Courtesy of Variety
Remembering Mac Miller
October 25, 2018
The world was devastated to hear the news of the 26-year-old Mac Miller’s unexpected overdose and tragic death on September 7, 2018. The hip-hop industry will forever remember Mac Miller and his legacy.
Malcolm James McCormick was on born in the busy city of Pittsburgh on January 19, 1992. Before he became Mac Miller, he went by the name of “EZ Mac” when he was fourteen, with the ambition to change the rap culture for the better.
He taught himself to play the drums, piano, guitar, and bass and considered himself a professional rapper at the age of 15. Mac came out with his first album, ”But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy” in 2007, but he did not become popular until 2011 with his release of the hit song “Donald Trump”.
“Donald Trump” was Mac’s first song to hit the Billboard top 100 charts landing at number 75. From there, his career skyrocketed as he released the hit album, “Best Day Ever”, featuring in Scary Movie 5 to featuring on the hit show, ”Ridiculousness”.
He also had his own reality TV show, “Mac Miller and The Most Dope Family”, which is rumored to be airing reruns in honor of the late rapper. Mac gradually grew into an icon, not only for the hip-hop community but pop culture in general.
The death of Mac Miller came as a shock to his fans, especially since the young rapper posted just the day before on Instagram. Multiple artists took to various social media platforms to express their feelings about losing the young rapper including Post Malone who said, “You were such an incredible person. You changed so many lives. Had so much love in your heart. You inspired me through high school, and I wouldn’t be where I was today without you. Never a more a more kind and sincere and beautiful person.”
Just like Post Malone, many people were inspired by Mac Miller and his music, and what he stands for. Other artists who mentioned Mac’s death on social media were Chance The Rapper, G-Eazy, Halsey, J.Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Ariana Grande, and many more. Schoolboy Q also delayed his new album release to take time to mourn the death of Mac.
Mac Miller had a beautiful perspective on life. He believed that death was inevitable, so do whatever makes you happy because, at the end of the day, nothing matters. In the latest music video for his new song Selfcare Mac is seen writing “memento mori” which means “death is unavoidable”.
Mac’s new album was all about self-growth and recovery from his past, which contributes to the shock factor of his sudden death. Malcolm James McCormick has undeniably changed the music industry and with his charismatic charm. He has made his way into millions of people’s hearts: his memory and everything he stands for will live on.
R.I.P Mac Miller, you will not be forgotten.