Malaysia Douglas Staff Writer
The internet and media continue to roar with confusion, anger, uneasiness, and most of all, grief. On Sept. 7, 2018, the loss of 26-year-old rapper, singer, and record producer Mac Miller, born as Malcolm James McCormick, caused an uproar all over the world.
“Drugs are dangerous, dude. But they’re awesome. Just dangerous,” said Miller in an interview with Inside Edition. Mac Miller admitted on multiple occasions to be an active drug user since the age of 15. However, he was never open about having problems with addiction, he always described himself as someone who enjoyed being under the influence.
Miller’s death has provoked a much-needed conversation about how our culture thinks and talks about addiction and recovery. It is a conversation that was already happening following Demi Lovato’s overdose in July and while the two incidents incited very supportive reactions in the media, they still did not miss those senseless social media comments and ill-intended coverage. Millions of fans have expressed their grief through tweets like, “I miss Mac Miller as if I actually knew him”, and “I’ll always be sad about Mac Miller passing, but I’ll always be able to smile about all the memories me and the homies made growing up listening to his music.” His clever, catchy songs touched the lives of thousands of people and he will forever be remembered.
Demetrius Harmon, a fan of Miller says, “It’s even hard for me to not take more [anxiety pills] than I’m supposed to because I just want the pain to stop, and a lot of times that’s what people want; they want the pain to stop.” He explains how Miller did not overdose on purpose. Instead, he wanted to make his pain go away, which sadly resulted in his death.
Known for his song “Donald Trump,” and his mix-tape from almost a decade ago, K.I.D.S., the rapper planned to go on tour in October for his newest album, Swimming. “I just want to go on tour,” tweeted Miller on Sept. 6, 2018, one day before passing away.
As a tribute to Mac Miller’s short but epic legacy, Music Television (MTV) plans to re-air his reality TV series, “Mac Miller and The Most Dope Family,” date to be announced.