Anderson .Paak is coming to Mac Miller’s defense after GoldLink’s “disrespectful” comments about the late rapper.
On Tuesday evening, GoldLink took to Instagram to pen what he claimed to be a tribute to Miller. He reflected on their time together on Mac’s “GO:OD AM Tour” where he played him his 2015 mixtape And After That, We Didn’t Talk featuring the single “Unique” with Anderson .Paak. GoldLink claims that his project served as the “blueprint” for Mac’s 2016 album The Divine Feminine.
“I always thought you drove yourself insane about your own music. So much that, you would adopt styles as homage to those around you that you loved,” he wrote. “That’s where our problem started. Divine Feminine was an actual blueprint of ‘and after that we didn’t talk’. Your single was called ‘Dang!’ Ft. Anderson Paak…you had Souelction support you on the Divine Feminine tour and when I tried to contact you, about anything at all…you never hit me.”
Despite the copycat accusations, he acknowledges Mac’s influence on his career. “You were the first person brave enough to openly say ‘he’s dope.’, and gave me a platform. That meant more to me than anything else.”
Three days before his death on Sept. 7, 2018, GoldLink visited Mac at his house. “I remember pullin up on you at the crib, walking in the house and seeing the Divine Feminine album plaque on the wall,” he said. “I was so proud of you and what YOU created for yourself. And I’m forever grateful for that.”
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Mac Miller I’d be lying if I said I was surprised to hear that you died on us. Not because you were necessarily troubled, but because you were special and because of that, you were troubled. At your peak, you were the archetypal rapper all of us wanted to be; which was independent. But also just a kid with really bright eyes about life. I’ll keep it short because I want to continue our conversation for when it’s my time to go. But I think what made you and I special is that we weren’t always on the best terms. So I didn’t always have great things to say about you. When we were on the GO:OD AM tour, I played you my album “and after that we didn’t talk”, and you thought it was absolutely incredible. I released it under the“Soulection” label and the single for my album was called “Unique” ft. Anderson Paak, and that was your favorite song at the time. You loved it so much that you made the entire tour party listen to it, and surprised me with a cake after my set. I always thought you drove yourself insane about your own music. So much that, you would adopt styles as homage to those around you that you loved. That’s where our problem started. Divine Feminine was an actual blueprint of “and after that we didn’t talk”. Your single was called “Dang!” Ft. Anderson Paak…you had Souelction support you on the Divine Feminine tour and when I tried to contact you, about anything at all…you never hit me. A close mutual friend ended up just hittin’ my DJ saying “listen man, we love Link, but we just had to do what we had to do. And Mac said if he needs a verse at anytime, he got him” We are family, you could always call me. Afterwards, we seen each other at Coachella, and you put your head down like an innocent child, but I told you to pick it up and I hugged you like the brother you are to me. You were the first person brave enough to openly say “he’s dope.”, and gave me a platform. That meant more to me than anything else. 3 days before you died, I remember pullin up on you at the crib, walking in the house and seeing the Divine Feminine album plaque on the wall. I was so proud of you and what YOU created for yourself. And I’m forever grateful for that
But Anderson .Paak is not standing for the disrespect. The Ventura artist, who collaborated with both Mac and GoldLink, blasted GoldLink for his “disrespectful, narcissistic, jealous” attack.
“You ain’t the first to make an album inspired by a relationship, you ain’t the first to make a song featuring Anderson .Paak but you are the first to disrespect my friend who is no longer here for absolutely no reason and I can’t stand for that,” .Paak wrote in a since-deleted Instagram post.
He said he tried to contact GoldLink to no avail. “I’m not a tough guy, I’m not about negativity, but this bugged me bad bro,” he said before ripping the Diaspora rapper for being ungrateful.
“Devine feminine was such a blue print of your record then tell me where the plaques are for whatever your shit was called!!” he said. “Mac brought your ass on tour and opened up his fan base to you when you had nothing and this the type of appreciation you give? You should of just been grateful for the op!”
He also called out GoldLink for waiting until after Mac’s death to bring up these issues. “What’s the point of bringing this up after his passing and disrespecting his name?” he asked. “Some things simply have nothing to do with you but when you have a God Complex im sure it’s easy to think everything comes from you or was inspired in some way.”
He ends with his own tribute to his late friend: “Mac Miller forever, love to his family and y’all have a blessed one.”