It's been less than six months since Mac Miller passed but to many fans, it feels like forever. The amazing part of Mac's legacy is that he affected just as many fellow musicians as he did fans, and this week Syd from R&B outfit The Internet has shared some truly heartwarming memories about her mate Mac.
In an interview with DJ Booth as part of their year-long Year Of Mac initiative, Syd remembered the generosity of the rapper, touring with him and just hanging out and it's making us a little teary-eyed.
In one memory, she shares how Mac saw her and her bandmates longingly looking at an instrument in a store, only to have Mac secretly buy it for them.
"At the time we were recording a lot of live instrumentation and he was really interested in it, and he had the space and the money to accomplish some of the things that we kinda couldn’t. He took us with him to Guitar Center in a 12-passenger van. He was like, “What should I get?” He wanted to set up a live jam room. We helped him pick out a keyboard. He bought a new guitar. I think he already had a drum set. I think they might’ve got some microphones for it.
"He saw Matt [Martians] and I kinda fanning out over this plug-in called Omnisphere. It’s a synth plug-in. He saw me and Matt kinda staring at it. We couldn’t really afford it, so we were just staring at it [laughs] like, “When we get this, it’s gon’ be a wrap!” And he saw us talking about it, and when we got back to his house, he pulled it out of a bag like, “Here, I got this for you guys"."
She also remembers how close their families got hanging out on tour.
"His mom was at a lot of shows, taking pictures. She would send me pictures and that meant a lot. I had lunch with his mom yesterday. It just brought us closer to a family. I remember at the very end of the tour, my mom and my dad had fallen in love with him as well. So they hosted, at my house, a giant dinner for us and everyone that was on the tour. And mind you it was us [laughs] and our whole crew and [Mac] and his whole crew. Chance was invited. Everyone was invited, and he came and his mom came, and he said grace! We prayed before we ate, and he was the one who said the prayer. It was so right, you know? Everything just felt good."
As a person, Syd says Mac was absolutely obsessed with music, a hard-worker and loved the simple things in life.
"He was living life the way you’re kind of supposed to, you know? Spent a lot of time with his friends, and his family. Spent his hard-earned money on things that made life more fun. He had no problem spending six grand on a guitar because he really loved to play guitar, and he knew getting this new guitar would make him play guitar even more. Next thing you know, he had a new album out."
It's a long but lovely read and just makes us miss him all the more.