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Saturday, 8 September 2018

Remembering Mac Miller's Greatest Moments

Remembering Mac Miller's Greatest Moments

TMZ is reporting that police have confirmed rapper Mac Miller passed away at 26 years of age. Initial reports indicate that it may have been an apparent overdose. Miller was found at noon on Friday after someone placed a 911 call from Miller's home.

Mac Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was most recently known for his well-reviewed album Swimming (released August 3 of this year), including the single "Small Worlds."

Miller's rap career began at the age of fourteen. While working on his mixtape K.I.D.S., he grabbed the attention of producer Benjy Grinberg. Miller's career hit a notable upturn in 2010 when he sold out every venue in his first tour.

Miller's debut studio album, 2001's Blue Slide Park, holds the distinction of being the first independently distributed debut album to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard albums chart since 1995, selling more than 144,000 copies.

In 2013, the rapper was featured in MTV2's reality documentary series, Mac Miller & The Most Dope Family, which documented his life and process in creating his second studio album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off.

In 2013, Miller launched his own record label, REMember music, highlighting fellow Pittsburgh musicians.

A little over a year later, Miller signed a distribution deal with Warner Bros. Records for $10 million, making his third album, GO:OD AM his first release with a major label. His fourth and fifth studio albums, The Divine Feminine and Swimming reached No. 1 and No. 3 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums respectively. 

Miller was a self-taught musician and learned how to play the guitar, drums, bass, and piano.

Growing up in a community where many kids were "into some street stuff," Miller was committed to living his life on his terms.
"I told them I wanted to graduate [...] I wanted to wear my gown, walk down with my homies, go to prom, do all the stuff a regular high school kid does." So he followed his talents and decided to become a musician.

Recently, Miller found further mainstream exposure performing the song "Ladders" off of Swimming on Late Night with Stephen Colbert.

A consummate perfectionist, Miller told Vulture that even after the stellar performance, he would still pick apart the show in his head for hours, looking for opportunities to improve.

Undoubtedly, Miller's death leaves a hole in the hip hop community.

Miller left behind a legacy of mixtapes, albums, and music, but Mac Miller as a talent and a person will be missed.
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