One more glimpse at the “Maclib” project that never was.
Back in 2015, Madlib and the late Mac Miller linked after one of the sessions for Piñata and began a leisurely pursuit of a joined project. According to a 2019 post from the producer’s manager, Egon, Miller would get the latest batches of Madlib beats and occasionally send a verse back to HQ. After catching loose clips of Madlib spinning those unfinished tracks at DJ sets, Miller suggested a collaborative EP and continued to beam over sketches through 2017.
It’s unclear how many of those unfinished songs remain on the cutting room floor. But there’s growing evidence that there are more than we initially imagined. Earlier this week, the track “Shut The Front Door” leaked providing the first hi-fi glimpse at the Maclib project that never was. “Smile on that Ghostface, he ready to kill a priest, hip-hop still deceased, this to the activist, rest in peace,” Miller raps over a dusty soul chop from the Beat Konducta. The track appears almost a year since producer Joe Kay shared a clip of Lib spinning another unreleased song with Miller and Thundercat at a San Diego show.
Hear it while you can. Chances are it’ll be gone before too long.