Read here as I reflect on the career and impact of Mac Miller.
It was hard pulling this piece together, no lie. On September 7th, 2018 hip-hip artist and producer Mac Miller was found dead in his California home. Thoughts and prayers came from all over the world. It was a loss no one seen coming. One of those losses where I probably won't ever forget where I was at during the time. As reality still sets in, one word that can be used to describe the feeling is unreal. I spent the past week and a half grieving the loss of my favorite artist.
Mac was a legend, true student of the game. It seem as if he was always focused on a better sound coming from himself. He could've stayed with the 'Kool-Aid and Frozen Pizza', 'Senior Skip Day', 'Donald Trump' , wave. That wasn't what he wanted out of the game, though. Early on Mac showed that he respected the culture of hip-hop. He was respected in any room of artists he went into. The guy was that cool. Kicking Incredibly Dope Shit always.
Once Mac got the ball rolling following the release of his debut album 'Blue Slide Park', his timely improvement was on full display. The album went on to #1 on the Billboard charts. This led Mac to become the second independent artist in hip-hop history to do such a thing.
None of Mac's projects sound the same. They all tell a different story and point you in the direction of a different walk of life. Every single one. If I had to tell you about every Mac project and what it speaks on in my life, I would need a book. Just know each one tells stories of a significant moment and it made it easy to relate.
Mac got me through some moments in life that was worth living, when I look back at it. One thing I can say is I'm glad I got to watch his growth and progress over the years. He had a decade of growth! Charted growth at that. Personally, I'm glad that I got to see him in concert on more than one occasion.
We lost a generational talent. It's not too far fetched to say that there will never be another Mac Miller. He had five studio albums and over 10 mixtapes to showcase his talent. It seems as if he could play any instrument he touched. Just a graceful wonder to the game and his talents and spirit will be missed dearly.
The best thing about Mac is that he touched a lot of people in the rap game. Although some didn't realize it until after he passed, but Mac kept the company of some great talents. He's one of the few rappers with a verse with Sean Price (May he rest in peace as well). Did tracks with the likes of ScHoolboy Q, Jay Electronica, Bun B, Pharrell, Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples, The Internet, Anderson .Paak, Ty Dolla $ign, and so many more.
From KIDS, to Best Day Ever, Macadelic to Faces, he has mixtapes that will go down in history. KIDS and Best Day Ever are certified classics, but on Faces and Macadelic lies some of Mac's most thought provoking works.
ScHoolboy Q announced that the passing of Mac Miller put a delay to the release of his upcoming album. It's best that Q takes his time following the passing of his good friend. Throughout it all, Mac stood tall, lived life, and showed love to everyone close to him plus more. Going off everyone's stories, there was never a dull time with Mac. He also left us with an overwhelming amount of music. You can't help but to feel for what was lost with his premature death.
The passing of Mac Miller put artistry in it's perspective for me. These artists put a lot of passion and creativity into their music. Although we hear, do we really understand what they're saying? Just some food for thought. We must take the time to give flowers while they're here.
The Pittsburgh Pirates honored Mac Miller with a moment of silence during Monday's game against the Kansas City Royals. There is also a petition going around to change his beloved park name to 'Mac Miller Blue Slide Park'. How cool would that be to go through. May Mac Miller forever live on.