The unreleased freestyle video was taken by Masked Gorilla in 2010, when Miller was 18 years old. In the YouTube video description, the publication’s founder Roger Gengo shared some insights of the day the video was shot:
Here's a video of Mac Miller freestyling in 2010 after I interviewed him for Masked Gorilla. He was still in highschool. So was I. It was before he released K.I.D.S. Before he had any tattoos. It was his first interview. It was mine too. He was in New York City for a few days. Before he left to fly home I met him at his hotel near the airport. I was incredibly nervous driving there. So nervous that, even though his manager Quinten instructed me to come up to the room when I arrived, I waited in the lobby for him to tell me again. Eventually Q came down. I asked Q why they were in NYC. Someone flew them out, but their parents didn’t know the trip was paid for, so they gave them travel money. They were excited about that. We were, literally, all just kids pretending that we knew what we were doing. I walked into the hotel room and greeted Mac. He was very energetic. I don’t think either of us could believe that the other wanted to do the interview. We filmed the interview. It felt like the greatest thing I had ever done in my life. Then we all piled in my mom’s car to get food. We did some other things, too, then I dropped him back off at the hotel.
Mac Miller passed away on Sept. 7, of an apparent overdose, when he was 26. The tragic news arrived about a month after he released his fifth studio album, Swimming, in which he addressed his battle with substance abuse and self-love.
His Self Care Tour, in support of the album, was set to kick off on Oct. 27. The tribute concert Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life will be livestreamed at Los Angeles' Greek Theatre on Oct. 31 at 6:30 p.m. PT / 9:30 p.m. ET. The event will benefit the Mac Miller Circles Fund, which aims to help young people in underserved communities by giving them access to programming and additional resources centered on creativity and community building. Travis Scott, SZA, John Mayer, Action Bronson, Chance the Rapper, Earl Sweatshirt, Thundercat, and Vince Staples are among those on the lineup for the show.