R.I.P. Mac Miller

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R.I.P. Mac Miller

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Post by Calamity Panfan » Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:20 pm

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller was found dead of an apparent overdose earlier today. He was 26.

Miller might be one of the biggest rap success stories in recent history. He got his start as a teenager under the name EZ Mac, and built a steady following in the late 2000's. He signed to Rostrum Records, and had several hit mixtapes like The High Life. K.I.D.S. and Best Day Ever. His debut studio album Blue Slide Park went Gold. Miller was extremely popular with high school students and college kids because of his "frat rap" style. Songs like "Donald Trump," "Knock Knock," "Nikes on My Feet," "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza," "Frick Park Market" and "Party on Fifth Ave." propelled him to stardom. As somebody who lived in a high school dorm while Mac Miller was breaking out, I can't emphasize how much he hit that high school/college demographic.

But Mac Miller wasn't complacent with his early success. He started honing his craft more. He improved by leaps and bounds as a rapper. The man put in work. He still had an easy charm and plenty of pop sensibilities to keep his demographic, but his music started getting more experimental. He started working with more experimental producers, and began producing himself. A guy who was dismissed as the "White Wiz Khalifa" worked with more "respected" acts like Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Jay Electronica, Kendrick Lamar, Clams Casino and more.

Miller made himself impossible to ignore as an artist, consistently putting out mixtapes and albums on an almost yearly basis. His transition from "goofy pop rap frat boy" to "prolific artist loved and respected by his peers" was seamless. His post-Blue Slide Park has been phenomenal. Faces, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, Stolen Youth with Vince Staples, GO:OD AM, are all great projects, and that's just the tip of the iceberg.

But listening to those projects, it's clear that Mac has had his demons. He struggled with addiction for years, and it's been reflected in his lyrics. Many of his songs and albums are rooted in addiction and depression, and his struggles to get sober. But while some of those projects get dark, there was always a glimmer of hope in Miller. He wanted to get better.

Miller's music was funny, sad, hopeful, perseverant, triumphant, catchy, genuine, weird and full of love. It was often those things at the same time. Miller's latest album Swimming came out just over a month ago. Released in the aftermath of his breakup with Ariana Grande and in the wake of a public relapse of a May DUI, it's quite possibly his best. There's a murderer's row of talent involved - J. Cole, Cardo, DJ Dahi, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Jon Brion, Dev Hynes, Snoop Dogg, Dam-Funk, and more. It's an intensely personal record of Miller's fall, and his constant fight to rise above his addictions and depression.

Mac Miller was a genuine talent who reinvented himself multiple times and grew massively as an artist in less than a decade. He was a phenomenal artist that touched millions of lives, and has inspired many in their own personal battles. He will be sorely missed.

'"Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza" (from K.I.D.S., 2010)
"Donald Trump" (from Best Day Ever, 2011)
"One Last Thing" (from Blue Slide Park, 2011)
"Angels (When She Shuts Her Eyes)" (from Macadelic, 2012)
"REMember" (from Watching Movies with the Sound Off, 2013)
"Sleep," with Vince Staples, featuring Da$h and Ab-Soul (from Stolen Youth, 2013)
"Grandpa Used to Carry a Flask" (from Delusional Thomas, 2013)
"New Faces," featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Da$h (from Faces, 2014)
"Brand Name" (from GO:OD AM, 2015)
"Dang!" featuring Anderson Paak (from The Divine Feminine, 2016)
"What's the Use?" (from Swimming, 2018)

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Re: R.I.P. Mac Miller

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Post by steeze » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:10 pm

This one really hit home for me. I've never been much into music outside of hip-hop. I've always been into the stoner rappers like Curren$y, Smoke DZA, Wiz, etc. Mac Miller was definitely among them. I've lost way too many friends to overdoses. Not to mention he was my age, it just feels really close to something that I've been dealing with ever since I graduated high school. Feels like you've lost a good pal. Can't imagine what his family must be going through.

I always admired how upbeat he could make some lyrics sound despite them being personal or just sensitive issues. Seeing someone struggle isn't easy and when you hear that someone in the fight, lost it, makes it even tougher to swallow.

Rip to a great kid. Probably lived more in his 26 years then most live in a lifetime. Most don't get that chance. The only consolation anyone could ever say to his family is that he's finally at peace and he's left behind a legacy fitting to be remembered for.

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Re: R.I.P. Mac Miller

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Post by Marilink » Mon Sep 10, 2018 5:29 pm

Just listened to Brand Name and caught the line about him not wanting to join the 27 Club. That...hit me in a weird way.

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