Come Back To Earth: A Tribute to Mac Miller


Hope Walker

The above photo was taken using a disposable camera app, showing junior Sarah Campbell listening to a Mac Miller song. “The line: ‘keep your eyes to the sky, never glued to your shoes,’ from ‘Small Worlds’ changed my life and it gave me a lot of confidence,” Campbell said. “I love Mac Miller so much, he got me through quarantine.”

Hope Walker, Reporter

Malcolm McCormick, better known as Mac Miller, was an American rapper and record producer. His career was cut short due to an accidental drug overdose four years ago on Sep. 7. The drugs found in his system included cocaine and fentanyl. Substance abuse rates are rapidly increasing and taking lives, especially those in the young-adult population, ranging from high school kids to graduate students. 

Miller thrived all throughout the 2010s with his mixtape “K.I.D.S.” His legacy lives on while his name remains a legend. The bars and beats Miller creates are ingenious, and the clean drop to the bouncy bassline in “Ladders” to the synthy cinematics of “Youforia” are piquant to his fan base, informally addressed as “Macheads”. His prolific work brought glory to his title as one of the greatest white rappers of all time, and his humble manner made him more admirable. Since the report, his streams have increased by over 970%. His Platinum 2018 album “Swimming” had appeared on Billboard 200’s Top 10 charts shortly after the accident, while, to this day, he has over 20 million monthly listeners on Spotify.  

Producer Jon Brion scrambled to release Mac Miller’s final studio and first posthumous album after his sudden decease. The long play, titled “Circles“, features the highly appraised track “Good News” and a reinterpretation of Arthur Lee’s “Everybody‘s Gotta Live“. The record received widespread praise from critics, debuting at number three on Billboard 200 and selling 164,000 copies during its first week, making it Miller’s biggest week for an album. Unfortunately, Miller wasn’t able to experience this. The discovery of Miller unresponsive in his home in California remains a devastating tragedy. Big name artists continue to commemorate the anniversary of Miller’s death and any post mortem events including his 30th birthday while fellow Macheads continue to mourn his passing and pay tribute four years later. 

Mac Miller will always be remembered- for his genuine soul and distinguished discography. To quote pop star and ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande’s heartfelt tribute on social media, “I hope you’re okay now. Rest.”