Mac Miller was found dead in his home on September 7th in what is highly suspected to be an accidental drug overdose. He was 26.
Miller emerged during the early 2010’s frat rap scene, that pesky strain of hip-hop where white twenty-somethings turn lyrics about beer bongs and topless coeds into party anthems for blacked-out college kids (i.e. Asher Roth’s I Love College). The music was shallow and the artists unlikeable. To think that any one of them could escape the genre and evolve into an actual musician was comical. But Mac Miller did just that.
Miller’s impact on music can be measured by the number of tributes and memorials that have poured in from artists like Drake, Childish Gambino, J. Cole, John Mayer, and even Elton John. Interviews with friends and collaborators portray Miller as a genuinely good person with a legendary work ethic. In this interview with Larry King, Miller comes across as a down to earth average guy, albeit one who clearly has his demons.
As you can probably tell, I have spent the last 2 weeks stuck inside a Mac Miller wormhole, cycling between YouTube and Apple Music, witnessing a once self-proclaimed corny white rapper evolve into a singer, songwriter, collaborator, producer, instrumentalist, and maybe most impressively a performer. If there’s one thing I learned during this crash course, it’s this: Mac Miller had soul. Here now are examples 1a, b, c, d, e, and f.