Mac Miller. Photo courtesy MTV.

The family of Mac Miller, aka Malcolm, today announced a new album from the late rapper. Titled “Circles,” it’s a companion album to the Grammy-nominated “Swimmers.” It will be released January 17, two days before Mac Miller’s birthday.

Here is the full Instagram post with more information:

“The act of having to write this at all feels surreal. At the time of his passing, Malcolm was well into the process of recording his companion album to Swimming, entitled Circles. Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle — Swimming in Circles was the concept. He had been working with Jon Brion, who, after hearing some early versions of songs, cleared his calendar to help Malcolm fine-tune them. After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles based on his time and conversation with Malcolm. We are eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work.

This is a complicated process that has no right answer. No clear path. We simply know that it was important to Malcolm for the world to hear it. One of the most difficult decisions in the process is how best to let people know about it — how to communicate meaningfully while keeping sacred what should be kept sacred. So this will be the only post on any of his channels. Information regarding this release, his charity, and Malcolm himself will be found at @92tilinfinity.

Thank you to all the fans who have supported him unconditionally throughout the years. We miss him. We are left to imagine where Malcolm was going and to appreciate where he was. We hope you take the time to listen. The look on his face when everyone was listening says it all.”

with humility and gratitude,

Malcolm’s family

The news, which his mom Karen Meyers posted, was also shared on @92tilinfinity and of course blew up, attracting tens of thousands of reactions and comments within hours. “Your music is therapy,” wrote one fan. “It will live on forever.” Read more about Mac Miller from four Pittsburghers who knew him well.

Tracy Certo

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