Following his tragic and untimely death on September 6, giants of the music game such as Drake, Elton John, and Donald Glover, have paid tribute to the late Mac Miller during their recent live performances. J. Cole can be added to that list now, too.
After their initial news of Miller’s passing broke, Cole took to Twitter to provide a helping hand to anyone else in the rap game who may be struggling, saying:
“This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something. If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”
Miller’s death is clearly weighing heavily on Cole, as his most recent album, KOD, was largely about the substance abuse issues that are currently plaguing our nation. Additionally, Cole recently worked with Miller, producing the song “Hurt Feelings” on his fifth and final album Swimming.
I’ve watch Cole perform every night for two years.
This was the first time I ever witness him cry on stage. #RIPMacMiler
— ANTHONY SUPREME (@ANTHONY_SUPREME) September 8, 2018
Never seen cole cry. But Mac Miller's death really hit him. Kids on drugs is what his whole KOD album was about. One of his greatest albums yet. The message is to stay away from drugs. Please people. Save your own lives. pic.twitter.com/oW1PbZp7iH
— ARKAD (@ivanefosa) September 9, 2018
During his Las Vegas concert the day of Miller’s death, Cole gave an impassioned speech about trauma, abuse, and dealing with your issues.
“As you grow up, you go through some traumatic shit. You leave it alone and you ignore it, and before you know it, you’re 20 fucking years old and you’re walking around with all this shit that’s accumulated.
Every day, Vegas, people die…. And they never got a chance to deal with their shit. I’m not trying to wait till I die to deal with my shit. I’m trying to deal with my shit right fuckin’ now.”
Cole then dedicated his performance of “Loves Yourz” to Miller:
— TomandhisCats (@TGierczic) September 8, 2018