Future and Mac Miller never sounded anything remotely alike, even if they did team up on Mac’s 2013 track “Earth.” But their music explored a lot of the same ideas — depression, hedonism, the ways that those two things can intersect. And so it seemed sincere when Future preceded his performance on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show with a quick tribute to Mac.
Other than that one shoutout, Future’s performance was not a Mac Miller tribute. He’d presumably booked his Tonight Show performance long before Mac’s sudden death last week. And he was there to perform “31 Days,” a track from the recent Zaytoven-produced Beastmode 2 mixtape. It would be pretty inappropriate to do that song — “I done took a little E, I fucked her and made her pee” — as an elegy for a guy whose demons just claimed him.
But Future makes everything sound sad, and so the performance still somehow worked as a tribute. Future performed without the Roots, which was probably the right call for his form of wall-eyed death-trap. And the performance was, in its own way, affecting. Watch it below.
Beastmode 2 is out now.