Mac Miller Has Passed Away At The Age Of 26
The Hip-Hop community is mourning the death of Mac Miller. The 26-year-old Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania MC and producer born Malcolm James McCormick was pronounced dead by first responders today (September 7) at Miller’s San Fernando Valley, California home according to TMZ. Sources told the publication that the death appears to be the result of an overdose. Law enforcement received a 9-1-1 call earlier today from an unnamed male in the rapper’s home.
Less than five weeks ago, Miller released his fifth album, Swimming. Including contributions from J. Cole, Jon Brion, Dam-Funk, and Mac’s longtime Steel City producers, I.D. Labs, the Warner Bros.-backed album addressed a period of transition in the artist’s personal life. Earlier this year, Mac Miller and longtime girlfriend Ariana Grande separated. The Disney Channel TV star-turned-Pop singer publicly stated that Miller’s substance abuse was a leading factor in their split. In May, the REMember Music founder wrecked his vehicle. At the scene, police tested his blood-alcohol level and arrested the artist for blowing twice the legal limit. On Swimming, Mac was open about wishing to grow and turn the page in his personal life.
Throughout the last decade, Mac Miller had demonstrated the ability to evolve artistically. While based in Pittsburgh, the then-teenage Miller became Rostrum Records’ second star, following Wiz Khalifa. He released six mixtapes leading up to #1, gold-certified album, Blue Slide Park, in 2011. The album showed a free-loving, pot-smoking teen basking in his young adulthood with his Most Dope cohorts.
However, entering his twenties, Mac Miller worked hard to defy a box concerning young party-going white MCs. 2013’s Watching Movies With The Sound Off involved Earl Sweatshirt, ScHoolboy Q, and Ab-Soul and presented Mac’s talents as a producer (under the moniker of “Larry Fisherman”), as well as a lyricist. He relocated to California, making his home a hangout with peers in Odd Future, Black Hippy, and other West Coast movements. Although he was from another city, Mac Miller was part of the L.A. movement in the last five years. That LP would be his final release with Rostrum. On his last three works, Miller partnered with Warner and launched his own label.
Although Miller bonded with his contemporaries, he also worked with veterans. Throughout his career, Mac teamed with Sean Price, PRhyme (DJ Premier & Royce 5’9), and DJ Kay Slay. He produced songs for Your Old Droog, Ab-Soul, Smoke DZA, and SZA. Although the MC settled a $10 million high-profile sample lawsuit with D.I.T.C.’s Lord Finesse early in his career, Mac showed many times over that he was a Head.
By 2016, Mac Miller proved that he was interested in merging Rap with splashes of House, singing, and Electronic music. The Divine Feminine is a concept album that examines his relationship with women. Debuting at #2, the artist who once had a show on MTV2 still resonated with fans—without compromising. True to a concept he exercised in a video earlier this year, Mac Miller refused to be put in any box. Creatively, he always paved new lanes.
Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to Mac Miller’s family, the Most Dope squad, and his fans.