On Wax [Special]: Rest In Peace Mac Miller
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Mac Miller: One of the Greatest to Ever Do It
Many people were touched by Malcolm James McCormick, AKA Mac Miller. A personal artist who never held back what he needed to say. A man of many talents, as he could seemingly pick up nay instrument and play it. He always kept pushing his sonics forward, looking to expand his music into uncharted territories. Mac Miller is one of the greatest, most prolific rappers of our time, helping artists like Chance the Rapper and Vince Staples start their career. He was loved by so many, and the outpour of love came the day of his passing. Everyone who met him had the greatest things to say about him. He was a good person, which is something that can be rare in this world. He touched the hearts of so many, and he will forever live there as we’ll remember and honor his legacy till the end of time.
Never has the passing of an artist hurt this much. My heart fell 100 feet below the earth when I heard the news. I scrolled down Twitter watching everyone react the same, hoping he’d tweet, telling the world he was okay. Mac meant a lot to me. He put his life on wax more than most artist could dream of. I was honestly a late bloomer to be introduced to Mac, but my best friend loved him. I bought GO:OD AM when it came out, and I was blown away. The production, his ability to rap, and his songwriting—everything was so stellar. I had to dive backwards into Watching Movies With The Sound Off, Faces, Best Day Ever, Macedelic and so many more. I fell in love with Mac’s music, and he became one of my favorite artists.
My memory of my fist Mac concert, Camp Flog Gnaw 2015, is rather blurry. I was crossfaded for a lot of it, but the most standout memory was me getting in the mosh pit for “Break The Law.” However, as luck would have it, I’m glad I got to witness you two more times. My favorite was for MTV’s Wonderland, which was a show that got scrapped pretty early. It was so cool though, a hunch of us showed up to this place in DTLA where MØ and Léon also performed. The Divine Feminine had just came out and I was excited to see those songs live, and Mac, you killed it. (Mac always performed with a band, and it made things so much better.) I remember you came out a little early and you talked to everyone up front. I’m still jealous of that one kid who got all his CDs signed by you.
Flog Gnaw 2017 was the last time I got to see Mac. I’m glad I got to experience him with my girlfriend because he really knew how to write a love song—from “ROS” to “We,” he had so many great ones. It was lovely singing along to them with her; it was serene.
Mac really peaked with Swimming; it was his magnum opus. It felt like he finally made the album he always wanted. It transcended hip-hop, and will speak volumes in years to come. After his passing, a lot of the album feels so eerie. Having heard it several times since September 7th, I can’t help but cry on so many parts. I wonder if he knew this was it…
Mac, I want you to know that I’m sad I never got to meet the beautiful person you were, but through your music, I felt like I knew you. You poured everything you had into your art, and we’ll never have another you—Mac Miller. You will be remembered forever, and we love you. I love you, and I’m gonna cry every time I hear “God Speed” or “2009.” Rest easy Mac, and hopefully I can meet you one day.
– Dyllan E. & Hiram