HERE, I propose publishing five sequential bodies of text depicting, even analysing the life of late Mac Miller. This is a literary tribute, in cohesion with Tredinnick Studios; a tribute for fans, but also to be enjoyed from a neutral viewpoint. Each piece shall be published 7 days apart, perhaps 14 depending on word-count.
From us to you, enjoy.
As of September 7th 2020, it will be two years since Pittsburgh-born musician, Mac Miller, passed away. A two-year stint in which we have seen more artists taken in the same way, new styles introduced and even a virus that rendered a majority of the planet house-bound. However, there hasn’t so much as hint of someone stepping into the shoes worn by a young white-gentleman who took his city’s music-scene by storm at the mere age of 15.
Mac’s acceptance into a predominantly black hip-hop scene at the time was incredible in every sense of the word. During the days of Blue Slide Park back in 2011, we could possibly pin-point one of the first moments post-2010 whereby a meshing of race within the industry was obvious. Blue Slide Park contained no features, no guest production and as was normality with Mac the debut studio album was raw and fun contained a lot of drug reference with a special tribute to Frick Park Playground, informally known as Blue Slide. Why was this so popular? One year earlier ,eighteen-year-old Malcolm dropped K.I.D.S., a mixtape that youth-culture found relatable by referencing skipping college and smoking weed. He was the voice of the kids, literally.
Jumping into 2017, Jay-Z (a.k.a: HOVA) took to Twitter with a list of rapper whom inspired the legend:
Brooklyn’s finest name-dropped Mac as the only white artist, alongside Marshall Mathers, to have influenced him at some point throughout his career. It was clear Mac Miller’s influence spread further afield than just pinnacle players of the game though the late Juice WRLD spoke about the artist on a No Jumper podcast.
“My head still fucked up about this shit, I haven’t accepted it yet. You know, it feels surreal that Mac Miller has passed away.”
Mac’s parents named him after Malcolm X, with his father initially wanting his middle name to be Xavier. This is worth a mention, right?
Illustration courtesy of Joshua Ganley.
End of part one.