Mac Miller (born January 19, 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; † September 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California; real name Malcolm James McCormick) was an American rapper. Under the pseudonym Larry Fisherman, he was also a music producer. He also produced a season of his own reality television show Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family.
Miller was self-taught and could play piano, guitar, drums and bass by the age of 6. He began rapping at 14, and in 2007, at the age of 15, he released his first mixtape, But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy. In 2009, the mixtape How High followed, as well as the preview album The Jukebox. In early 2010, Mac Miller signed a record deal with Rostrum Records. On August 13, 2010, he released his mixtape K.I.D.S (Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit). This was followed in 2011 by the mixtape Best Day Ever and the EP On and On and Beyond.
On November 8 of the same year, he released his first album Blue Slide Park, named after a park in his hometown. The album deals with the places of his youth. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with sales of 144,000 copies in its first week. In 2013, Miller starred in his own reality television show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family, produced by MTV. The show followed the production of his second album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, which was released on June 18, 2013.
On May 11, 2014, Miller’s 10th mixtape was released, Faces, which dealt with themes of drug use, celebrity, and the past. The following album, GO:OD AM, was released September 2015, and was Miller’s first major label record. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200. Less than a year later, Miller released his next album, The Divine Feminine, which dealt with themes of love and sex. On August 3, 2018, he released his fifth album, Swimming, which debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, with first-week sales of 66,000 copies. The album was nominated for the Award for Best Rap Album at the 2019 Grammy Awards.
On September 7, 2018, Mac Miller was found dead at the age of 26 in his home in Studio City, a Los Angeles neighborhood. The cause of death was determined to be an accidental combined overdose of painkillers, alcohol and other drugs. An autopsy revealed residues of fentanyl and cocaine, among other drugs.
Lontrell Dennell Williams, Jr. (born November 8, 1999), better known by his stage name Pooh Shiesty, is an American rapper from Memphis, Tennessee. At the time of his death, Miller was still working on the album, which was to be released as a companion album to Swimming. It was finished by Jon Brion, who also worked on the production of Swimming.