Mac Miller's last album secures his first Grammy nomination posthumously
The rapper who passed away at the age of 26 in September was nominated for the Best Rap Album category in the 2019 Grammy Awards
The 2019 Grammy nominees list is out and Mac Miller's final album, prior to his death, secured him his first Grammy nomination. The rapper, who passed away at the age of 26 in September, bagged a posthumous nomination in the Best Rap Album category for his fifth studio album, 'Swimming'. This nod is the first of his career spanning over a decade.
Mac Miller, whose real name was Malcolm James McCormick, was pronounced dead at the scene on September 7 at his San Fernando Valley home. Later reports by the L.A. County Coroner's Office announced the 'What's the use' rapper died from "mixed drug toxicity," noting fentanyl, cocaine, and alcohol. His death was categorized as death by accident.
Miller had always been open about his battle with depression and drug use. In 2015's interview with Larry King, Miller opened up saying his depression and drug use were intertwined. "I had a drug problem for a long time," he said. "It wasn't just in music, but I definitely was going through a drug problem and I think it was more my state of mind. I was just pretty depressed."
In the same interview, he added people did not take his depression seriously. "It's funny because you talk to people, and they say, 'What do you have to be depressed about? You have money.'... Fame is tricky because you read what's said about you, and you know what you know to be true, and the lines start to blur."
In a February 2016 documentary for Fader, Miller spoke specifically about overdosing. "I'd rather be the corny white rapper than the drugged out mess who can't even get out of his house," he said. "Overdosing is just not cool. There's no legendary romance, you don't go down in history because you overdosed. You just die."
As of now, Miller's ex-girlfriend, Ariana Grande, released her new raving hit, "Thank U, Next" which referenced the late rapper; "Wish I could say thank you to Malcolm, 'cause he was an angel," she sings on the track. Miller and Ariana dated for almost two years before calling it quits in May. Ariana has also secured three Grammy nominations.