Hallie Bell – Mustangs Ahead

mustangs aheada emblem(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – 26-year-old rapper Malcom McCormick, who was commonly known as Mac Miller, passed away in his home in Studio City, California on Sept. 7, 2018. The late rapper’s death came after a long struggle with addiction.

The rapper’s untimely passing has resonated with many of his younger fans, many of whom attend LRHS.

“I think his death meant a lot to many of us because we thought we had more time to grow up to his music,” said junior Kyle Davenport.

Miller had just finished filming his music video for the song “Self Care,” from his most recent album “Swimming.” Many of the late rapper’s songs focused on the battle to stay positive through his struggle of addiction. Miller even did a Rolling Stone interview shortly before his death entitled “Mac Miller Wants You to Know He’s OK.”

“We all grew up in an era of rap music, with rappers like Mac and Wiz [Khalifa]. I don’t think any of us were ready for this,” said senior Ashley Dawson. “It’s like – in middle school we we’re bumping [listening to] ‘Faces’ and ‘Macadelic.’ We still listen to those mixtapes today. They’re timeless.”

In an interview earlier this year with “New York’s” Craig Jenkins, Miller addressed his issues with mental health. He said, “I really wouldn’t want just happiness, and I don’t want just sadness either. I don’t want to be depressed. I want to be able to have good days and bad days.””

“It’s like losing a homie,” said senior Haley Costano. “When you listen to an artist that much, it creates a personal relationship between artist and fan. I feel like I lost a friend.”

 “As a kid I didn’t learn that, but now I’m aware,
When you were young and you just tryna live your life and have some fun,
In a world where you have yet to see how evil it’s become,
It’s hard to have a dream when you deep inside of one”

 – Mac Miller

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