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GoldLink clarifies controversial Mac Miller post

He says the post was out of “love.”

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On Tuesday (Nov. 27), GoldLink penned a lengthy open-letter to the late Mac Miller. Miller and GoldLink were close collaborators, with Miller being one of the first to shine a light on GoldLink when he was still up-and-coming and bringing him as a supporting act on his GO:OD AM Tour.

“So I didn’t always have great things to say about you. When we were on the GO:OD AM tour, I played you my album and after that, we didn’t talk, and you thought it was absolutely incredible,” GoldLink wrote in the post. “I released it under the ‘Soulection’ label and the single for my album was called ‘Unique’ ft. Anderson Paak, and that was your favorite song at the time. You loved it so much that you made the entire tour party listen to it, and surprised me with a cake after my set.”

GoldLink recalled their relationship turning sour when he accused Miller of using his album And After That, We Didn’t Talk as a “blueprint” for Miller’s Divine Feminine.

“I always thought you drove yourself insane about your own music. So much that, you would adopt styles as homage to those around you that you loved. That’s where our problem started. Divine Feminine was an actual blueprint of and after that, we didn’t talk,” he wrote. “Your single was called “Dang!” Ft. Anderson Paak...you had Souelction support you on the Divine Feminine tour and when I tried to contact you, about anything at all...you never hit me.”

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Mac Miller I’d be lying if I said I was surprised to hear that you died on us. Not because you were necessarily troubled, but because you were special and because of that, you were troubled. At your peak, you were the archetypal rapper all of us wanted to be; which was independent. But also just a kid with really bright eyes about life. I’ll keep it short because I want to continue our conversation for when it’s my time to go. But I think what made you and I special is that we weren’t always on the best terms. So I didn’t always have great things to say about you. When we were on the GO:OD AM tour, I played you my album “and after that we didn’t talk”, and you thought it was absolutely incredible. I released it under the“Soulection” label and the single for my album was called “Unique” ft. Anderson Paak, and that was your favorite song at the time. You loved it so much that you made the entire tour party listen to it, and surprised me with a cake after my set. I always thought you drove yourself insane about your own music. So much that, you would adopt styles as homage to those around you that you loved. That’s where our problem started. Divine Feminine was an actual blueprint of “and after that we didn’t talk”. Your single was called “Dang!” Ft. Anderson Paak...you had Souelction support you on the Divine Feminine tour and when I tried to contact you, about anything at all...you never hit me. A close mutual friend ended up just hittin’ my DJ saying “listen man, we love Link, but we just had to do what we had to do. And Mac said if he needs a verse at anytime, he got him” We are family, you could always call me. Afterwards, we seen each other at Coachella, and you put your head down like an innocent child, but I told you to pick it up and I hugged you like the brother you are to me. You were the first person brave enough to openly say “he’s dope.”, and gave me a platform. That meant more to me than anything else. 3 days before you died, I remember pullin up on you at the crib, walking in the house and seeing the Divine Feminine album plaque on the wall. I was so proud of you and what YOU created for yourself. And I’m forever grateful for that

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Anderson .Paak ended up weighing in on the post, where he called GoldLink “jealous” and “disrespectful.”

“[Goldlink] I would imagine yo weird a** posted up somewhere just like this when you decided to make that disrespectful, narcissistic, jealous grossly unnecessary post,” .Paak wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post. “Why you would do it I can’t even understand It . maybe your belt was wrapped around your Gotdamn waist too tight or maybe it was the choker cutting the circulation off to the brain but since you felt it necessary to bring me up twice and my boy ain’t here to respond ima say it like this. You ain’t the first to make an album inspired by a relationship, you ain’t the first to make a song featuring Anderson .Paak but you are the first to disrespect my friend who is no longer here for absolutely no reason and I can’t stand for that.”

After receiving criticism from .Paak and Mac Miller fans, GoldLink reflected on his comments at a recent concert.

“Mac Miller is one of my best friends in the whole f**king world,” he told the crowd. “The first ni**a that ever looked my way was Pusha T, the second person was Wale and the third person was Mac muthaf**king Miller... Without Mac Miller, there would be no GoldLink.”

The artist went on to clarify his initial post, saying it was “about love.”

“The whole post I made about Mac Miller was about love and that ni**as can actually be brothers,” he said. “It wasn’t about stealing. I never used the word ‘copy,’ I never used the word ‘steal.’”

“Mac Miller wrote all of Divine Feminine. That was a great album,” he concluded. “That’s one of the realest ni**as I ever met.”

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