reminiscin’, oh yesterday, yesterday/
Keep my head above water.../
The song is a heartfelt salute to a fallen artist who has positively impacted an entire culture with his music. A few weeks ago, Post Malone wore a shirt with the words “RIP Mac Miller” emblazoned on the front during a tour stop in Mac’s hometown of Pittsburgh. During that same period, Pete Davidson spoke to Charlamagne Tha God about how Miller’s passing affected him, Ariana Grande and their relationship. This past January, Grande, Jon Brion and many other producers and musicians came together to complete Miller’s posthumous release Circles, which debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with 164,000 album equivalent units sold.
What It Is will follow 2017’s Drunk, a 23-track conceptual masterpiece that saw appearances from Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell Williams, and yacht rock legends Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins, who both appeared on that album’s lead single “Show You The Way.” Prior to that, he dropped The Golden Age Of Apocalypse, Apocalypse, and the EP The Beyond/Where the Giants Roam in 2011, 2013 and 2015, respectively.
Until April arrives, fans can press play on “Fair Chance” below.