In September 2018 music lovers were shocked by the death of Mac Miller. But while some fans found it easy to point fingers at the star’s ex-girlfriend Ariana Grande, the rapper’s pal Shane Powers had some kind words to say about Miller’s former beau. And he revealed just how far Grande actually went for the troubled singer.
Born in Pittsburgh in 1992, Mac Miller was evidently a precocious kid. By the time he enrolled at the local Taylor Allderdice High School, in fact, the musician was already able to play drums, piano and bass. However – in the spirit of fellow Allderdice alumni Wiz Khalifa and Beedie – Miller decided that a career in hip hop was the only way to go.
Miller’s debut mixtape consequently came out when he was just 15 years old. However, this drive often came at the detriment of his school life. “I used to be into sports, play all the sports, go to all the high school parties,” he told Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 2010. “But once I found [out that] hip hop is almost like a job, that’s all I did.”