Remembering Mac Miller

by sara salamat

Mac Miller. An American rapper who from young set foot on following his dream. When the 26-year-old was a teenager he looked up to hip-hop stars before taking it upon himself to start rapping and telling us his own story— unfortunate battle with addiction, and the wish to achieve sobriety... His fanbase quickly came after, relating to these struggles and that’s what made their fan-to-artist connection so strong.

The rapper who suffered an apparent drug overdose last Friday just released his eighth studio album last month, Swimming and was scheduled to tour North America this fall. Mac Miller was different. In his short career, he put his whole heart in every note in every album recorded. He was loved by many and had a life ahead of him.

The music industry was shaken by the sudden death and was overwhelmingly flood with dedications from artists such as Drake, Khalid, J.Cole, and Niall Horan dedicated his New York gig to Miller.

Sir Elton John dedicated his performance of “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to the late rapper with the introduction “Mac, wherever you are, I hope you’re happy now.”

Mac Miller was a force to be reckoned with. Before he was signed, his debut album, Blue Slide Park was the first independently released album to chart the Billboard Hot 200 in fifteen years.

Over the summer, he was set back. With being charged with a DUI after some personal issues arose. Following the accident, he took a step forward and released his eighth project, Swimming. The album tells the story of struggles and finding the peaceful moments after the storm. The single “Self Care” particularly reflects how he learned to triumph his unstable state after the publicized breakup with Ariana Grande. In effort to symbolize the death of his public character, the music video eerily enough shows him in his own coffin.

In his fifth album, GO:OD AM the rapper opened up to us about his struggles with addiction as his fame grew and touring consumed his time. The late rapper, aged 26, struggled with addiction for years. He would write about his battle with drug, use and his battle with mental health.

In 2016, the rapper released a personal documentary titled Stopped Making Excuses exclusively with The FADER where he opened up emotionally. “I get f**ked up, let’s keep it real,” he said. “I get super f**ked up, still, all the time. That will never stop. But I’m in control of my life. I’m not f**ed up right now. I’m chilling.”

To add the chilling words in his documentary, he talked about overdosing. “I’d rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged-out mess that can’t even get out of his house.” Revealed Miller to FADER. “Overdosing is just not cool. There’s no legendary romance. You don’t go down in history because you overdosed. You just die.”

mac’s mother, Karen posted a tribute to her son on Instagram with a single broken heart emoji.

In a statement from his family, Mac Miller was described as “...bright light in this world for his family, friends, and fans...”

photo by G L Askew II for Vogue

photo by G L Askew II for Vogue


If you or someone you know is in need of help, please do contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), at 1-800-662-4357. Your battles are valid and have the right to receive help. We love you.