“To everyone who sell me drugs / Don’t mix it with that bulls–t / I’m hoping not to join the 27 club / Just want the coke dealer house with the velvet rug / F–k the world, there’s no one else but us.” – “Brand Name” Mac Miller
Sadly, Mac is gone….way too soon…Mac was just 26…
Though Mac Miller was known to many as the former boyfriend of Ariana Grande, the late rapper was a prolific artist who spent a decade crafting his artform.
But his immense talent also came with great struggles and, on Friday, the 26-year-old died of an apparent drug overdose.
The young artist, who referred to himself as “the coolest Jewish rapper,” was pronounced dead at 11:51 a.m. at his Studio City, California, home, the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner confirmed in a statement to PEOPLE. A cause of death is yet to be determined, but a source tells PEOPLE the rapper had gone into cardiac arrest after appearing to suffer a drug overdose.
The rapper was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. His mother, a photographer named Karen Meyers is Jewish, while his father Mark McCormick, an architect, is Christian.
Miller’s love for music began at an early age and he taught himself to play numerous instruments in grade school before turning his attention to rapping. “Once I hit 15, I got real serious about it and it changed my life completely,” Miller told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2010.
He released his first mixtape But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy in 2007 under the name EZ Mac.
Miller, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, then dropped The Jukebox, another mixtape, in 2009. “I was still trying to figure out who I was at this point,” Miller told Post-Gazette about his first two projects. “When you’re a young kid and you’re trying to rap you listen to the radio and you don’t know what you want to talk about. I didn’t know what I wanted to talk about. I just wanted to tell people I could rap.”
After releasing his next two mixtapes K.I.D.S. and The High Life and embarking on a college tour, Miller went on tour with Wiz Khalifa in 2012.
In total, Miller has released five albums: Blue Slide Park (2011), Watching Movies with the Sound Off (2013), GO:OD AM (2015), The Divine Feminine (2016) and Swimming (2018).
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