RIP Mac Miller

Meilin Morefield

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The world is in shock in learning the news of 26-year-old rapper Mac Miller’s death. He was found in his Studio City home in California on Friday, September 7th and pronounced dead at the scene due to an apparent drug overdose. Friends and family were soon photographed outside of the scene.

Miller has long struggled with substance abuse, which he frequently addresses in his music. A week before his split with ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, Miller was charged with a DUI and hit-and-run after running into a light pole. Addressing the charges, Mac says, “I made a stupid mistake. I’m a human being. But it’s the best thing that could have happened. I needed that. I needed to run into that light pole and literally have the whole thing stop.” He then continues on to say, “I have people that care about me and fans that love my music and it’s a beautiful relationship with them – people who have been with me through being a 19-year-old wide-eyed kid to being a self-destructive depressed drug user to making love music to all these different stages. Then they see something like that and they worry. So your first reaction is, ‘Let me tell them I’m cool.”

He started rapping in high school where he released a mixtape under the moniker EZ Mac called But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy. His debut album Blue Slide Park released in 2011 hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200, the first independent album ever to accomplish that. Before his death, Miller was gearing up to go on tour for his fifth studio album, Swimming, which was released in August and hit No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Many artists took to social media to express their sadness over the news: including Chance the Rapper, who credited Miller for helping him start his career, Charlie Puth, Jaden Smith, Kehlani, Logic, and Drake, who dedicated his last show to him. Halsey posted a black and white picture of Miller with a heartfelt caption explaining how much he meant to her. “Today is a bad dream. Thank you Mac. For being a visionary. A smiling. Laughing, kindhearted individual. Thank you for being the soundtrack to my high school years. For giving me songs I knew every single word to and screamed at the top of my lungs in my first car the year I got my license…For making millions of people happy when you were suffering.” She then continues with, “Check on your friends. Please. Call them. Tell them you love them. Be a resource that comes with no judgement. Let your friends unfold without feeling like they are burdening you. Rest easy, Mac. We love you so so very much.”

The day after his death Snapchat posted a story titled, “Remembering Mac Miller: The World Reacts to the Rapper’s Death” where various people around the world posted their responses on learning about his death. It contained overwhelming responses of sadness, respect, and appreciation for their favorite rapper. A common trend among the story was how Miller’s words and music have influenced and helped many people through difficult times.

It’s so important that everyone is aware of the dangers of doing drugs and substance abuse. If you or anyone you know is facing substance abuse issues, call the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Helpline at 1-800-662-4357 for free and confidential information 24/7.


Rest In Peace, Mac Miller.