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Hear Mac Miller’s Soulful Cover of Billy Preston’s ‘Nothing From Nothing’

Rapper-singer, who died in September, also recorded his ‘Swimming’ track “Dunno” for Spotify Singles series

Mac Miller at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, New York, Oct. 2, 2016.

Mac Miller at The Meadows Music and Arts Festival, New York, Oct. 2, 2016.

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UPDATE: The late Mac Miller’s recently released Spotify Singles will now be available on limited edition 7-inch vinyl that will benefit the Mac Miller Circles Fund, which provides programming, resources and services to youth in underserved communities. The blue vinyl is available exclusively via Spotify Fans First program.

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Mac Miller croons a soulful cover of Billy Preston’s chart-topping 1974 hit “Nothing From Nothing” in a new posthumous release for Spotify’s Singles series. “Nothin’ from nothin’ leaves nothin’/ You gotta have somethin’ if you want to be with me,” the rapper-singer sings in a throaty rasp over warm electric piano. 

As part of the session, Miller also performed a stripped-down solo ake on “Dunno,” a track from his fifth and final LP, Swimming. “Well, we was fuckin’, almost missed my flight/ I wasn’t even trippin’,” he half-hums over a gospel-styled piano sequence. “I said, ’It’s all right/ Yeah, goddamn, we was hit last night/ Wouldn’t you rather get along?” 

Miller died in September at age 26 from an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol. The following month, some of hip-hop’s biggest artists – including Chance the Rapper, Rae Sremmurd and Travis Scott – united to honor the versatile artist during a tribute show hosted by the late rapper’s Circles Fund; as part of the event, organizers unveiled a video of Miller playing an unreleased song at the piano.

In This Article: Billy Preston, Mac Miller, Spotify

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