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John Mayer Posts Moving Tribute to Mac Miller

The two were friends and worked together on the rapper's song "Small Worlds."

John Mayer posted a moving tribute to his friend and collaborator Mac Miller over the weekend, sharing details of their work together and their relationship. Miller died Friday of an apparent drug overdose.

“He made a quantum leap in his music,” Mayer wrote on Instagram. “That’s incredibly hard to do, to evolve and get better and more focused while your career is already underway.”

He recalled the spontaneous collaboration that occurred after he’d heard Miller’s song “Small Worlds.”

“I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard ‘Small Worlds,’ I gave it a short, chirpy little ‘yup,’ which is the highest praise I can give a track,” Mayer wrote. “It means we don’t need to say another word, it’s going down. I grabbed the nearest guitar in the room and within a couple of hours we had finished a tune that made me so incredibly happy to have a part in, not to mention we established a nice little friendship.”

Mayer, 40, also spoke of sharing advice with the 26-year-old rapper about how to handle fame and the media.

“I gave him whatever guidance I thought I had the right to,” he wrote, “having been through the press ringer in the past and wanting him to understand that none of that noise could ever really take a bite out of the music he was about to put out.”

He was also present at Miller’s final performance, an intimate set for around 100 people at Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles — “one of the best sets I’d seen in a very long time.” (Watch a video from that show here.)

“His band was unreal,” Mayer wrote. “You gotta know that if you weren’t familiar with Mac Miller, you were about to be, whether you would have seen him at a festival, or a friend was going to catch a show and tell everyone they knew about it (like I did.).”

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This was going to be Mac Miller’s year. He made a quantum leap in his music. That’s incredibly hard to do, to evolve and get better and more focused while your career is already underway. You don’t get there without a lot of work, and Mac had put the work in. I didn’t expect to play on his album the day he played some songs for me at his house, but when I heard “Small Worlds,” I gave it a short, chirpy little “yup,” which is the highest praise I can give a track. It means we don’t need to say another word, it’s going down. I grabbed the nearest guitar in the room and within a couple of hours we had finished a tune that made me so incredibly happy to have a part in, not to mention we established a nice little friendship. He was so funny I just kind of stopped typing “LOL” back in our texts. Mac was, to me, on permanent LOL status. I gave him whatever guidance I thought I had the right to, having been through the press ringer in the past and wanting him to understand that none of that noise could ever really take a bite out of the music he was about to put out. The last time I saw him, he was playing Hotel Cafe’ in Los Angeles for a crowd of 100 people. He was nervous, and honest about it with the audience. I thought that was so endearing, especially seeing as he would go on to play one of the best sets I’d seen in a very long time. His band was unreal. You gotta know that if you weren’t familiar with Mac Miller, you were about to be, whether you would have seen him at a festival, or a friend was going to catch a show and tell everyone they knew about it (like I did.) Mac put in the work. He made his best album and formed the band that was weeks away from becoming a breakout live sensation. Believe me when I say that. I send my love and support to everyone who knew him better, because what relative little I did, I just adored.

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