Maclib, the collaborative project from the late emcee Mac Miller and legendary hip-hop producer Madlib, could finally see the light of day. In a new interview with Sway, Madlib casually revealed that he's "finishing up" work on the album along with work for Erykah Badu and Planet Asia. No release date is revealed, but Madlib says that he has the approval of Miller's estate. Watch a video of the exchange below via Pigeons & Planes.
.@madlib is “finishing up” his collab album with @MacMiller, ‘Maclib.’— Pigeons & Planes (@PigsAndPlans) March 28, 2023
News of Maclib's existence first emerged in February 2019 during a Thelonious Martin interview with DJ Booth. Martin said that Miller and Madlib had begun work on the project in 2018 prior to Miller's passing of an accidental drug overdose. As hype built around the project, Madlib posted a since-deleted update on his official website in March 2019 and described the timeline of their collaboration, which began with a Mac Miller verse recorded for Piñata, the 2015 Madlib and Freddie Gibbs collaboration.
"By early 2015 Mac had batches of Madlib’s beats and was recording songs," the statement read. Over the years, Madlib would preview the completed songs during his live DJ sets. However, at the time of the statement's publication, Madlib said that "there are no official plans" to release the music officially. That, it seems, has changed.