Back in 2012, we were lucky enough to catch up with Mac Miller not once, but twice.
In his Rap City segment we gave the then 20-year-old Miller a lift to his show at Toronto venue Kool Haus, but not before Mac gave viewers a tour of the Much truck. Miller and Much VJ Tyrone Edwards then chatted about his viral single “Donald Trump,” for which the rapper gained notoriety and even garnered a few nasty tweets from the now-President as well.
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They also talked about his connection to Drake, who was hot off the release of Take Care. The two artists were both vying for the title of Best Jewish Rapper In The Game (Drizzy even suggested that they settle the topic in Tel Aviv), but Miller made it clear that they were just joking around, despite some Toronto outlets taking the claims seriously.
Watch the full interview below.
Later that year we spoke to Miller again, this time about the success of his debut record Blue Slide Park. At the time of its release in 2011, the album entered the Billboard charts at No. 1, a feat that hadn’t been achieved by an independent artist since 1995.
“That was an incredible day for me to make history like that,” he said. “I give that one to my fans. It definitely put me on another level.”
Miller had just released his mixtape Macadelic and was in the process of working with Pharrell on what would later become their collaborative EP Pink Slime.
Mac Miller died last Friday from an apparent overdose in his home in San Fernando, TMZ reported. Miller’s family have since confirmed the news in a statement writing, “Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26. He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans.”