With five consecutive U.S. top five albums, Mac Miller was one of the most successful rappers ever to come out of Pittsburgh. But he left the hip-hop world in mourning when he passed away in 2018 at the age of only 26. Here’s a look at the heartbreaking circumstances surrounding his tragic death.
Miller – born Malcolm James McCormick in 1992 – first began pursuing his hip-hop ambitions in high school. He even taught himself numerous instruments in order to produce his own music. And at 15 he dropped his first mixtape, But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy, under the guise of EZ Mac.
Yet the rapper adopted his more familiar moniker, Mac Miller, shortly after this release. It was under this name, too, that he teamed up with fellow Pittsburgher Beedie to form duo The Ill Spoken. Then in 2010 Miller landed a solo deal with Rostrum Records, a label based in his hometown. And that same year, he both released the K.I.D.S. mixtape and performed his first run of headlining shows.