Mac Miller, Rapper and Producer, Dead at 26

Mac Miller, rapper, singer, and producer, is dead at 26 after an apparent overdose, following years of struggling with addiction. His latest album, Swimming, was just released in August to wide acclaim.

Miller rose to fame in 2011 after the release of his debut Blue Slide Park and the strength of the album’s lead single "Frick Park Market," but by that time he had already released numerous mixtapes that already brought attention within the wider hip-hop scene. His 2010 mixtape KIDS got him signed to Rostrum Records, and his 2011 mixtape Best Day Ever featured production by heavyweight producers like Just Blaze and a guest verse by Wiz Khalifa.

In the next years, he collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Earl Sweatshirt, and Flying Lotus, and began to hone his own productions. Under his moniker Larry Fisherman, he produced his 2013 instrumental release Run-On Sentences Vol. 1. That same year, he produced a mixtape for Vince Staples before Staples’ own breakout. Launching his imprint REMember Music under Warner Brothers, Miller released his eleventh mixtape Faces.

Though his addiction to promethazine and codeine was public knowledge, he was said to have stopped using it in 2013. In May 2018, he was involved in a DUI car crash.

Swimming was lauded as a mature statement from a growing artist, and he was about to embark on a tour next month.

Mac Miller’s Tiny Desk Concert, released August 8, 2018
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