The Untold Truth Of Mac Miller

The Untold Truth Of Mac Miller


Malcolm “Mac Miller” McCormick grabbed the
hip-hop world’s attention after the release of his 2011 mixtape Best Day Ever. His flawless wordplay that incorporated nods
to his hometown of Pittsburgh mixed with odes to house parties and keggers caught the attention
of high school and college-aged kids alike. Despite being at the top of his game, depression
and stress from being in the industry appeared to cause him to lose control, and he was vocal
about his constant struggle with drug abuse. Sadly, the music industry lost another icon
when the rapper died of an apparent drug overdose at his San Fernando Valley, California home
on September 7th, 2018, according to TMZ. He was 26 years old. Here are some things you may not have known
about Mac Miller. Starting young Though his alleged drug addiction followed
him throughout the duration of his meteoric rise to fame, Miller revealed in a very candid
May 2014 interview with The Juice Podcast that he began using stuff at a very early
age. “I’ve been doing stuff since I was 10 years
old. I guess I just hid it a little better back
then.” He went on to admit that he wasn’t proud of
the habit he developed so early on. During a later interview with Billboard magazine,
he made it clear how his years-long struggle had affected him, saying, “It just eats at your mind, doing stuff every
single day, every second. It’s rough on your body.” No model student As a high school student, Miller wasn’t exactly
focused on acing his exams and trying out for sports teams. Instead, he had his mind on his burgeoning
music career. According to an interview with Complex magazine,
Miller would cut class for weeks and sometimes months at a time. His friend Quentin Cuff revealed, “He’d just hang out in the back of school
afterwards, just to be giving people CDs.” Despite racking up a bunch of absences, he
managed to finesse his way into earning his diploma. Miller’s pal Jimmy Murton told Complex, “He was charming. He had that air of innocence about him so
teachers believed him, like, […] ‘He’s cutting class because he’s pursuing his rap career.'” Dark period The year 2013 marked the release of his second
studio album, Watching Movies With the Sound Off, and it coincided with a major shift in
his life. He told The Fader that he went through a dark
period due to relationship problems and an exhausting touring schedule. While making the album, Miller claims he never
left his studio and never changed his clothes. He also revealed he’d been drinking “lean,”
a cocktail typically mixed with prescription-strength cough syrup and Sprite, that caused the rapper
to gain 30 pounds. “I hate being sober. I wanted something to do.” After the release of the album, he knew it
was time to make a change. He claimed that he stopped drinking lean and
started exercising in an attempt to clear his mind. The Divine Feminine After going public with his then-relationship
with pop star Ariana Grande in 2016, Miller released his fourth studio album, The Divine
Feminine. Many suspected his romance with Grande had
created the pleasant transition in his music. “She’s like the greatest person in the world,
she’s like an angel, she’s very nice, she’s a sweet girl.” Discussing The Divine Feminine, he told Nylon
magazine, “It’s like the divinity of the woman that
you’re in love with, you know? And it’s kind of seeing the whole entire world
in her.” He and his then-girlfriend even teamed up
on the song, “My Favorite Part.” It’s nice to know that during the span of
their almost two-year relationship, which ended by May 2018, that she had such a profound
effect on him and his music. Following Miller’s death, Grande posted a
touching Instagram pic of the rapper, with no caption. Denying addiction Though Miller was vocal about his use of lean
and stuff in the past, the “Self Care” artist appeared to detest the idea of substance abuse
in later interviews. “I’d rather be the corny white rapper than
the burnt out mess who can’t even get out of his house.” By the time 2018 rolled around, Miller was
dealing with his breakup from Ariana Grande and his May arrest for DUI and hit-and-run
charges. With all of life’s stressors piling up, he
told Rolling Stone in an interview published in August 2018 that he had everything under
control, saying, “Have I done stuff? Yeah. But am I an addict? No.” Number one fan Miller’s mom, Karen Meyers, was described
as a “liberal” parent in a 2011 interview with UK publication Wheel Scene, but no amount
of liberalism could have prepared her to witness her son getting pushed into the music industry
at such an early age. Miller told the magazine, “My mum worries about my health but [my family]
loves it, they’re fans of the music.” There’s no doubt that his mom was indeed his
number one fan. Just weeks before Miller’s untimely death,
she promoted his album Swimming on her Instagram account, along with a caption that read, in
part, “Couldn’t be prouder of this young man.” Though his life was cut short, this incomparable
rapper’s music will live on forever. If you or someone you know is seeking help
and support to deal with substance abuse or mental health issues, please call the Substance
Abuse and Mental Health Services National Helpline at 1-800-662-HELP. That’s 1-800-662-4357.