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.
Biz 3: DJ Durel has shared a new video for his scorching song "Hot Summer" (feat. Migos) which was released in July via Quality Control Music / Motown Records / Capitol. The Producer, DJ, engineer, and part of the Migos/Quality Control conglomerate has been quietly contributing to some of the most popular songs from the label including "Ice Tray" from the Quality Control: Control The Streets Volume 1 compilation and Migos' "Narcos" from Culture II.
Press Release: Belly Announces New Album Immigrant at Made In America
Republic: During his packed set on the main stage at the Made In America festival, multiplatinum-certified rapper, songwriter and producer BELLY announced that his new album Immigrant [XO/Roc Nation/Republic Records] will be released on October 12th and also revealed the artwork for the album that features a photo of BELLY as a boy in Jordan.
"I came here as an immigrant, I came from nothing & made myself into something. I want to show every young immigrant in the world that anything is possible." Says BELLY.
The announcement was live-streamed on TIDAL.
During his set, BELLY wore his popular "IMMIGRANT" t-shirt. Inspired by the hundreds of Families Belong Together protests which occurred on Saturday, June 30 across the nation, the artist took to action, creating this statement t-shirt. 100% of the artists profits benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Rescue Committee (IRC). Born and raised in the Middle East, BELLY stands out as an immigrant to both Canada & the US.
In 2018, he continues to spread the message with one proud, poetic, and powerful proclamation that sums up everything: Immigrant.
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