Mac Miller Celebrated by Chance the Rapper, Ty Dolla $ign and John Mayer

For someone who was 26 years old and just hitting his peak when he died Sept. 7, rapper and producer Mac Miller had already managed to connect, network and collaborate with an incredible number of peers, as proven by the outpouring of affection by an all-star turnout — from Chance the Rapper (above) to John Mayer — during “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life,” a tribute to the late and deeply lamented star at L.A.’s Greek Theatre Halloween night.

Deep into the three-hour show, a video selection was shown featuring musicians, many older and more experienced than Miller, talking about things he had given them. There was hip-hop producer DJ Premier, speaking of the first time they met when Miller asked to be shown the booth where rappers Biggie Smalls, Guru, Jay-Z and others had all stood at the mic. Miller wanted to sit there with the lights down and breathe the air of greatness. There was DJ Jazzy Jeff, thanking Miller for insights the younger man had given the older one. Lil Wayne and Childish Gambino weighed in with taped appreciations. And there was Joey Bada$$ talking about how long he had been listening to Miller — “since I was 15, 16,” the 23-year-old rapper said with amazement. It seemed like he had grown up with Miller, which is how it seemed to many of his fans present at the Greek.

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