Premature death is never a good thing, no matter why it happens, and when the news of the death of hip-hop star Mac Miller broke, it was a reminder of an unpleasant phenomenon long associated with hip-hop as a genre. With the death of Mac Miller came the search for the unspoken truth about the circumstances that led to this phenomenon.
Here are some truths that we have uncovered about the rapper and his background. Take a look at this below.
Facts You Didn’t Know About Mac Miller
Mac Miller was Jewish
An unspoken truth that will surely surprise even fans of Mac Miller is the fact that he was Jewish. Apart from the fact that he did not identify strongly with his life, Jews are historically not known for their presence as performers in hip-hop.
The Jewish heritage of the rapper comes from his mother, Karen Meyers, who is a photographer. He grew up Jewish with his brother but attended a Catholic school.
He is a self-taught musician
There are a few remarkable things Mac Miller did before his death, but one fact that arouses interest in his musical exploits is the fact that he taught himself music. He learned to play guitar, drums, bass, and piano on his own before he was fourteen years old and taught himself to rap. At the age of 15, he decided to make a career as a rapper and released his first mixtape in 2007 under the stage name Easy Mac.
His first charting single was titled, Donald Trump
If Mac Miller were still alive, he might not be a big fan of the 45th President of the United States, considering his statements in the run-up to the 2016 elections, but by 2011 he was already a fan of the real estate mogul. His first Billboard Hot 100 single was named after the businessman, with lyrics praising him and his wealth. The single reached its peak with number 75 and sold more than a million copies.
Mac Miller’s first album was a critical failure
Considering his first studio album, Blue Slide Park was a commercially successful album that established Mac Miller’s fame as a rapper, one of the lesser-known truths is that it was a critical failure. The album was criticized by critics from Metacritic to Pitchfork to Rolling Stone. The disappointment of the critical reception of the album left Mac in a drug frenzy.
He began using drugs heavily in 2012
Mac Miller died from the effects of drugs, and this journey began in 2012 when he began using promethazine to relieve the stress of the Macadelic tour. Sadly, he graduated to lean back and take other hard and dangerous drugs, which he eventually became addicted to. In 2014, Miller took drugs daily, but before he died he had temporary periods of sobriety, one in 2016 and another in 2017.
He faced multiple legal problems
Another unspeakable truth about Mac Miller’s life is that during his lifetime he faced a variety of legal problems. His first brush with the law was an arrest for marijuana possession in February 2011.
The others include several lawsuits for stolen intellectual property, a $10 million lawsuit by renowned producer Lord Finesse and a $150,000 lawsuit by the band Aquarian.
He was also arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol, including a hit-and-run. He was charged for the crime, but he died before a trial, and the charges were eventually dropped.
Mac Miller died from fentanyl
On September 7, 2018, Mac Miller, unfortunately, died of a drug overdose. He was discovered by his personal assistant, and despite attempts to revive him, he was pronounced dead at 11:51 am.
The autopsy of his body showed that he died from a toxic cocktail of fentanyl, alcohol, and cocaine.
Three people have been arrested for his death
Although he died from a drug overdose, an investigation into his death has led to the arrest of three people involved in the chain distribution of the toxic drug. Cameron James Pettit, Ryan Reavis, and Stephen face charges for blending the drugs with counterfeit oxycodone containing fentanyl.
He was worth $9 million at the time of his death
Despite the struggles in his career, Mac Miller was worth a considerable sum at the time of his death, estimated at $9 million. His net fortune came from five albums, several mixtapes, and other career events.
His entire wealth was willed to his mother, brother, and father.