The tribute concert ‘Mac Miller: A Celebration of a Life’ for the late-rapper took place last night (Oct. 31) at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. The bill for the concert featured over a dozen of the artist’s closest friends and collaborators including Anderson .Paak, Thundercat, SZA, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Travis Scott, Chance the Rapper, John Mayer and more.
The Pittsburgh-born rapper and producer was found dead in his California home on Sept. 7 of a suspected drug overdose.
The tribute began with a montage of photos and videos of Miller from his childhood, showcasing the rapper’s early talent and potential. It was then followed by a series of performances from Action Bronson, J.I.D and Njomza; shoutouts from Pusha T, Pharrell, Lil Wayne, A$AP Ferg and Tyler the Creators were shown, all recalling fond memories of the artist.
Travis Scott concluded the concert with a heartfelt speech and Miller, from a previous recording, was soon heard as the lights went down thanking everyone for coming.
Proceeds from the event were donated to The Mac Miller Circles Fund, a nonprofit formed by Mac’s family after his passing, according to its website, it “will provide programming, resources and opportunities to youth from underserved communities, helping them recognize their full potential through exploration in the arts and community building.”
After his tragic death in September, the internet was sent into an outpouring of grief and artists ranging from Elton John and Kendrick Lamar to Childish Gambino and Fiona Apple dedicated live performances to the rapper.
In his career, the rapper wove aspects of Pittsburgh through many elements of his albums. Miller’s debut album, ‘Blue Slide Park’, featured a blue slide from a park in his hometown. A memorial has since been held at the park which was portrayed on said album. The Pirates, Miller’s hometown baseball team, also memorialized the rapper with a moment of silence at a game against the Kansas City Royals.
Authorities have not yet determined Miller’s cause of death. The rapper’s last and fifth album, ‘Swimming’, was released on August 3.
You can watch the almost four-hour, star-studded tribute, below: