I’m not going to lie, it’s been pretty hard since Malcolm McCormick aka “Mac Miller” died. I was watching Superbad when I checked Twitter and saw the dreadful news that Mac had passed away at age 26. I couldn’t watch the movie anymore…how could I go back to watching a comedy when a talented artist and human being had just died?
Now, I’m not going to pretend that I’ve been the biggest Mac Miller fan my whole life. I haven’t. I remember his early stuff, and I really vibed with it. Besides that, I’ve steadily listened to a track or two from every album consistently. That is, until Mac released his most recent album titled “Swimming”.
I was up at midnight on August 2nd listening to Astroworld first, but then I saw on twitter that people were really liking the new Mac Miller album. I was like alright, I’ll listen to it. I like Mac and I’m all for listening to a new album in the full one night. Swimming is absolutely incredible. It isn’t like most rap, not saying that most rap is bad or anything. It isn’t. Swimming is just different. It’s more of a jazz/R&B album. There’s two up beat songs, but the rest almost feel like poems rather than songs. I love that album, and because of that my love for Mac Miller was re-energized.
I’ve been listening to Swimming like crazy since August 3rd. Mac was my most streamed artist in the month of August on Spotify. Then, the news of his death.
Like man, really? I just started to really appreciate this artist and now he’s gone? I’m a shitty fan. Do I deserve to act like a Mac fan even though I’ve listened to Swimming more than every other album of his combined? These were all questions I thought of. What I’ve concluded is that everyone should be celebrated when they die. And with that, I’ve realized one thing about Mac Miller: people love him.
The amount of respect, sadness, and commemoration for the life of Mac Miller from the music industry has been incredible. I haven’t seen a rapper’s death ever effect someone like Elton John, who dedicated a song at one of his most recent concerts to Mac and reflected on his relationship with the late singer. A compilation of musician’s respects to Mac can be found here:
With Mac’s death there has been a huge conversation about musician’s individual relationships with him. What is absolutely crazy to me is just how highly so many people speak of Mac. People talk about Mac’s crazy energy, and how he always had a smile on his face. The guy literally made everyone around him happy. How crazy is that?
What sucks is that Mac’s life is going to be overshadowed by his death for many people. It’s well known he struggled with drug abuse and depression. To me, these things don’t matter when I’m looking at the person he was. He was a great human being that made a lot of people’s lives better. And with this I take away something from Mac Miller. He made people happy by just making dope music and being a geniune person to so many. With Mac’s death and listening to all his music for hours a day everyday since his passing, I’ve just realized how he just wanted to make cool music that people liked. That’s special. The guy wasn’t trying to be this big tough guy. Nah. Instead, he was content with being that corny ass rapper from Pittsburg.
We can all take huge inspirations from the actions and life of Mac Miller. For me, Mac has helped me sort of figure out what I want to do in my life. I tweeted about it last night in fact:
i've kind of realized lately what I want to do with my life. all i want is to create cool things that people enjoy. whether that be articles online, commercials, movies, whatever. i just love creating stuff and even if only one person likes it, i know i did something right
— Trey Mitchell (@TheTreyinator) September 13, 2018
The dude didn’t even have to be alive to teach me something. That’s absolutely incredible to me. In times of grieving people often say that there has to be a reason for why something tragic happened. While I don’t know anyone has a reason for why Mac had to die so young, I do think that tragedy can breed positivity. With Mac’s death I’ve really gotten more into his music and just who he was as a person. It’s honestly opened my eyes to just what I want to do with my life right now. Even if one person reads this article and likes it…like that’s enough for me. Having a positive effect on another individual is crazy awesome to me.
Mac Miller will forever live on through his music, his fans, and the interactions he had with people that will continue to be told. Mac’s death is profoundly sad not only because of the immense talent he had, but because of the person he was. Mac Miller was a great person, and with his death we’re all really sad right now. However, I urge you to listen to Mac’s music if you haven’t already. There’s a good chance that he has a message within his music that will really hit you hard, so much so that you could happen to realize what you really want to do with your life.
Rest In Peace, Malcolm McCormick.