Donald Glover is currently on tour — for what he says is “the last time” — as Childish Gambino, and during his show in Chicago on Saturday, September 8, he paid tribute to fellow “internet music kid” Mac Miller.
Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, tragically passed away on Friday, September 6 due to an apparent overdose.
Glover, performing at the United Center in Chicago, took a moment to address Miller’s death, which he admitted had him “f*cked up”:
“I’m a very sensitive person. I am very sensitive. But this Mac Miller shit got me f*cked up. And I’m serious, and I see some of y’all taking your phone out, put your phone down. I don’t wanna commodify this moment. This is a moment. I don’t want this get on the internet and be sold again and again because that’s what happening to him right now, he’s not even allowed to really be dead. We’re not even really allowed to be sad about this kid who, he was so nice. Y’all don’t know, like he was the sweetest guy, he was so nice.
And we were both internet music kids cause, ya know, we came up during the internet, and a lot of critics were like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass white dude,’ just like they were like, ‘Yo, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music. And we should be allowed to be sad about it.
Like my heart was broken — like if you guys knew him, I wish — and I feel good about being sad, because it tells me that he was special, that I had a special moment, you know what I’m saying? Everybody deserves that, everybody in this room, you are nobody’s narrative. You know sometimes people struggle with that, you know, people tell you who you are on the internet‘you’re the corny ass white dude, you’re the corny ass black kid, you’re the weirdo, you’re the this, you’re the that, you’re the smart arty black girl’, they’ll make a narrative about you. But we’re all way to complex to be a narrative. So I just want to say, ‘I love you, Mac,’ and I just want to tell you guys that I love you and this song is for him, because I feel like sometimes he wanted to let go.”
Glover then dedicated his performance of Riot to the late McCormick.
Thank you for the music, Mac. May you rest in peace.
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