Circles is here.
The late rapper's family announced Circles earlier this month, revealing that the project was meant to be a "companion album" to what turned out to be Mac's final LP, Swimming. "At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles. Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle—Swimming in Circles was the concept," read their statement.
Mac's family went on to explain that he had been working on Circles with singer-songwriter and producer Jon Brion prior to his death in September 2018. "After hearing some early versions of songs, [Jon] cleared his calendar to help Malcolm fine-tune them," they shared. "After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles based on his time and conversations with Malcolm. We are eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work."
Across the world, Mac's fans held listening parties and tribute events in honor of the project, including in Mac's hometown of Pittsburg, New York City, Sydney, Los Angeles, and more.
Circles, which is Mac's sixth album, is another reminder that we lost one of the greatest young talents far too soon.
Rest in Peace, Mac. You are missed.
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