The prolific American rapper has died at the age of 26.
Mac Miller has died. Law enforcement agencies have confirmed to several US publications that the 26-year-old died of an apparent overdose.
Born Malcolm McCormick in Pittsburgh, Miller had rapped openly about substance abuse in his music, particularly on his 2014 mixtape Faces and his second studio album Watching Movies with the Sound Off. He released five studio albums and many mixtapes, including under the aliases Delusional Thomas and Larry Lovestein.
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Miller toured Australia in 2017, as part of Listen Out Festival, in support of his 2016 album The Divine Feminine, which earned the rapper his first and only appearance in the Hottest 100 for ‘Dang!’ featuring Anderson .Paak.
His final album, Swimming, was released just last month and featured collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Thundercat, The Internet’s Syd, and John Mayer.
On tracks like ‘Programs’, ‘Buttons’, and ‘What’s The Use?’, the album addressed his personal troubles and increased media attention related to his relationship with girlfriend of two years, Ariana Grande, who called it “toxic” in a series of online posts after they split in May.
Shortly after the break-up, Miller was involved in a highly publicised car accident. He was officially charged for drink-driving in L.A. last month.
Miller discussed the incident in a July interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “It was the best thing that could have happened,” he said. “I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally have the whole thing stop.”
The hip hop artist is being mourned by many of his peers. “Beyond helping me launch my career, he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew,” Chance the Rapper wrote in tribute on Twitter. “I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”
Read his post below, along with those from Rich Brian, Solange, Earl Sweatshirt, and The Internet.
Mac Miller’s musical career is marked by a restless artistic evolution, beginning with the frat-rap sound of his earliest mixtapes through to the funk and jazz-soaked hip hop and collaborations of his final two albums.
Born in Pittsburgh, 1992, Miller first came to attention on the rap scene at the age of 14, under the alias EZ Mac. He eventually dropped the moniker for Mac Miller, and signed to independent label Rostrum Records in 2010 for the release of his breakout mixtape K.I.D.S. the same year.
In 2011, he released his debut album Blue Slide Park. It debuted at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart – the second independent hip hop album to do so.
His 2013 follow-up, Watching Movies with the Sound Off switched up the sound that had made him so popular, kicking off a reinvention that earned him greater critical reception. It also pushed him into the upper reaches of the rap game due to the record’s star-studded guests, such as Earl Sweatshirt, SchoolBoy Q, Tyler, The Creator, Flying Lotus, Pharrell Williams and more.
Miller embarked on his first trip to Australian in 2014, performing as part of the final Big Day Out festival in January. The following year he released his third studio album, GO:OD AM, which earned him his first Top 50 appearance on Australia’s ARIA Album Charts, coming in at #32.
2016 album The Divine Feminine would give Miller his highest Australian chart ranking, at #13 on the Album Charts, and Swimming, released last month, reached #21.