GoldLink caught heat this week over an Instagram post that many believed was dismissive of Mac Miller's work. The D.C.-bred rapper shared a photo of the late Miller with a lengthy caption that compared their respective albums, And After That, We Didn’t Talk and Divine Feminine

"I always thought you drove yourself insane about your own music," GoldLink wrote. "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.'"

People were quick to blast GoldLink for suggesting Miller had copied his style. Anderson .Paak, who has collaborated with both artists, shared a since-deleted message in which accused GoldLink of being an ungrateful attention-seeker.

"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," he wrote in part. "If Divine Feminine was such a blueprint of your record then tell me where the plaques are for whatever your shit was called! ...Some things simply have nothing to do with you but when have a God Complex, I’m sure it’s easy to think everything comes from you or was inspired by some way. Whatever it is, I ain’t giving it no more energy."

GoldLink addressed the controversy during a Wednesday night concert, when he referred to Miller as his "best friend," and acknowledged that he was one of the few rappers who helped him at the beginning his career.

"Without Mac Miller, there would be no GoldLink ..." he said on stage, before touching on the backlash. "I'mma be a sacrifice for everybody in this fuckin' shit right now. You say whatever the fuck you want ... you say it however the fuck you want it. You don't have to explain yourself to no-motherfuckin'-body ... we ain't worried about n***as that we don't know."

He continued: "The whole post I that made about Mac Miller was about love and that n***as can actually be brothers. It wasn't about stealing. I never used the word copy. I never used the word steal. The thing is, Mac Miller wrote all of Divine Feminine. That was a great album. The fact that he made a n***a a cake was one of the most heartwarming shits when you're a young n***a in the game. What rapper makes other rappers cakes? .... That's some cute boyfriend-girlfriend shit we was doing...That's one of the realest n***as I ever met. So I don't give a fuck what nobody say about it."

You can hear his full statement in the video above.


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 had Souelction support you on the Divine Feminine tour and when I tried to contact you, about anything at 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

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