Miller, perhaps best known for his feature on Ariana Grande's top 10 hit "The Way", had just released his new album, "Swimming", last month; it debuted at #3 on the Billboard album chart. Great man. I loved him for real.
In his last post on Twitter, he told his almost 9million followers: "I just wanna go on tour". "I was so f*cked up all the time it was bad", said Miller. "He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans".
Rapper Wiz Khalifa, who like Miller grew up in Pittsburgh and was close to him, tweeted on Friday: "Praying for Mac's family and that he rest easy". After they split in May, he wrecked his vehicle and was later arrested for DUI and hit-and-run. "Im completely broken. God bless him", said Chance the Rapper on Twitter. "Please reach out to me".
Miller, born Malcolm James McCormick, was a raised in Point Breeze, and graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 2010.
By 2013's Watching Movies With the Sound Off, he'd evolved from playground show-off punchlines to trippy meditations on loneliness and addiction, zig-zagging clever flows in a cracked, cigarette-charred voice across beats from Alchemist, Clams Casino, Pharrell and more.
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"A lot of times in my life I've put this pressure to hold myself to the standard of whatever I thought I was supposed to be, or how I was supposed to be perceived". "I'm treading water", he warns on that track, amid troubling nods to feeling "my fingers slippin'/In a motherfuckin' instant, I'll be gone" on the song Small Worlds.
Despite his personal struggles, less than 24 hours before his death, Miller had shared his excitement about his upcoming concerts in a Twitter post to fans.
Miller continued, "That being, like, some part of like a weight in my emotional space, my head space, but it became second nature, right?.So when all the press happened, with the breakup and the DUI.but with everything that happened, it was just too much". Pitchfork magazine called it "the most surprising, concise, and accomplished album of his career".
Grande began dating Miller in the summer of 2016 and remained committed to the rapper until confirming their split in May of this year.
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