Mac Miller: The Man Who Lived Free
Two days have passed since Mac Miller's death, and how unfortunate this tragic event has been for the world and more importantly his family, it has weighed heavy on my friends as well. This isn't the typical hop on the band wagon death of an artist, this is someone we admired and always rooted for as if he was apart of our own inner circle, This was thee Mac Miller. To some extent he was apart of my inner circle. He made jokes, spoke of good times and bad with clarity, humor, reasoning and introspective thought as any good friend would when you need advice or a lending ear. Mac did all this for my friends unbeknowst to himself. This friendship occurred through the many growing phases of life for Mac and My friends via Music. He was the 12th Man in football or the Sixth Man in Basketball, just in our inner circle and possibly yours too. During Mac Miller's entry way into the hip hop scene, a few states away there was a group of 4 kids doing the same thing at a less successful way. I mean we did our thing but this isn't about that part of myself but its more focused on the fact that as a kid, you believe the world is truly your playground. We felt and we were invincible, as in many ways was Mac Miller. Now this isn't to say we weren't human but our sheer belief in making something from the little we were given speaks volumes to how immortal we felt. We had no fears, no doubts, no reservations on anything but doing what we wanted our way. I am in no way ashamed of that. Mac Miller did his thing his way and he will be immortalized as a legend for how he did it. He was a really great musical genius who departed way before his prime and time . Mac helped pioneer one of the greatest eras of hip hop music along with other mixtape heavyweights such as Drake, Wiz Khalifa, Wale, Dom Kennedy, XV, and many others. This era of music took off right before college (I would say Summer '07 to be exact) and everything through college into my first full time job or so (2013).This was pivotal time in music and within our lives as growing boys into men. We practically grew up with Easy Mac with the cheesy raps, he helped me through some of the toughest years of my life indirectly. That's why this is so hard on myself, its like losing a really close friend. To further that thought this is the first death we have witnessed from that Generation who thrived from the '07 and on era. Granted we still have many artists left but not many with a spirit and style like Mac Miller. All these years feeling Immortal and always feeling I will always have time to do whatever is on my mind, this kind of put a time on things. Our window is closing we are getting old and this is the first time since I was 17 I feel mortal. This untimely passing makes it feel like our generation is coming to a close... Maybe it has already. Before I close this out, I would like to tell you your music has gotten me through some tough shit. I played Best Day Ever mix tape , Wale's "Black + Gold" and J.Cole - A Star Is Born during the entire process of my son being born, Blue Slide Park album was the first album I downloaded and listened to during a very depressed phase in my life during frequent court visits, couple arrests and I remember Macadelic dropping when I moved to my second apartment at 22. That mixtape, and Overdoz Live For, Die For and my discovery of Dom Kennedy got me through a whirlwind of depression and unfortunate events. I want to say thank you for your energy and your inspiration always, you helped me through some ill shit. Mac Miller was and always will be a hero to many all around the world and a genius lyricist + musician. The world is broken over your passing but we know you are Kickin' Incredibly Dope Shit with Nike's On Your Feet in Heaven.
God Bless Your Soul + Rest Easy, Mac Miller .
You've Truly Lived Legendary.