MonoNeon Featured on Posthumous Mac Miller Album, “Circles”
Rapper Mac Miller tragically passed away in 2018, but we’re now getting to hear what he was working on before his death. Circles is the first posthumous release of Miller’s work and was originally envisioned as the counterpart to his previous release, Swimming.
It was completed by producer Jon Brion, who was working on it with Miller since 2018. Brion contributed most of the instrumentals on the album including bass. Miller himself plays bass on the Arthur Lee cover “Everybody,” while Prince collaborator Wendy Melvoin handles the low end for “Good News.” The rapper also tapped Dywane “MonoNeon” Thomas, Jr. for a song.
“This is super special for me mane!!! Mac Miller messaged me on Instagram out of the blue March 1st of 2018 asking to record bass on a song that would be entitled, ‘Complicated,'” the bassist writes. “When he emailed the track for me to work on the next day (March 2nd of 2018), I didn’t think much of it ever being released. I was just excited to collab with Mac in some way. I was so excited that I ran into my mom’s room, jumping around and told her, ‘Mac Miller wants me to record bass on his song, hell yea!’ – not knowing it would be one of his last recordings. Unfortunately me and Mac didn’t get a chance to meet in person but Mac showed me love and I’m grateful for that!”
You can hear MonoNeon’s signature grooves in the music video for the track:
Circles Track List:
- Blue World
- Good News
- I Can See
- Hand Me Downs
- That’s On Me
- Once A Day