Drake, Post Malone, Chance The Rapper pay tribute to Mac Miller, dead at 26
Drake, Post Malone and Chance The Rapper were some of Mac Miller’s rapper colleagues who expressed their shocked condolences after news broke of his death.
Miller, 26, died last Friday (US west coast time) of cardiac arrest after a suspected overdose following a lengthy and public battle with drugs.
Drake told his audience at Boston’s TD Garden on Friday night (September 7): “Tonight, I wanna dedicate this show to my late friend Mac Miller who was always a kind man to me,” before playing Emotionless.
Post Malone, who was due to make an album with Miller, told TMZ: “He was such a beautiful fucking dude and such a sweet dude and loved everybody.
“I grew up listening to his music and he really inspired me. This fucking sucks, man. He was too sweet, super nice.
“We were supposed to do an album. But I love him to death and we’re all thinking about you and we miss you, buddy, very, very much.”
Chance The Rapper posted: “I dont know what to say Mac Miller took me on my second tour ever.
“But beyond helping me launch my career he was one of the sweetest guys I ever knew. Great man. I loved him for real. I’m completely broken. God bless him.”
Its so crazy cause earl literally hit me up this morning him and vince were real friebds I met at a pivotal time in my life through mac. This shit hurts so bad. If you love someone male sure u tell em
— Chance The Rapper (@chancetherapper) September 7, 2018
G-Eazy, at his show at Tampa Bay’s MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre, said midway through his song Everything Will Be OK, “I swear life is so fucking fragile. Appreciate the moment, be present in it, tell people you love you care about them.”
As a photo of Miller was shown on the screen behind him, G-Eazy added: “Mac Miller, you changed my fucking world.”
J. Cole went on Twitter to encourage anyone “going through something” to contact him. “If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need an ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”
This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something. If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino also paid tribute to the rap star at his concert at Chicago’s United Center on Saturday, commenting, “I’m a very sensitive person… but this Mac Miller shit got me fucked up.
“He was so nice. He was the sweetest guy, he was so nice. And we were both internet music kids, and a lot of critics were like, ‘This corny-ass white dude, this corny-ass black dude,’ and we used to talk. And this kid, he just loved music.”
Miller (born Malcolm McCormick) was found at midday by a friend at his home in the San Fernando Valley, California.
He was just about to go on the road in America behind his latest album Swimming.
His substance abuse issues grew following a break-up with popstar Ariana Grande, having recently been arrested for driving under the influence.
The rapper was creating a buzz in the media, scoring front covers even before he released a record.
He told the September 6 issue of Vulture about the issues he had growing up in public.
He said: “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. And it creates pressure.”
In a 2015 interview with Billboard, he revealed, that his fear of death pushed him to create as much music as possible: “I’ve got to make sure I make all this music so when I die there’s albums and albums.”