Mac Miller has died after he was found unresponsive at his home in the San Fernando Valley from a reported drug overdose on Friday 7 September 2018. Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. He was 26.
The rapper, who was always outspoken about his struggle with drug addiction, first came to prominence at the age of 18 after the release of his first mixtape K.I.D.S in 2010. Miller followed this up with his chart-topping debut album entitled Blue Side Park which was released through an independent label. The album earned him a considerable foothold on the rap scene that came with an adoring fan base which was undoubtedly devastated by the news of his death which has sent shockwaves through the industry.
Mac Miller was kind enough to grace the world with a large collection of music including albums such as, amongst many others, The Best Day Ever in 2011, Macadelic in 2012 , Watching Movies With The Music Off in 2013 and The Devine Feminine in 2016.
Mac Miller struggled with sobriety following his high-profile split from Ariana Grande. The American star was found to be twice the legal alcohol limit when he was arrested for drunk driving back in May.
Despite the rapper’s self-destructive tendency to live on the edge, he appeared increasingly under pressure right before his death when he spoke about the trouble he had with dealing with fame. Reflecting on the trappings of fame, he said: “There’s pressure. A lot of times in my life I’ve put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived.
“It’s the job. This is what I signed up for. So, you just have to not. You have to have your own reality and that has to be the driving force of your life.
“Do I wish that every single thing I did when I was 19 wasn’t a discussion? Sure.”
In the opening song, Back to Earth, taken from what turned out to be his very last studio album entitled Swimming (released on August 8 2018), McCormick sings about being trapped in his head and wanting a way out before balancing this with up-beat funk and jazz in Ladders which is the 7th song on the album. The tour for this album was subsequently cancelled following the news of his death.
Done in what can only be described as authentic Mac Miller fashion, Swimming is a characteristically heartfelt album that details the trials and tribulations of being a famous artist. It would seem fitting that this be the legacy that he leaves behind to fill the void that his unexpected passing has created.
Listen to his album HERE: