R.I.P. Mac Miller (Malcolm James McCormick) 1/19/92 - 9/07/18
Sadly we have another death to report in hip-hop today as rap artist Mac Miller (real name Malcolm James McCormick) was found dead in his California home of an apparent overdose. McCormick was only 26 years old at the time of his death.
Mac Miller started rapping in back in the 2000's, at which time he was known by the moniker EZ Mac. He had already released his first mixtape "But My Mackin' Ain't Easy" by the age of 15 and joined rap group The Ill Spoken. His true ascent to fame came after he signed with a label founded in his hometown of Pittsburgh - Rostrum Records. Taking advantage of the nascent promise of YouTube, Miller's video for "Donald Trump" seems eerily prescient in hindsight.
When his first studio album came out the song was notable by its absence, although Miller's profile continued to rise with the popularity of the "Party on 5th Ave." single which sampled heavily from 45 King's "900 Number" of Ed Lover dance fame. Miller's star was clearly on the rise.
Despite a tendency toward rivalry between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, the Philadelphia Flyers actually took Mac Miller's pre-Trump single "Knock Knock" and turned it into a recognizable anthem for the team and legions of fans.
As I once noted in a 2013 review there was more to Mac Miller than meets the eye but sadly his death curtails the potential to show us even more of what he was capable of. My condolences to his family, friends, and the hip-hop community as a whole. Maybe at some point we will finally address the epidemic of rap and rock superstars who overdose at a young age, but I've been following the music scene since the 1980's and nothing ever seems to change.
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Audio: Seed of 6ix x DJ Paul KOM - "Drone Trappin"
Dove: Seed of 6ix is back at it with "Drone Trappin", a new original single featuring and produced by DJ Paul K.O.M. Listen to the track, and be on the lookout for the Memphis duo's official project coming later this month!
Biz 3: "$uicideBoy$, they're the truth, man." - JUICY J
Fresh off an international headlining tour and their latest release "Meet Mr. Niceguy", New Orleans rap duo $uicideboy$ (comprised of $lick and Ruby Da Cherry) have shared their long-awaited official studio debut, I Want To Die in New Orleans, out today via G59 Records / Caroline. Prior to release the album garnered over 40,000 units in pre-sales worldwide. The debut builds on their signature and genre-expanding production and arrives after the duo has spent time traveling the globe. I Want to Die in New Orleans showcases the duo's versatility in both sound and lyrics while emphasizing their growth as artists.
Currently on tour for their headlining I WANT TO DIE IN NEW ORLEANS TOUR, which includes sold-out dates in New York City, Chicago, Denver, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles, and New Orleans, the duo have shared that they will be bringing along special guests Germ and DJ Crystal Meth. The 11 date trek kicked off in Miami earlier this week and will span across the US, bringing their live experience and pop ups to select cities and fans across the country (full dates below).
$ucideboy$ started working on the album in 2017 which was initially titled I Don't Want to Die in New Orleans; however, after some introspection and shifting perspectives they changed the name and took to Instagram to explain the change. The duo strives to create clever, thought-provoking music that continues to push boundaries, resonates with society's outliers and remains true to their mission, which $lick says is "We make music for people who don't know who they are, and where they belong. That's the whole philosophy behind $uicideboy$: nothing is ever permanent - especially life."
$uicideboy$ make music that parents don't understand and have tapped into a welcoming community of over 4M followers across social media, leading to sold-out international tours in Europe, Asia and North America, bookings on world music festivals including Lollapalooza, 30M monthly views on their videos, and over 1B streams across the entire $uicideboy$ catalog. Which is why it's no surprise that XXL magazine heralded them as "one of the fastest growing acts in hip-hop right now". Catch them while on tour and and stay tuned for more news to follow.
LISTEN TO "MEET MR. NICEGUY":
LISTEN TO "CARROLLTON":
PURCHASE / STREAM I WANT TO DIE IN NEW ORLEANS:
I WANT TO DO DIE IN NEW ORLEANS TRACKLIST:
1. King Tulip
2. Bring Out Your Dead
4. Nicotine Patches
5. 10,000 Degrees
6. 122 Days
7. Phantom Menace
8. Krewe du Vieux (Comedy & Tragedy)
9. WAR TIME ALL THE TIME
11. Long Gone (Save Me From This Hell)
12. Meet Mr. Niceguy
14. FUCK the Industry
15. I No Longer Fear The Razor Guarding My Heel (IV)