The Curious Life of Malcolm McCormick

The Curious Life of Malcolm McCormick

AKA “Mac Miller” AKA “Delusional Thomas” AKA “Larry Fisherman”

The Curious Life of Malcolm McCormick

AKA “Mac Miller” AKA “Delusional Thomas” AKA “Larry Fisherman”

I can remember my first Mac Miller concert like it was yesterday. Headlining a show featuring Chance The Rapper and The Internet, I remember Mac having such a relaxed but powerful stage presence. It never felt like he was too big for the moment.

In a way, we all grew up with Mac Miller, which is what makes his sudden death that much more painful. I can remember blasting KIDS in high school every day before class in high school and the crazy thing was everyone else was doing the same thing. Not just in Atlanta, but all over the country. Mac Miller was one of us, he wasn’t too big for anyone and he gave us everything through his art and music.

26 years old. That’s too young for anyone to lose their life, let alone someone with the talent that coursed through Mac Miller’s veins. Although his struggle with drug addiction was no secret, it was thought that he had turned a new leaf. Mac was coming off of an incredibly successful album, Swimming, and in the process of stepping back into the spotlight after an acrimonious breakup with long time girlfriend Ariana Grande.

Mac Miller’s career was never straight forward but it was always seen as one with true promise. This wasn’t just down to his lyrics, but rather his overall artistry that is so crucial to separating musicians in today’s oversaturated industry. Bursting onto the scene with his acclaimed mixtape KIDS, a goofy Pittsburgh teenager set the groundwork to becoming one of hip-hop’s most versatile and beloved members. As his career progressed, he grew from underground sensation to mainstream star with albums such as Blue Slide Park, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, Good A.M. and The Divine Feminine, catapulting him to the forefront of hip-hop. While producing these incredible albums, Mac showcased his growth as a creative on a soundcloud page where he assumed the pseudonym “Larry Fisherman” and released more experimental cuts such as “Erica’s House,” “Just Some Raps, Nothing To See Here, Move Along”, “Doodling in The Key Of C Sharp” and, in my opinion, the most underrated Mac Miller project: Faces.

Although his cause of death is unconfirmed, I’d like to think that Mac Miller didn’t intentionally OD. It really felt like he was back, much in the same way after the release of Divine Feminine. While we mourn the passing of one of the great artists in music, there’s a bigger message here. We all know people struggling with addiction whether we want to believe it or not. It’s not lame to talk about your feelings and what’s hurting you. There’s this stigma that you’re weak if you let stuff affect you and I hate that about our society. We all need to take care of each other because next time it could be your friend or your family member or even you. Life’s short, don’t be afraid to tell people that you love them.

Rest in Power Mac Miller, your story will live on through your art.