Today my heart is hurting. Last night, news broke that rapper Mac Miller had passed away due to an overdose. The world has lost a truly great musician who had so much ahead of him still. He was only 26.
I’ve been a big fan of Mac for a few years now and this is the first time that a celebrity death has truly hit me hard. When I saw him trending #1 on Twitter last night, a few thoughts ran through me “Could it be a surprise music drop?” “Did he fire shots at someone?” I really wish he did.
I clicked on his name and my heart sunk. It’s just so sad to lose someone with such an amazing talent who was still so young. Mac Miller made music for the soul. His latest album, “Swimming” is one of the best albums to have come out this year. It was a raw, personal album where he opened up to the listener about the demons that he’d been battling.
It was no secret that Mac struggled with things like drug use and depression. He’s never hidden it. Earlier this year, he released his video for ‘Self Care’ which depicts him inside a wooden box buried underground. This video came off the back of his highly publicised breakup with singer Ariana Grande when he got arrested for a DUI (absolutely not related to the breakup, I’ll get to that). The video symbolises his willingness to get over his demons and keep fighting. Inside the box, he lights a cigarette despite having no oxygen. This just shows how sure he is that he’ll make the escape.
One scene that sticks out is him carving “memento mori” into the casket which translates to “remember that you have to die”. He then proceeds to punch through the carving to escape the box. It’s a very powerful image. It’s such a shame that after sending such a powerful message in the video, that his demons got the better of him in the end.
Looking at all of the tributes being paid to him by his fellow artists. It’s clear to see that Mac Miller was one of the nicest, most genuine human beings in the music business. Outside of stuff he had going on inside his own mind, he seemed very unproblematic which is a rare trait amongst celebrities right now.
One thing that I’m absolutely disgusted about in the wake of his death is how most of the media has been reporting it. I found out that Mac Miller had died from an article with the headline “Ariana’s Ex-Boyfriend, Mac Miller Has Died”. Seriously? Ariana Grande’s Ex-Boyfriend is what we’re going to call him? At least 80% of articles reporting on the story has opened with that. Some don’t even use a picture of Mac, they use a picture of Ariana Grande.
Any reporter who wrote an article and styled it like this should be so ashamed of themselves. He was so much more than just someone’s ex and she got enough shit thrown at her after he got his DUI. Don’t even get me started on the people who are pinning his death on her. Ariana Grande didn’t kill Mac Miller. Mac Miller’s demons killed Mac Miller. I can’t even imagine how she’s feeling about the whole situation without all the press pushing an unneeded spotlight right down on top of her. I read a very good article about it here if you want to check it out for yourself.
We should learn a lesson from this. Let this be (yet another) eye-opener about how important it is to check in on one another. Mac Miller was a 26-year-old man with depression and addiction issues. Although he had done numerous interviews after his latest album dropped talking about how good his life was and how happy he was. He clearly wasn’t. It can be very easy for someone to hide how they feel.
This could be anyone. Look around. Look at your friends. Look at your family. Even if they seem fine. Ask them. Check with them. Don’t let them fall into the trap.
I’m grateful for what Mac Miller brought to the world with his music and I’m going to miss him terribly as an artist.
Until Next Time,