Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick in January 1992, passed away this Friday noon in San Fernando Valley, California. According to TMZ, a male friend of Miller’s called 911 allegedly to report an overdose, but he was pronounced dead by the time paramedics and authorities arrived. No comments have been reported by Miller’s friends and family, nor are there further details regarding the service for the late 26-year-old musician.
Miller had been rather open about his struggle with substance abuse. In May 2018, Miller was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, and media scrutiny linked the incident with the attention on the engagement of his former girlfriend, singer Ariana Grande. However, he stated in an interview in July that he was very happy for her, that they were both moving forward, and that he knew she felt the same way about him.
Miller’s debut album, Blue Slide Park, quickly reached the top of the Billboard charts when it was released in 2011. Two more albums would come with Rostrum Records until he launched his career as a producer with his 2014 mixtape Faces, under the name of Larry Fisherman. REMember Music is his own record label imprint, named in memory of a close friend of his. By 2016, he co-produced with Warner Bros. Records his fourth studio album, The Divine Femenine. In July of this year, he stated that he needed to stay away from the public eye for a while in order to be able to focus on his music. “I lived a certain life for ten years and faced almost no real consequences at all. I had no version of the story that didn’t end up with me being fine. […] I needed that; to run into that light pole and literally like have the whole thing stop.” He also mentioned that, regardless of how weirdly social media works, he appreciated the care and support of his fans.
Miller, who described himself as “the coolest Jewish rapper” in the industry, was going to perform this October 27th, and he seemed excited and eager to start planning the tour for his latest album, Swimming, which was released last month, on August 3rd.
“Tell them they can take that bullshit elsewhere
Self care, I’m treatin’ me right, yeah.
Hell yeah, we gonna be alright (we gon’ be alright).”
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