November 17, 2018

Jewish Rapper Mac Miller Dead at 26

Mac Miller

Jewish rapper Mac Miller was found dead at his home in the San Fernando Valley on Friday, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The cause of death was an apparent drug overdose.

Miller, 26, whose real name was Malcolm McCormick, was born to a Christian father and a Jewish mother. Growing up, he had a bar mitzvah and attended Jewish summer camp. In a 2016 interview with Rolling Stone, when asked if because he was Jewish he had anything to atone for, Miller said, “Yeah! Don’t we all? If I had to pick something, what I’m going for this year is just being 100 percent honest with everybody in my life.”

According to the Times, Miller had long struggled with drug issues. He battled with some of these issues publicly during a high profile two-year relationship with pop star Ariana Grande. Their relationship ended in May.

According to the Times, paramedics responded to his home in the 11600 block of Valleycrest Road.

Miller burst out onto the hip-hop scene with the hit single, “Donald Trump,” in 2011, an aspirational tune about acquiring wealth. He had just released a new album, “Swimming,” last month, and was preparing to tour in support of the record, with a concert scheduled for Oct. 31 at the Greek Theatre.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jewish teen rapper’s album tops Billboard chart [VIDEO]

A Jewish teen rapper has had his first album debuted at the top of Billboard 200 chart.

“Blue Slide Park,” the first album-length effort from Mac Miller, a 19-year-olf Pittsburgh-reared emcee, sold 144,000 copies in its first week.

The rapper, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, has a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. He has a prominent “chai” tattoo in Hebrew letters on his upper arm.

The rapper’s feat is all the more remarkable since his album is independently distributed by Rostrum Records. The last and only indie album release to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart was Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food” back in 1995.

Miller’s meteoric rise is in large part due to his adroit use of social-networking media. He has more than a million “likes” on Facebook and nearly the same number of followers on Twitter.

Miller’s most popular song on YouTube is “Donald Trump,” and the “Celebrity Apprentice” host has signaled his approval of the track. Another big hit for Miller is “Nikes on my Feet,” which is an ode to his footwear in the same tradition as Run DMC’s “My Adidas.”